Physio, Cardiff Half Training + Shopping


It happened. The thing that everyone says will happen to you when you start running.


No! Not the knee!


I’m almost annoyed. Knee pain! So cliché!

I thought I was doing things right- I went for a gait analysis at Moti and was fitted for running shoes, I built up my mileage gradually, I generally (cough) stretch after a run.  I’ve read a few articles recently about ‘running injury myths’ (article here) and how running is actually beneficial for you bones and joints. I thought I was invincible. So far I’ve been injury free, so I would always scoff at people who would try to give me cryptic warnings about runners knee/ self inflicted arthritis/ knee caps falling off/ [insert horror story here] … but alas! The knee pain has got me.

I’ve had a sore/achey knee for the last few weeks, and the feeling wasn’t going away after running, I could feel it sat at my desk and lying down. I asked the CDF Runners group what to do, and they told me to stop hysterically googling symptoms on Web MD and go to a physio. So I booked myself an appointment with Seary Physio.

Back in 2013, I rarely exercised. Before I would have only gone to a physio if I had broken something… I’m sure if I told a past version of myself I’d booked a physio appointment because I had irritated my knee from running too much she would have laughed before going back to a humongous plate of nachos. (Note: now in 2016, I exercise regularly but I still eat nachos with gusto.)  So, the knee hurty is annoying but I do feel a teeny bit badass.

Seary Physio are in Whitchurch , Cardiff, in a cute little building just off the main road. It was easy enough to catch a bus and find them . My initial assessment appointment with them was pretty cool. Physios are like human body wizards. (I’m sure they don’t like to be called that.) They can, just by looking at you, tell if you over pronate or not. I’m sure the physio I saw today knows more about my knee than I ever will.  I was instructed to do a few squats/steps/move about a bit, then my knee and legs were moved around and massaged, and my knee cap was subjected to much scrutiny. It turns out my knee is being pulled too much to the left and is slightly coming out of its groove, irritating the inside of my knee. (I believe this can be a common occurrence in lady runners.) There was a moment when the physio was moving something around in my knee, and I could feel a part of it clunking around unnaturally in there, almost like when you have a massage and there is a knot in your shoulders that is  bit crunchy. It didn’t hurt, but made me feel a bit gross. I can’t describe it well, I do not know all the knee-related words. :B

I got some sport tape applied to my knee which will be gently pulling it back over to the right for a day or so. Again, if I think about it too much I get weak at the knees, which is already my weak point. I also have to do some exercises to strengthen up specific leg and butt muscles. Exercises to help you do more exercise. What a world we live in. As fellow runner Gregg puts it:

I’ve been told it’s still cool to run on my leg, so I will be going for an easy 5k today as per my Nike+ Half Marathon Coach’s instructions. Which brings me to…




So this is scary. 13 miles is a ridiculous distance to run. Luckily I won’t be doing it alone, there is a group from my choir -City Sirens- who will be running it too. I went out for a 4 mile training run with a fellow siren last week, and it was lovely. I enjoy the thought of us tackling the scary distance as a big pack! If the route is similar to the last half, through the bay and up to Roath park, it’s going to be lovely and scenic. I am secretly quite excited.



I went a bit overboard today. I got some compensation from Easy Jet recently (They paid up because it took me 14 hours to get to France due to a technical fault with the plane) so the second that cheque cleared I went out and bought this impressive haul:


I really need to find some sportswear with animals on them. I’m a big fan of printed animal things. Not animal print per se, like leopard print, just pictures of animals on things. Animals are cool. If anyone sees any zebras or sharks or lions or foxes or owls or anything fauna-related on a piece of run kit, let me know and I will throw all my money at it.

I will leave with an assortment of grumpy after-run pics from this last month (Some special guest appearances from Rob):




Grumpy Jogger #19 and #20! Bethan and Keen!

Grumpy Jogger #19 : Bethan E!

Bethan just ran the Swansea Half Marathon, and I managed to be organised enough to draw her just after the race! What a total badass. She looked good doing it too in those shades:

She will also be running the Cardiff Half Marathon with me in October, along with the all-female acapella group, The City Sirens! (But that’s for another blog post…)


Grumpy Jogger # 20 : Keen H!


20 Grumpy Joggers on my shelf now! 20! It’s getting ridiculous. As well as being the 20th Mini Paper Grump, Keen also wins the title for Furthest Travelled, getting his grump on all the way over in Korea. It’s official- becoming a grumpy jogger is now a worldwide movement!!

I asked him for any remarks on his running, he said he was battling the high temps and high humidity over there. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to run in 26+ degree heat, not to mention humidity on top of that. The amount I sweat, I think it would probably kill me. You’re awesome Keen.



It’s been about 10 months since I started running, and seven months since I started drawing up my fellow runners. I’m going to save a ‘One Year of Running‘ type post for October/September time, but for now I’ll say it’s been lovely to draw everyone, and it’s been real nice that everyone has reacted warmly to my silly doodles. Whether a beginner or a serious competitor, I hope no one would ever take offence at me drawing them looking a bit worse for wear.

I’ve had people ask me to draw them out hiking, or on bikes, but I want to keep this as just a running thing… partly to save myself from drawing everyone who ever exercised ever, but also because running  has become a thing I have actually grown quite fond of and it’s my little way of giving a gift to people who enjoy it too.

So… keep sending / tweeting me grumpy photos so I can keep drawing folks! Whether you love running or are being guilted / forced to go out by a loved one (what I keep doing to my boyfriend) you deserve a tiny, angry, paper version of yourself as a well done for getting out there.

Grumpy Kate.