Running strikes again
So, I tried to get back into running after failing in previous years due to injury. So far this year, it seems like my luck hasn’t changed.
On my third run of the 2017 build-up, I started to feel my left knee and right ankle get very tight and sore. This sometimes happens when I run, but it usually frees up as the workout progresses. This time, it got worse and I was forced to walk it home for the last half of a mile.
Almost a week on and the knee and ankle are still painful and giving me grief, even warranting some reduced bike training. I have a race in Holland (the Benelux Cup final) on Sunday, and suffice to say I’m a little worried about the recovery progression of these injuries. It might be a case of painkiller-ing up and getting on with it.
As a side note, I did take a few steps to try and avoid these running injuries by performing 30-40 minutes of core strength and muscle activation work before the workouts. The one mistake I did make is running for too long on the first few outings. In future and as a piece of advice to cyclists looking to use running as cross-training, I would encourage a 10-15 minute limit for at least the first week.
Here's the straw (run) that broke the camel's (my) back (knee):
I’m now using the recovery time to focus more on my core strength, and will continue to ride the bike every day on the flat and at an easy intensity.
I’ll keep you up to date with how recovery is progressing.