On Sunday I managed 13.5km of my planned 17km long run before the Dreaded Knee won over, and through gritted teeth I had to admit defeat. After much debating about walk/ running home and even trying a few yards at a time I knew the game was up and limped to the bus stop in a sulk.
I spent the rest of the afternoon with ice packs at the ready, developing an autumn cold and feeling sorry for myself. I had come to the realisation that no amount of Green Giant frozen peas were going to sort out this particular issue. I had an idea this may be the Insufferable IT band causing all this worry, but I had to seek advice from the professionals.
And I was right. Thankfully by some miracle granted by the running gods, I got myself an appointment on a day’s notice. and some tough advice to boot.
The diagnosis? In order of pain brought on by physio massage (I screamed. Like a baby)
- Rock hard, aching calves brought on by too many days tottering about in high heels and not enough stretching. Apparently this is also why I’m not getting faster, my calves aren’t able to generate the power because they’re TOO STIFF. I blame Kurt Geiger
- Inflamed IT band from non-engaged glutes. Yes I have a LAZY ass! Oh and, not enough stretching
- Very tight hip-flexors from, you guessed it, not enough stretching AND cycling up hills in France
My physio thinks we may be able to do a ‘patch up’ job for the Royal Parks, provided I take nurofen for two weeks like fiend and do my exercises/ stretches every single day. Twice. At least. And come back to see her for more torture, aka treatment. Serves me right. Really should’ve down the stretches, starting about 2 years ago.
Oh and meet my new Best Friend – the Foam Roller. Welcome to the House of Pain. I screamed like a baby, again.
|Resting. While I choke back tears OF PAIN|
|Getting acquainted. Pre-excruciating, blood curdling screams|
Stella found this new development somewhat unnerving, attacked the foam roller and then tried to sit on me while I was doing my stretches. I might make her stretch with the roller if she tries that again. Not a helpful coach.
|Stella is suspicious|
I’ve also had to take one last, long look at my beautiful collection of heels as they are now, verboden until after the race, and even then I suspect my physio would suggest not on a daily basis. There goes my cost-per-wear theory. But an excuse to buy new shoes. So not a terrible day.
|Wicked Witch Flats – serious toe cleavage|