When you love running as much as I do, it is very difficult to rein yourself in when you need to!
2019 was where it all came together. I had completed the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon as well as the Cape Town Marathon, which was a highlight in my running career. I had achieved two massive goals and nothing could go wrong….or so I thought!!! At the end of that 2019 year I was enjoying a training run, a week prior to the DHS 10km. After the run I could feel a niggle in my right knee but didn’t want to overthink it although it didn’t seem to want to go away.
The day of the DHS 10km arrived, I was still sore. My wife said rest, 10km is not worth an injury, BUT I had to run. So off I went and unfortunately near the end as I entered the Crusaders ground my knee locked and it was over. After lots of rest the swelling subsided but I still couldn’t run. I went to my specialist and had an MRI scan which confirmed I needed an op.
It was a slow, long haul that for me felt like forever. All I wanted to do was hit the road but even a walk was too much. After many motivational talks on my wife’s part, I listened and rested, took it slow and thankfully Stella began a beginners group which I started running with. It was the best thing I could have done. It kept me in check and helped regain the strength I needed to finally get back to where I needed to be, to run again without pain.
The moral of my long story is like running a marathon you need a plan, strength and endurance and this will help you get to the finish line, but life seems to throw curve balls all the time and you need a plan, strength and endurance to get through it as I had to do to get over my injury. Always listen to your body, respect it and rest it when need be, for the love of running!
– Gerald Van Wyk