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02 March 2018 @ 01:22 pm
The Road to the London Marathon: 7 Weeks to Go.  
While my knee was not "right" on Sunday, I decided to risk a run. My plan was not to faff around with anything fancy like jelly babies, but go out and start running. If it was not immediately painful I would run 3 miles (unless pain set in), walk a bit to reassess, run another 3 miles and so on until I decided it was a bad idea or I'd gone 15 miles. In the end I ran 14 miles (because I wasn't hundred percent certain I was doing fine in the last couple of walking bits) in moderately dull circles around the local park since I wanted to remain in close walking distance to home the entire time. 14 miles felt like a good place to stop since it was the distance I should have run last Sunday. My knee actually started hurting when I walked back but was fine for the run and certainly no worse (that meaning, it twinges from time to time when walking) the following day.

Encouraged by this I re-gigged the training plan. I'm currently a week behind, but the only crucial part is the long runs on Sundays and I can see how to make them up.

Then 'The Beast from the East' arrived giving my German colleagues plenty of opportunity to scoff at the British reaction to snow. Tuesday was actually pretty pleasant. B. expressed doubts about running but I'd rather run on snow than ice any day and I had a bright and clear 60 minute run at a steady pace. Logistics then made planning a bit tricky. Ideally I'd have left a day between runs but that would have meant running in Swindon (a largely unknown city), in the middle of storm Emma at about 6am in the morning, which didn't seem like the brightest idea I've ever had. In the end I headed out at lunch time on Wednesday for a 35 minute run that wasn't entirely unpleasant but was more blustery than I would have liked on snow that was more compacted and tending towards the slippery than I'd have like either. The knee complained a bit afterwards but overall seemed fine!

Actually the knee is almost completely fine when running, but definitely less happy about walking (particularly in the snow). I have a suspicion it is something to do with over-extension but I'm not anatomist. I'm considering following my BiL's recommendation of getting regular sports' massages. I believe the university gym can provide.

So it looks like I'm still in the game here. I just need to be careful and lucky.

KM run this week: 39.6km
KM run in 2018: 290.1

While raising money for charity is not my motivation for participation, it is a big part of the London Marathon. Shelter have bribed me with a T-shirt and the promise of a post-race massage. People have been incredibly generous already (and at the moment, obviously, it's not entirely clear I'll be running at all), but you can donate here should you feel so inclined.

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