Tuesday, 21 April 2009

As at the moment, my knee feels a lot better. But, it might just be because I haven't been walking or running for the last 10 days or so. (But I like to be optimistic)

I have iced my knee a few times as I have been told it may help.

The only walk I have done is maximum 2 miles a few times.

On Sunday, I had dancing rehearsal at Courfour and again later on that day at Ballakermeen High School. I tested my knee out by running to Courfour from my house. My knee didn't hurt and I was really happy about that. But in the afternoon, I also tried to run home from Ballakermeen, but unfortunately, the pain came back. I did the sensible thing of walking home instead.

Last Friday was my last working day with Barclays. I now work for Autism Initiatives UK which is a charity helping Autistic people and their families. My main placement is at Glenvine and I have been cycling there and back this week which surprisingly doesn't hurt my knee. Although the job isn't physically active, it is definitely a lot more tiring, as your on your feet all day - in contrast to sitting down, behind a desk, all day.

It's only my second day, but I definitely feel that I have made the right choice. It's really challenging but rewarding and fulfilling too. It's what I have been looking for in a job for quite a while.

The job involves working weekends and shifts so I have had to book the Parish as holiday. (I might not need it as holiday, as it could end up being my day off anyway, but I did it in case it didn't work out like that. I didn't want to take any chances.

In a way, I feel quite bad because I have had to book quite a bit of holiday (but it has all been booked and paid for prior to job offer):

Parish Walk,
Great North Run in Newcastle
Isle of Man Walking Festival - training for the Parish
Family holiday to Ibiza (quiet side)
Climbing up Machu Pichu in South America with Family

I'm really exciting about my new job and I'm really keen to learn. Someone lent me a autobiography to read. A girl with Autism wrote the book and I've been told that it is good read.

To be honest, even if I didn't have this niggling pain in my knee, I wouldn't be able to train this week anyway. I feel really bad because Jenny has texted me a couple of times asking if I want to go for a walk with her, but unfortunately, I don't want to because of my knee and I can't because I'm so busy this week. I've started my new job, I have dancing rehearsals every night as we are doing a show at the Gaiety from Thurs - Sat. I need to somewhere along the lines visit the Douglas Police station because I've been selected to be a community Officer, which is working alongside the police voluntarily - and, one of my best friends just had a baby girl called Leah, 7 pounds. (who I haven't even been able to meet and probably won't have the chance too until next week.)

I shouldn't complain, when I do have half an hour to relax, I hate it.

Well....the Sara Killey walk is this Sunday I believe. I hope so anyway. I hope the rest this week does me good rather than the opposite effect. I will have to see what happens to my knee? I am not going to walk fast at all, probably the pace that I want to do in this years Parish, perhaps 4 miles an hour or just over that.

The Sara Kiley walk is 30 miles long and for the last 2 Parish's, I completed Peel in under 7 hours, so probably capable of completing the new Sara Killey walk in around 6 hours 30 minutes, but I'm not interested in speed at the moment, I just want to concentrate on distance.

Good luck, to everyone taking part in the event!

Monday, 13 April 2009

The last thing I need!!!

The only form of training that I have done since my last update is going to the gym during my lunch on Friday and walking 27 miles on Sunday. The 27 miles was split up throughout the day because I walked home from Kirk Michael an extra long way which was probably 21 miles. I then walked to dancing and back later that day and walked to the bus station in the evening. My legs and feet felt great, however, I did have blisters on my feet which I only noticed once I took my shoes and socks off.

Apart from that, I haven't done much - training wise, I've either been resting to perform well in a race or injured! :(

I've injured my knee quite badly and I'm really upset about it. It's the not knowing whats wrong with it, how it happened or what I need to do to make the injury go away.

I first felt my knee niggling on Good Friday, (The day I did the 10km run in Port Erin). My mum reckons it's because I've done too much and over trained but the ironic thing is - I didn't train 4 nights in a row because of the Port Erin 10km run.

I completed the race in 51 minutes. I am a bit disappointed because I wanted at least 50 minutes, but I did push myself and I forget every time how hilly the route is. My knee wasn't hurting during the race. At least I didn't think so at the time. (I am able to block out pain when I need too.) Only after the race was my knee really sore. I couldn't bend my leg and hobbled back to my car.

The following day my knee still hurt and again, I couldn't bend my leg. I met my friends in town and I struggled to keep up with the strolling pace. (A sight not often seen.)

However, the next day, Easter Sunday, my knee was fine and I could walk normally again. In actual fact, I completely forgot about the injury and really fancied a run in the evening. I ran 7 miles, it was really uncomfortable. The last mile I had to walk home because my knee was so sore. I cannot recall ever walking when I go out specifically for a run. I should have turned back the minute I took my first step and felt pain, but I love running and walking, it's what I do.

I'm not joking when I say I can't walk from A-B. This Easter Weekend I've been getting around on my push bike. My knee does hurt slightly when cycling but no where near to the extent of when I run or walk.

My mum has offered to drive me to work tomorrow. Some people, if not most people would prefer a lift to work, but not me, I hate the idea of not being able to walk to work and back.

My oldest brother Graham (24) also had a knee injury recently and he had a look at it to see if I had something similar. He is no physio therapist and couldn't help in the end but suggested an exercise that strengthens your core. Graham said that a lot of runners get injuries because all they do is run and have no core strength. (that's why my mum has a bad back now and she says Pilate's does her the world of good.)

I'm really worried about this injury because the Parish means everything to me and I've done so much training. It's typical really, we are only 2 Months away from the big day. I hope that I am exaggerating this injury and that it disappears, but I can't help but think the worse.

Mum reckons I should book a doctors appointment now so that if I need to see a physio, I can get on the waiting list now, rather than later.

I have arranged to meet Jenny a few times this week for a walk but I think I am going to have to cancel on her. I hate letting people down, especially when it comes to walking because I know how de-motivating it can be to go out on your own when you expected company. But if I don't cancel on her, I'll be letting myself down. Anyhow, I can't walk even if I wanted to, so I don't have a choice in the matter.

I also have the Sara Kiley walk in 2 weeks time, so cross fingers the injury has gone away by then.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

So much for resting?

I haven't rested since the half marathon, I should really, but I'm going to rest next week instead as I'm taking part in the Port Erin 6 Mile run on Good Friday.

On Monday (bearing in mind this was the day after the half marathon) I went on a 7 mile run varying my speed from jogging to running to sprinting. It was really tough, my legs felt so heavy and I was grateful when I finished. All the way through the run I thought to myself that I shouldn't be doing this.

I was thinking about resting on Tuesday, but I had already arranged to meet Jenny for a walk. Including my walk to work, I walked 12 miles in total. I started at Courfour leaving all my belongings in a locker there. I had dancing later that night at Courfour so I left my bag their deliberately. When I got home, my front door was locked, no one was in and I forgot to bring my house keys with me, (I left it in my bag at Courfour.) I was really annoyed at myself, I started walking back to Courfour, which would have added an extra 4 miles to the walk but I saw my mums Car at Shoprite and I got the keys off her - luckily. It meant having tea before going to dancing, which I needed.

On Wednesday, I met the usual running group at Nobles Park, we did a speed training session. We ran down quite a steep hill, along some thick grass and then back up another steep hill. We repeated it 6 times with a 2 minute rest each time. Afterwards, we did 2 sprints, 1 down a hill, the other up a hill. It was really hard and I fell asleep really early whilst watching TV.

On Thursday, I was planning on meeting up with a friend and resting. But she wanted to go to the gym to do a "Thighs, bums and tums" class. She asked me to go with her for 'moral support' and guess what? That's exactly what I did. So much for resting.

Tomorrow, I'm planning to go to the gym during my lunch, so I can't do much even if I wanted to. I will definitely rest on Saturday, but on Sunday I'm planning on walking home from Kirkmichael.