Friday, November 14, 2014

Run Journal - #52 aka: The Knee

For the whole 'two" of you who follow this blog, you will have noticed a severe lack of posts lately. The main reason for this is a severe lack of running. I had a long 14 mile run almost two weeks ago and about 5 miles in, my knee began to ache. This isn't unusual. My knee flares up at least once or twice on almost every long run, but then it settles down and things are fine. Not this time. It slowly got worse as time wore on until I finally had to run through my last couple of "walk" intervals because I worried that if I stopped, I wouldn't be able to start up again. I did complete the run, but my knee has been trashed ever since.

It's the same knee that I injured at the beginning of 2013 but I'm not sure if it's the same injury. It does feel a little different. After a few days rest, I tried a short 30 minute run and while I felt pretty good for about 15 minutes, at around minute 20, I knew that I had to stop or risk making things worse. After another week's worth of rest, I tried again and this time made it the full 30 minutes, but the knee was super sore for the next day or two.

So, what does this mean. What I'm fairly certain of is that running the full marathon that I was training for is out. I'd like to still try for a half marathon, but that will depend on if my knee starts to heal. I'm going to stay off it through this weekend and try a short run on Monday. If all goes well, I'll rejoin the training schedule on the half-marathon plan. My goal will then be to complete the half with a better time than this previous race I ran in October. Then, I can try to work up to a full marathon sometime in 2015. It's not the way I had planned it, but I'm actually Ok with this turn of events. When I hurt my achilles, I was extremely annoyed that my big picture plan might be disrupted, but I've come to terms with the fact that these injuries are out of my control. On the positive side, the knee injury only seems to be aggravated by repetitive stress like that from running. My crossfit workouts are not too badly affected so in the worst case scenario, I can simply switch the majority of my training from running to crossfit a little earlier than I planned - the original idea was to do this after the race in February, but if I have to make the switch now, so be it.