Let the rebuild commence

Starting from scratch

2020 is now in full swing and thankfully it also means 2019 is over. Despite a decent March and April it was been a God awful year for me personally. Family wise it has been hard for us all but one thing that has come of it is we are a closer unit. Thankfully we have passed through the darkness and back into the light, my daughter has had her heart operation and the outcome is very positive. As a family we are looking forward to a bright future.

Now onto running. To experience the highs you also have to experience the lows and for me I’ve been stuck in the lows pretty much since April 2017 when I DNF’d at Manchester marathon. I’ve had a few bright moments but on a whole it’s been one bad decision after another. This was no ones fault but my own as was too stubborn to realise the hole I was in. I started this year well and thought I had turned a corner then I decided to try racing on the fells again and BAM! my running world came crashing down around me as I injured my knee (turns out it was actually a quad tear) in my first fell race in May. I tried to ignore it at first, then I missed most of June and beginning of July. I attempted a comeback in July only for it to last 2 weeks. Then another setback meant I managed only a handful of weeks in August. Then come autumn I thought I had put it behind me and was slowly getting fitter only to re-injure the knee falling down a pot hole putting me back to square one. I sat out the rest of October and all of November and most of December. I’ve paid to see a number of specialists and no one could actually tell me what I had injured or how to cure it. However just before Xmas I got some results at last, firstly due to my RTC back in 2002 my cartridge is knackered (I always knew it was a ticking clock with that)  and I had a tear on my meniscus. Now we want to avoid surgery on the knee as there is a lot of scar tissue etc and would probably mean game over for me as I know how bad the knee was as it ended my Navy career. We have a plan of rehab work to build up the surrounding muscles. The aim is for them to be stronger to take the pressure of the actual joint. It’s going to be a long process but one I hope will mean I can run and enjoy the sport I love.

Having this injury has taught me not to take things for granted. I was lucky for so long with injury but know this one is going to take time to recover from. Instead of thinking days and weeks. I’m looking at months and years before I’m back to where I want to be. I’ve used the injury to draw a line on the past and only look forward as it’s the only way I’m going.

Thankfully I don’t plan on retiring anytime soon and know plenty of runners who don’t peak till they’re in their 40’s so I have a good number of years left in me. Short term it’s now about rebuilding the miles slowly. Gone are the high mileage weeks and big long runs. For now its about low miles but daily to keep me moving as we’ve found when i rest the knee the following day it’s like starting again. So somedays I have just one mile all up hill to keep me moving and also build up the leg muscles. I’m also cycling indoors 6 days a week as well as other physio work.

There is no specific speed sessions or long runs at the moment. At moment it is simple taking it one day at a time and not looking further then the upcoming weekend. This year I have no races planned, no time targets, no championship targets. It’s simple about being able to run again and hopefully pain free. I’m going to be using parkrun to help test knee once a week and also give me a break from running locally and my sunday run is on the trails to help take impact off the knee.

I don’t want another setback. Here is what I’ve planned for this month

Week Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
30/12 3 miles 3 miles 1 mile parkrun 5 miles
5/1 1 mile 3 miles 3 miles 3 miles 1 mile parkrun 6 miles
12/1 2 mile 3.5 miles 3.5 miles 3.5 miles 1.5 mile parkrun 7 miles
19/1 3 miles 4 miles 4 miles 4 miles 2 miles parkrun 8 miles
26/1 4 miles 4.5 miles 4.5 miles 4.5 miles 2.5 miles parkrun 9 miles
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