Finding another way

Four weeks ago I’ve started running. I haven’t run since I left sport school when I was fourteen. I thought that it would be a perfect way of gaining some fitness and getting good cardio workout done. I don’t really like sports, but I know I need to do this for my health, so I’m always searching for something that would be at least a little bit enjoyable and doing a good job at the same time.

Four weeks in into the NHS Couch to 5k program and my knee decided to remind me why I wasn’t running till now. It started hurting me day after my last run of the week four. I couldn’t sleep because of it and it was really swollen the next day. I knew it could happen as I my knee problems started when I was 12, but I was hoping that after so many years of doing only low impact exercises it would be fine.

Well, it isn’t. After three days the swelling is almost completely gone, but I can still feel the pain when I put weight on it. I think that I’ll have to give up running and make a new plan. I’ll probably go back to stationary bike rides and hiking combination.

It’s such a pity as for the first time in my life I was actually enjoying my running sessions. Maybe I’ll try again some day. Or maybe I’ll fall in love with my new exercising routine and I’ll won’t need running any more. We’ll see. For now it’s back to stationary bike anyway. The biggest advantage of exercising this way is that I can read or watch a movie while doing it.