Well it happened. And at the most inopportune time one could imagine – Just weeks before my destination Half Marathon! Yep. My knee started to hurt.
Here’s the scoop. On Saturday, I raced a heck of a 5 miler in 50:40 (that’s exactly what I was going for – 10 min miles). I felt on top of the world, so I went out for a 6 miler on Sunday. Error #1. On Monday, I didn’t plan on running, but I got irritated and went to the gym to blow off steam. I ran intervals for 3 miles (in 29 min.) I was running at 8.5 mph speeds on the treadmill. Error #2. Then, on Tuesday, I went out with the run club and I jinxed myself. It was as simple as that. I said “You know, I think these shoes helped with my knee. I didn’t realize that my knee used to hurt until it stopped hurting.” Then BAM! Mile 3, and I’m questioning what’s happening with my right knee. I jogged and ran the last 1.5 miles back to City Sports in Wayne, Pa. Error #3. I should have just walked. Then, I figured that I should give myself a break. (But it was not long enough.) On Friday, I decided to run the 5 mi loop in Valley Forge Park. All was well till mile 4, and I knew I needed to walk. However, I jogged like a dummy. For real? Error #4. Here’s the kicker – I went out on Saturday for a long run. Error #5. I made it one mile down Route 30. Stopped. Walked back, throwing a hissy fit as I predicted my gloomy future of crushed Tennesseen dreams.
Yep, that’s the scoop. But here’s the good news. I made a bunch of mistakes, but I’m learning from them. I reached out to tons of runners through social media, called up a friend that runs big time races, then I went to Runner’s Appreciation Day at Summit Sports in Villanova on Sunday. We did yoga and had a nutrition class, and I had the chance to talk to others about solutions for my achy knee. So the real good news is, I’m 99% sure I’m not injured. I’m not running until Friday, on which I will JOG a SLOW 3 miles. If I feel no pain, I will go out for my long run on Sunday. Back in action 🙂 Hoping this works.
Oh, I believe this is an IT band issue. I didn’t know what an IT band was – and it appears I should have paid more attention to it. This is EXACTLY where I felt pain. Ex-act-ly.
I have been doing the following stretches, and it was obviously that there was a knot that needed to be worked out.
All in all, I’m stir crazy without running. But I’m stretching, strengthening, cycling,doing laundry, dishes, working longer hours, spending money. You know – the things I do best when I’m not doing what I love the most. Running.
I can’t wait to get back on my feet!!!!