Also apologies for the just awful grammar, missing words, and sentence structure, I'll also fix it once I am more awake (well I will fix to my still quite bad level of grammar).
TLDR - Manged to run pretty much race pace but probably wasn't good for the knee. My relay team came 3rd over all and the top EUOC team came first. Loads of fun.
So relay today. I was on the second team with David Bunn and Joe Hudd. I was really looking forward to this and wanted to do well for my team which was why I had been ok running so slow yesterday. I was the second leg so I started warming up right when David left. And my knee had definitely gotten worse because I could barely run. More of a hobble along the path to try to get the knee warm. If this had been a solo race I definitely would have dropped out, but since leg one was already out I felt I had no choice but to run.
So I took some painkillers, rolled out my leg, did some stretches, and warmed up some more. By the time leg one runners were coming back I could approach running normally. It was still painful but not enough to break my stride. So as I waited for David to hand off to me I was a little nervous. The second he came through the finish, however, I got hit by a burst of adrenaline and felt great. Started out running hard and managed to keep a fast pace throughout with very minimal pain from the knee. There was one control that was straight down about 150 meters and that hurt quite a bit but the rest of the course felt good on the knee.
Even though I was running strong I clearly wasn't in the best mindset because my orienteering was again not great. Again nothing terrible but a couple of 30-second to a minute mistakes and some poor route choices. Not to upset by this though because, between the knee pain and the 4 hours of sleep, I wasn't in the best mental mindset. The fact I didn't run off the map I will count as a win.
After finishing I was expecting my knee to be in agony but again not to much pain. Even now 8 hours or so later it still feels alright but it is definitely worse then it was. For example, it is now slightly swollen which it hadn't been before and aches just sitting which is also new.
So like I really shouldn't of run this weekend. And I know that, and I knew that while running but as of the moment I am kind of glad that I did. It was probably bad for my knee and we will see if I agree with that statement if I learn I just extend a two-week injury into an 8-week or longer injury. But in the current blissful ignorance I had a lot of fun racing this weekend and competing against different schools and running a relay is always good fun. So overall decent weekend. Sad I couldn't run full strength because it would have been cool to see where I stand against the top Uni students of the UK but still fun.
map! (grammar still bad :) also couldn't find m y map so the forking was wrong and thus the ms paint) -