I don’t even know where to begin….These last 8 days have been really rough. I know I usually have my weekly training posts up on Saturday and obviously today is not Saturday. I just had no motivation to write a post on Saturday. It all started last Sunday when I ran my 20 miler….
20 mile run
The run was actually going really well up until mile 15-16 when my knee started hurting. The pain would be a shooting pain on the outside of my left leg, it would stop hurting when I stopped running. Due to this pain I had to make quite a few stops in the last 4-5 miles of my run. My hubby even offered (numerous times) to run back to get the car and come pick Z and me up. I refused to give up. I didn’t want to have to try this 20 miler again the following week! I know I should have stopped, but I was so close to the end I just couldn’t quit. I was more upset that my knee was hurting and that it was affecting my run then the fact that I had an injury. Thankfully, the last mile (mile 19) I had no pain and was able to finish the 20 miles. After many stops, some tears and knee pain I can happily say “I ran 20 mile!”.
Not going to make my projected marathon time
After last Sunday’s 20 miler I came to the realization that I will most likely not be running a 4:30 marathon time. Yes, my actual running time for those 20 miles was 3 hours and 23 minutes, but my whole elapsed time was over 4 hours (due to all my stops). Now I am no mathematician but those numbers don’t add up to a 4:30 marathon time. I guess at this point I am just aiming to finish this damn race.
The famous “taper”
I was questioning my decision on running my 20 miler 4 weeks out from my race, thinking maybe it was too far away from race day. Usually training plans suggest your last long, long run be about 2-3 weeks out and then you start your taper. After Sunday’s 20 miler I’m glad I chose to do it then and not 2 weeks out and having to deal with my knee so close to race day. At least I have a little time to figure this whole knee pain situation.
Summary of the rest of the week
I did workout every day last week, which looking back may not have been that great of a decision. The frustrating thing is I had absolutely no knee pain throughout all my workouts and my 2 separate runs I did. I ran an easy 3 miler on Wednesday and a 4 miler on Saturday with no indication of any pain.
My hubby’s 20 miler
Since my hubby has been helping me with my long runs I wanted to return the favor. Z and I met up with him for his last 5 miles. My hubby is a machine, at mile 15 of his 20 mile run he pushed Z in the jogging stroller for almost 4 miles. He said it did help take his mind off of the run and how tired and sore he was; a distraction from everything he was feeling. I did take over for his last 3/4 of a mile, my knee was feeling good so I felt there was no harm in pushing Z for less than a mile.
Yesterday’s “long” run or lack there of
I can’t wait until Saturday to tell you about my major fail on yesterday’s run. I planned on running 12-14 miles, but of course that all depended on how my knee was feeling. I was so nervous leading up to this run (more nervous than before my 20 miler) because I had no idea how my knee would feel. The uncertainty was killing me! I had only ran 3 miles and then my worst fear came true, my knee started hurting again!! I couldn’t believe it! I was so upset! I was determined to run at least 6 so it wasn’t a complete waste. I did the 6 and went home completely frustrated, upset, with so many emotions going through my mind.
After doing some research online (everything online is true, right?!?) I diagnosed my knee pain as an IT band issue. I iced my knee several times throughout the day. I tried to stay off my feet as much as possible (very hard with a very, very active 21 month old!).
After being emotionally, mentally and physically drained from yesterday’s run I decided to go into my local Fleet Feet to get some advice. They are wonderful! Normal people would call a doctor when problems come up I just go to my local Fleet Feet for help! I actually talked to one of the owners of the store and he agreed with me that it sounded like an IT band issue.
- strengthen my hip flexors (do specific stretches to help strengthen)
- strengthen my quads (stretches)
- roll out my IT band area (use my massage roller)
- change-up the direction of my normal running route (so one side doesn’t get weak and vice versa)
- do a couple short easy runs (after several days of stretching and rolling out) to see how the knee is feeling.
- don’t do any more long, long runs!
I think the most frustrating thing about all of this is that my knee doesn’t hurt at all throughout the day, even while doing my cross training and short runs.
As I write this post I have exactly 20 days until my very first marathon and I am more scared now than I have been throughout my whole training. I am scared of the unknown and the uncertainty of when and if my knee pain will flare up.
Anyone have something similar to this happen to them?
Any advice, tips, suggestions? Anything?
On a lighter note, How is everyone doing out there? How was your weekend?