My knee hurts. I wrote in my last training recap that my knee began to felt cranky toward the end of my last long run. It felt fine on Monday. Then Tuesday’s workout rolled around and the pain popped back during a 1.5 mile interval at half marathon pace. “No, no, no, no,” I kept thinking. I “cooled-down” and walked a couple blocks home dejected.
I think I irritated my IT band, and I blame a lazy glute that isn’t pulling it’s share of the work. Raaaaawwwwr. I’m pushing down the occasional bursts of all-out panic and fiercely thinking, “I’m fine. This is fine. It’ll be fine.” The worst case scenario rushing through my brain is starting the race, presumable healthy, and having this knee pain kick in somewhere along the race and derail the goal pace I’ve been training to run for 10+ weeks. Of course, the real worst case scenario is not running the race at all, but I’m definitely not there yet.
But let me think positively – race day is 10 days from now. Not tomorrow. I have a little time. I’m going to rest from running for a couple days and see how it feels – maybe I just irritated it. I have had 9+ great weeks of training and mileage; a couple days off will not undo me. I’m going to use the time to actively take steps that will get me to the start line with a happy knee. And if the worse case scenario does happen, there will be other upcoming races I could turn into a goal race. Life happens.
For the record, I think my knee began hurting because I began to slack on the little things. Not just one particular thing, but one or two smaller things a day.. I got lazy about doing the PT exercises I used to be so diligent about before my run. I sped through my dynamic stretches instead of prioritizing them. I started getting to bed later. I foam rolled every other day, etc., etc.
- Daily PT exercises (clam shells, bridges, resistance band works, etc.)
- Daily stretching
- Fitting in yoga classes when I can – good for the body and the meditation is excellent at calming down the “why meeeee” voice in my head
- Extra sleep
- Alternative workouts to keep up my endurance: elliptical, swimming, biking
- An extra Pure Barre class this week and next – I swear it’s better than a session of physical therapy
Wish me luck. Hoping for a more positive update on Monday!