Greetings from Minnesota. It’s a misty day, but the forecast says by Easter Sunday it should be warm and sunny.
It seems hard to believe it was just last Saturday that I had a strong 20 mile run and was feeling so confident. Now less than a week later, I’m kind of a basket case.
I went out for a 5-6 mile run on Wednesday, and it started just fine. I warmed up for the first mile, and about mile 2 I started feeling some pain in my knee. It wasn’t terrible, but it definitely wasn’t normal either. I kept the pace easy, but it started to get worse and I called it quits after 4 miles.
I iced the knee, tried to stretch things out, and wrapped it that night. Today is Friday, and things don’t seem to be any better. 😦
I’m going to try taping my knee as seen below and see if that helps.
(Luckily I have some kinesio tape left from my Achilles problems last year.)
I hoped to run 10-12 tomorrow, but I also know I probably shouldn’t if I continue having jabbing pains. ..
The rational side of me knows I’ve had a solid 20 mile run, I’m only 1 month out from the marathon, and I will just do more harm than good if I run in too much pain.
The irrational side of me really wants to keep with my training plan. After last weekend’s run I had hopes of a faster marathon than I originally thought, and I don’t want to lose training momentum.
I think every runner must struggle with knowing when you can carefully run on an injury and when you absolutely must rest. Let’s hope I strike the right balance.
In other news, I finally got some pictures from the race last week. I actually look happy in this first one, and as race photos go, they’re pretty decent for me. 🙂
What do I do about this knee? After some research it just sounds like “runner’s knee” or possibly tendon soreness, but I doubt it’s full-blown tendonitis. I’ve never had knee problems,which is why this sudden pain is so perplexing.
Hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!