So I ran 16 miles two weeks ago, and tweaked my knee really bad. I was limping and in pain when I got off the treadmill, and the next day I could barely walk. By the second day, I was OK though, so while I didn’t shrug it off, I wasn’t too worried about it.
But then I took a week off running, and when I tried running again, a short four mile run, m knee was hurting again. Not good. But Bruce went through this last spring, and it wasn’t his knee but his IT band. He had a brace that had worked wonders, so I borrowed it for Friday’s 10 miler, and it really helped! I ran the whole 10, no walk breaks, I felt really good, and I had no pain. Victory, right? Maybe not. I had a planned run of 18-20 on Saturday, and woke up to… knee pain. UGH!
So I did a little research online, determined that it likely was my IT band, and not my patella (knee cap), and tried to figure out what to do. I am so tired of being injured! Just when things were looking better, bang, another blow. However, in doing my research, I did discover that one recommendation was to avoid hills and inclines. Now, I’ve had my treadmill at a 2.5% incline for the past 2+ months in an attempt to help mimic outdoor conditions. Huh… maybe this has been part of the problem? (Increased mileage, poor form, and insufficient stretching can all contribute to it as well).
So, for my 20 mile run on Sunday, I made a few adjustments. First, I did go and buy my own knee brace. I also bought a massage stick to help work out the muscles. Then, I reduced my incline from 2.5% down to 1.0% (which felt super easy!). And my 20 mile run was the easiest long run I’ve had in a very long time. I felt good, I felt strong, my knee didn’t bother me at all. I managed 20 mile at an 11:00/mile pace, which is what I was aiming for.
I’ll have to see if I’ve headed off this potential injury at the pass or not. I’m hoping I have, but we’ll see. I’m starting to feel like damaged goods though! A brace for my ankle, a brace for my knee, what’s next, LOL?
Goals for today:
1) Swimming lesson
2) Work on some scheduling issues at work
3) Spend 15 minutes making a list of all the things I really need/want to do!