My knee began to hurt.
I think it began when I ran the Frostbite Half Marathon too hard almost two weeks ago and then afterwards only had one day to rest before another week of marathon training. It is my own fault! That race was supposed to be a fun long run, not an opportunity for me to race, and I used poor judgment. I thought that I could run hard during a training run and not have any after affects. Wrong. Ever since that day my knee has been nagging me a little bit, and this week the discomfort turned into pain while running.
I panicked! I am only in week 5. I want to complete this marathon training! Another factor in my training this week is that I normally run 4 days a week, and beginning with this week, in order to get in the total weekly miles (and not run 6-8 miles a day in addition to the medium and long runs) I have to now run 5 days a week. This has been a mental as well as a physical adjustment. I am thinking of my focus word for this year often--persevere.
I visited my physical therapist yesterday and also contacted my running Koach. Both agreed that I am addressing my knee pain early and hopefully by skipping my 4 mile run today, which will give me 2 days of rest before my long run of 17 on Saturday, my knee will have time to rest, and I should be ok. I have noticed that the slower I run, the less discomfort I have, so I am committed to slowing down.
There is conflicting advice about what to do when you have runner's knee. Some say to correct and/or improve your running form, while others say to do strengthening exercises. Everyone agrees that ice and rest will help the healing. So I am doing a little bit of it all. Ice. Rest. Exercises. And I plan to think about my form the next time I run.
I ordered a new pair of outdoor running shoes, and hopefully they will arrive before Saturday. I also am replacing my treadmill shoes which have over 700 miles on them. Wearing new shoes always makes me feel better, even if it is just all in my head!
Happy running to you, and if you have a training update (for any distance, or maybe an update on your beginning to run), please share!