I was going to post on the training thread but I thought since I've been away that I would open a new one.
First of all happy new year to all - I hope you haven't reneged on your resolutions yet.
Prior to Christmas I was really suffering with the knee problem and had resolved not to run for a number of weeks - although had been substituting cross training. On my return to the UK for Christmas I was unable to find a gym that would let me use their equipment without having an (expensive) introduction or membership (sport for all anyone?). Anyway upshot was I ended up running everyday (including Christmas day) in varying degrees of pain. Trying my best to minimise further injury I did most of the running off-road which meant keeping a hose pipe by the back door of my in-laws house for an invigorating wash down before being allowed back in the house.
Since Christmas I have reverted to alternate running and cross training days allied to lots and lots of stretching. It may be too early to say but I do believe the cross training is beginning to work and over the last few days I have had less pain (although over the last six months I have had periods of remission with pain coming back a few days later so I'm not counting my chickens yet).
However, the following is relatively clear:
1. I cannot run two successive days at the moment and I would suggest am unlikely to in the immediate future.
2. Cross training is really good! I feel overall a lot stronger and more balanced.
3. I now spend a minimum 10 minutes stretching after each run.
4. Be careful taking off wet socks - mine were very tight and I ended up spraining my thumb after I bent it well back beyond its natural angle!