On this past Sunday I ran the Rock 'N' Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon with the hubby. My right knee started to feel a little tight during the second half of the race, but I figured it was due to the hills and didn't think much more about it.
|We had a BLAST in our DIY costumes!|
Monday I did a strength training workout, followed by 4 progressive miles. I was originally thinking I'd do 5, but cut it down because my knee was not super happy with me.
|Since the hubby didn't start his new job until Wednesday, he rode|
along with me as I ran and played paparazzi
Tuesday morning I woke up early to head to the beach for an 8-miler but had to call it quits within the first mile and a half because I could tell my knee was NOT having it...
|Sometimes listening to your body SUCKS!|
Wednesday I took an unscheduled rest day and filled it with icing, an epsom salt bath, extra foam rolling, stretching, etc.
|I can't handle ice baths, but if I can sit in an epsom salt|
bath and it helps, SIGN ME UP!
Thursday it felt better (I no longer felt like I needed to limp when walking around) but decided to take it easy and biked.
|My bike may not be fast, but it is definitely fun!|
This morning I woke up ready to tackle the world. I didn't want to push it too hard, too fast, so figured I'd go for a 3-4 mile run and if it felt fine then I would do a longer run Saturday morning... Well, although the knee felt fine walking and biking, running was a different story. I'm sure the hills by our house didn't help, but still, within the first quarter mile I knew I needed to listen to my body (no matter how hard it was) and pull the plug.
|Not my normal Garmin shot...|
I thought I'd walk the rest of the 3-4 miles but once I stopped running the knee tightened up and I knew putting more strain on it would NOT be wise, so I turned around and made my way back home.
|Forcing a smile on the walk back to the house...|
Although I am super bummed that my knee is being wonky, I am very proud of myself for listening to my body. Normally I would push through and get in the mileage that I had planned for the day NO MATTER WHAT, but thankfully I have realized that is NOT the way to make running a lifestyle.
|Once I got home I grabbed some ice and sat on the porch|
Next weekend I will be heading to Las Vegas for the Rock 'N' Roll Las Vegas 5K and Half Marathon, so I'd appreciate if my knee would get it together by then so I can do those races pain free (the nice thing about those races is that they are definitely not about the time on a watch, so if I need to take them extra easy I know I will be totally fine).
|Who will I see at the meet-ups?! You know I'll be at both!|
I am going to attempt to avoid a pity party for one this weekend and be appreciative that if I was going to have some issues that they occur before I started a serious training plan. (My next goal race is the Phoenix Marathon at the end of February, which means I need to start training soon, but I also know that I should start a training cycle 100% healthy, so if that means taking it easy for another week or two then that is what I will have to do.)
PS The pain is on the inside of my right knee. Earlier this week I thought it was due to my crazy tight legs (even with daily stretching and foam rolling they were super sore for some reason), but they feel loose today and the knee is still being a problem child. It feels sort of like I tweaked it or like a ligament on the inside of my leg is rubbing or tight along my knee. Since the hubby started his new job this week we might be between health insurance right now, but once we get everything sorted out I may have to bite the bullet and go to the doctor if it doesn't get better with all this R.I.C.E..
|After my run fail I decided to go to the pool for a bit. I would stand in the cold|
pool (like an ice bath, right?!) and then the hot tub... Who knows if my homemade
water therapy was helpful, but at least it felt like I was doing something.
Have you ever had issues with your knee?