'you have a muscle imbalance and poor core strength' said the physio, which pretty much equates to 'turn it off and turn it on again'. simple but true. i have (relatively speaking) massive, over developed quads causing tiny and pathetic hamstrings-this maybe from singlespeeding but lets not play the blame game. coupled with my inability to regularly perform simple stretches, stay hydrated and not run when really tired has led to easily avoided knee/hamstring pain.
a good 20minuets of pleasure/pain kneading from sally and a promise to stretch 3 times a day, with added strength exercises and i've been given the all clear to run again. she just laughed when i explained about the highlander and booked me in for next week for some more pain. i'm not sure if her smile was for all the money she's going to make, or she was quietly questioning my sanity!
anyway, highlander it is! neither of us are the lean mean running machines we hoped we'd be. we're treating it more like a mini break than a mountain marathon. hopefully a trip to the hills will good for the knees as well as the soul.