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Just come back from a 12.5K run. Nothing special, just a couple of small hills about halfway round. About 1.5Km from the end of the run, I experienced a sudden shooting pain in my left knee as I lifted my leg. It felt like the knee had locked, and when I planted my foot, the knee gave way a little. I slowed down to a gentle trot, and the pain eased as the knee freed up again. I then gently picked up the pace for the next 300m with no ill effects. It was a little tender for the last strech, but nothing I hadn't experienced before. I did my usual streching routine when I returned with no major pain in my knee.
I applied compression bandage, and a gel pack from the freezer for about 40 minutes. Now the joint is stiffening up, and I have pain down the outside of my knee on bending.
I did a gentle 5.5K yesterday with absolutely no problem. I haven't done anything out of the ordinary on this evenings run. No increase in pace, no change in road surface, no change in running gait or increase in leg turnover. Just straight and level ground when it happened, which makes it all the more shocking.
I am quite miffed, as I am scheduled to do my first Half Marathon in just over 2 weeks. That is now looking very doubtful. If this is as serious as I think it may be, my 10K in April may also be in doubt.
I'll see how it feels in the morning.