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    So the recovery, if you can yet call it that, continues. Iíve stepped back from running for a bit and am just carrying on with the bike and daily walks. Last week was a big week for me cycling and, as positives go, the biking is definitely a great success. It doesnít hurt, I can really push things if I want to and thereís not too much in the way of knee reactions after. Running less so but feck it Iím still trying.

    A pretty good day today with a walk round the river and another longer walk over Whitber Hill to Hull Pot and back, maybe 7 miles all told, and my knee didnít much mind at all.

    Still just about in the game

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    So, at long last, I may have perhaps, just maybe, turned the corner. My knee now no longer hurts in bed at night, something it continually did do for about 8 weeks non-stop, I can do pretty much the same set of knee mangling flexion exercises each morning on both my left and right knee with very little pain or discomfort (to be fair one of the exercises hurts both of my knees a bit ). On the walking front there has been some fantastic progress with now no pain at all on my daily 3 or 4 mile walk outs with the dogs and last weekend I managed to walk 17 miles all told, including a 6 mile hike over Penyghent, with very little discomfort if any and no post-walk reaction from the knee after either. To be honest at one point I was getting seriously worried about even being able to hike in the hills properly again so, psychologically, being able to now do that is a massive boost.

    I can really push hard on the cycling front, both on tough hill climbs (which we have plenty of around here), and cogs fully loaded sprints, and in terms of cycling distance too, and I'm now doing this with very little knee reaction afterwards. Not huge numbers yet I know but, from strava, not really having cycled much at all for over 40 years until 22 January this year, I've put in about 250 miles and 22,000 feet of ascent. Cycling is now going to be a pretty big thing for me going forward - honestly my first ride on 22 January was so rubbish, I was wobbling, I didn't use the gears properly, I was scared going down hill whereas now, well, you'd think I was born on a saddle...

    So, all in all, my game plan, with the help and guidance of my physio, is at long last paying dividends. Its been to push back against the injury and build up resistance to the hyper sensitivity that was causing the pain, whilst trying to exercise with not nearly so much impact on the knee if I can. Yeah my first attempts at running haven't been great but, in the round, they're all part and parcel of getting my knee better. Which it definitely is compared to what it was.

    The other thing I also now need to work on is my weight. I was really super fit and relatively light (for me) last summer but towards the end of last year I was probably eating (and drinking) too much what with working from home and covid and all. Since not being able to run on 8 January, things have definitely gone (literally) pear shaped but, with the planets starting to align hopefully on the injury recovery front, I'm now on a healthy eating campaign going forward. I was 12 stone 11 on Monday morning and my aim is to shift over a stone of that over the coming few months.

    And as for actually running? Well I'm hoping to do a big walk in the hills this weekend and also a big cycle ride, see how that goes and then just maybe have a crack at a run next week and see how we go from there

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    That all sounds very encouraging - great to hear you've turned a corner.

    Good luck with the weight loss. That should probably help your knees too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fellbeast View Post
    I'm now on a healthy eating campaign going forward. I was 12 stone 11 on Monday morning and my aim is to shift over a stone of that over the coming few months.
    How tall are you?

    When I feel fat I imagine an extra stone in terms of 28 tubs of lard I could do without.

    It helps!
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    How tall are you?
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    Iím a smidge under 5 ft 7. And yep Iím not a racing whippet - more like a small slightly stocky rugby fly half

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fellbeast View Post
    I’m a smidge under 5 ft 7. And yep I’m not a racing whippet - more like a small slightly stocky rugby fly half
    Well without that stone you'll be a gazelle again. Ish.
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fellbeast View Post
    I’m a smidge under 5 ft 7. And yep I’m not a racing whippet - more like a small slightly stocky rugby fly half
    Similar height - 9 stone 11 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T View Post
    Similar height - 9 stone 11 lbs.
    Haha positively scrawny. My fighting fit super trim weight is about 11 Stone 7. Using my best interviewee technique, my biggest weakness is my upper body strength

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fellbeast View Post
    Haha positively scrawny. My fighting fit super trim weight is about 11 Stone 7. Using my best interviewee technique, my biggest weakness is my upper body strength
    Snap, on the biggest weakness front and good luck with your run next week.

    At the back end of last year I was hovering around 12 to 12 1/2 stones feeling heavy for 5'10" . However with 2 months of mainly niggle free running, cycling and walking I find my self dead on 11 stone, which feels good.

    I have continued to eat what I want, including far too much bread, but the pub being shut has obviously helped!

    My concern is that all the good work might be lost following my surgery next week but hopefully the turbo will keep me ticking over. I don't have Zwift or anything like that so I might put a photograph of Graham's 28 tubs of lard on the wall to keep me at it!
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    sounds like i'm the forum giant in terms of height/weight...

    a smidgen under 12.5 stone currently, but 6ft2"

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