When I was younger I had “growing pains” in my right knee, something that I was bound to grow out of.
In 2003, I am not sure if I was still experiencing “growing pains” but I had a snowboarding fall where I fell really hard on the ice. My knee blew up, and I was unable to bend it, there was no chance of seeing my knee cap anytime soon. This happened on the first day of SnowSports Interschools and I was entered in 6 events for the week. I didn’t want to let my team down, and I didn’t want to miss out on conquering 6 events. So I finished all my events, I took a little off the throttle for the moguls, which really disappointed me because I did like to see how far down the course I could get off the first jump so I could do less turns. It took a long time for that knee to get better.
Following 2003, I have spent a lot of time horse riding and snowsports and in the cold, the knee really does hurt. The Physio’s advice was to give up the snowboarding, that advice was something I was never going to take.
Anyway in 2008, I took a massive tumble of a push bike in London and again the knee swelled up (not as bad as 2003), but it seemed to take a long time to calm down, even now I still feel a little extra fluid in there. Most days I walk around with a click in my knee.
And now, I am entered for the 2010 Half Melbourne Marathon. My feet are flat, so I am constantly getting blisters. I rolled my ankle really bad a few weeks back and the knee still hates the cold. Although I feel the fittest I have ever been it still takes me like an hour to run 8 km’s or so, and to this day I haven’t really run more than that. And the Half is only 6 weeks away!
So I am in two minds about this Half Marathon thing. I mean I have enough willpower to get me through. But, am I stupid to do this to my body?
I don’t know what to do? I don’t want to puss out but I also don’t want break myself?