I've joined the local sports centre. It works out as two swims a week to make it worth the membership fee. They also do deep water running there. The next session is an advanced one though, and I might just time my swim to coincide so I can watch what they get up to. Or join in if I'm feeling brave!
My knee pain is classic ilio-tibial band syndrome. I have been advised not to run again until the marathon. Initially, as I wrote last time, I wanted to get out this week and see if I could break that 18 mile barrier. Now, I see that would be silly. It was Tuesday until I was walking normally again. I could manage stairs by then too. I still have pain when I walk more than quarter of a mile though.
I plan to replace every run with a swim or an aqua session of some sort - deep water running, cardio aqua, maybe aqua zumba next week. My original training schedule only has nine more runs. That's how close the marathon is! I'd already worked out when I was going to fit them in. Fortunately the pool isn't far away. I'm taking regular anti-inflammatories and I've started some specific stretches too.
All this just adds an extra dimension of uncertainty to the process. I've had a few moments where I wondered whether all the work I put in was in vain. It's entirely feasible that on 22nd April I will be unable to walk that far. On the other hand, if the tension eases, the inflammation settles and the pain subsides, I could be like a coiled spring. Itching to go with all that training behind me and well maintained fitness in this final phase...maybe.
Many thanks to those who have sponsored me recently. Especially those in the last week who are well aware that completing the run is less of a certainty. Jan, Christine and Helen at work have been so encouraging this week. They've let me go on about guiding a bit too!
Anyone considering a pity donation? Marathon or not, Girlguiding UK is a very valuable cause to contribute to and you can do so at my justgiving page.