Being in the medical science field, I am very much an advocate of preventative medicine. I take a multi-vitamin every day, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, I don't smoke, I rarely (becoming a little more frequently) drink, I get regular exercise and I have an annual check-up with my GP.
Its strange that whenever you embark on a new exercise regimen it is always warned that you should have medical clearance to proceed, what about physiotherapy clearance? I guess you can't really die from runner's knee, which is what the aim of the medical check up really is - could I have a fatal arrhythmia? I am lucky enough to have a friend, Ironwoman, who is a physio and considering my half-marathon training and the potential for a simple injury to knock me out of running for some weeks and there is only 10 weeks left. Could I have preventative physiotherapy?
I have a few little niggling things that aren't currently preventing me from running but they are causing enough pain for me to want to have a neurofen at night after a long run - my knees, my right hip, a weird pain down the outside of my right leg that is a hangover from a pain I used to get skiing I think. You get the idea. Also, mid last year I had a knee injury from not 'engaging' my glutes enough which meant a lot of elbowing into my quads to allow my kneecap to go into the right spot and some exercises to get my butt working. So, now that I am running more than I ever have in my life I have started to think whether or not I should have been doing these butt exercises since the beginning of my training? I think yes, so no time like the present hey?
I am booked in for next Monday, so I will have to wait and see what Ironwoman says...