My knee has been niggling away for a while - managable, but there. After my recent 5km race and a speedwork session 3 days later it all flared up, and I could feel tightness from my hip to my knee. Boo hoo.
I have been visiting Dot and Wendy at Bodyneed, and they have prescribed me some exercises and foam rolling to do. The problem is that my patella is being pulled laterally by a tight ITB and weak vastus medialis. Also - apparently I have only been doing half clams so my glute medius is weak in the outer range of extension. After 3 weeks things are improving a lot. I've been for a few interval type runs and things feel a lot more stable.
My new-ish Mizuno Wave Rider's which only have around 250km on them are wearing poorly on the R forefoot, and my physio thinks this could be a catalyst. Maybe they are a dud pair, as the R one bends sharply in the forefoot almost like it is cracked.
My old Mizuno's (same model with 500kms on them) are in much better nick so I'm currently running in them.
In the meantime I've been for a few family tramps out west. On the most recent one we parked at the end of Log Race Road and headed down towards Karekare.
We headed south on the Mercer Loop Walk and Coman's Track to Karekare, then north again on Ahu Ahu Track.
The coastal tracks have some spectacular scenery and are now part of the Hillary Trail - definitely worth a visit!
|Te Ahua Point and the Tasman Sea|
I was hoping things would be right enough to run Riverhead Xterra, but not to be. I'm gutted, but in this for the long haul - and that means recovering properly, and hopefully running freely like a gazelle again soon!