It was bound to happen at some point. I knew I was pushing fate by taking on a lofty goal, but it seems that my knee pain has caught up with me again. I stopped running just after tri season because I had a lingering pain in my right knee. I thought taking some time off would help, and it did. Temporarily. But as my running distance increases, so is the pain.
Up until Thursday, I have been able to run through it with no real problems. In fact, it usually goes away after the first 10 minutes. Not so much on Thursday though. I did an easy 10 minute warm-up jog, suffered through drills, and then did mile 1 of 4 at an 8:00 pace. And then I quit. It just hurt too bad, and was totally affecting my form. I knew if I kept up, I would likely do way more damage.
So I chatted with my coach and decided to call it a day. He's no doctor, but seems to think that all signs point to Runner's Knee. He told me to prop it up, ice it, and take some ibuprofen. The good news is that I don't think it's all that serious. A little bit of time off, and likely a new pair of shoes, will probably do wonders for it. I'm also looking into a few weight training exercises I can do to strengthen my quads and hamstrings a little more. But I'm torn about whether or not I should do my 10 mile run in the morning. Mentally, I have already psyched myself up for it and I'm ready to get it done (even though there is a good chance it will be rainy AND cold in the morning.)
On the other (more realistic) side, I know it's probably best to give myself a whole week's rest. I'm in a really good place as far as distance, and I have plenty of time to get up to a 12-13 mile run before the actual big day. BUT.....I HATE not being able to stick to a schedule. And I really dislike not being able to do something I should be fully capable of doing. Much like getting sick, I don't take to being injured very well, either.
I'm headed home after work for another round of prop/ice/ibuprofen, lots of water, and a good night's sleep. And I'll make a game time decision at 5:30 am (oof) about whether I should attempt a run or not. I've got a late breakfast with some girlfriends planned for after my run, and it sure would be nice to enjoy some creme brulee french toast without any guilt!
The Weekend Dish: 5/18/2013
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