Well, an injury to my meniscus in January, I have finally been able to run with no pain. I had finished the C25k last year, but I started the program again last week because of my injury and the way it gradually adds in difficulty. The slow pace was a good option for my knee.
I have always lifted weights throughout my life and at some point in January, I obviously did something that injured my meniscus. I am very stubborn and don't like doctors, so I just bought some knee sleeves, took some ibuprofen, and continued my workouts.
Well, after months of whining and complaining, my wife convinced me to go to the doctor. I was very reluctant to make an appointment...and then it hit me! An old high school friend is now a PT. So I called him up and asked his opinion. He told me not to see a doctor because they would immediately send me for an MRI and it would cost a lot. Of course, that immediately got him on my side considering my opinion of many doctors. He asked me to give him a few weeks and he could potentially get me to the same spot without all the expense. So I did.
Long story short, the guy knows what he is doing! After two test exercises, he immediately diagnosed it and got started on rehab. A few weeks later, and I am running with no pain. I could get into all of the other things he did that just amazed me about his knowledge and the human body, but that's a longer story.
So with that being said, I am very excited to be running again, and also a little annoyed that I didn't seek his help sooner. Hindsight is 20/20 though.
I am going to get myself back into 5k shape (shouldn't be a cardio issue, just muscle strength) and pick up where I left off.