After Simkiss’ first five or so years of running injury free (excluding the inevitable shin splints that goes with starting running as a chubber), Simkiss has developed a yearly routine of completing and end of season target race, taking a short period off running, and developing an injury as soon as he starts back, typically resulting in a poor XC season.
After belly-aching about achey knees, which developed into more soreness and saw Simkiss clock only 25mi in his initial week of ‘Operation Big Smoke’ training – Simkiss has been officially self-diagnosed as having a terrible case of ‘Spazzy Knee’.
The condition is something of an enigma, and can be summarised by Simkiss’s run last night. After taking several rest days amidst pain free short/easy runs, 10mi ‘easy’ was the order of the day – an easy start, no problem at all; then 5miles in the dreaded ‘spazzy knee’ kicks in and soreness becomes evident. Being at the furthest point from home Simkiss concluded the only logical solution was to continue running, which as you would expect resolved the knee discomfort.
That was until the 8th mile, where soreness returned on the downward slope of a hill – forcing the MCKEP athlete to drop to a walk. As is customary with Spazzy Knee Syndrome, a sufficient dosage of boredom from walking to the bottom of the hill was enough to alleviate the any symptoms of pain and Simkiss finished the run in a state of confusion as to whether this was/is a problem or not.
So what does this mean for Operation Big Smoke? No final decision has been made, but initial thoughts suggest that London will no longer be an ‘A’ race for Simkiss – it will either be completed at a reduced effort at somewhere near his PB pace (2:42:24 – completed on his last visit to the London Marathon, accompanied with a bad stomach and unofficial world record time for a mid race portaloo stop), or alternatively Simkiss has offered his services as the sacrificial lamb to McCarthy’s efforts – where he may pace the MCKEP efforts up to the supposed marathon halfway mark (20mi) before trotting to the finish or bailing onto the London Underground.
Thoughts on this may or may not change on an hourly basis – but we’ll keep you updated as and when we feel appropriate, or lacking blog content.