Last week I wrote about doubt. Doubting if I had a marathon in me. Doubting if my knee injury would come back. Well, guess what happened the very next day?
My knee started to feel “off.”
Way to jinx myself! It all started at the beginning of an early morning run. Within a few minutes, my right knee began to feel like it was going to give out. It wasn’t exactly pain but it was definitely different and not comfortable. So I stopped, stretched a bit and started up again. My knee was fine the rest of the run. Of course, during the whole run I was analyzing everything I had done in the past week.
Snowshoeing with 30+ pound pack – increased knee stress.
Wore new Brooks Pure Cadence 2 sneakers to work on Monday. Wore them for half the day but spent all morning on my feet. My legs were toast – increased knee stress.
Crazy basement workout with way too many burpees and lunges – increased knee stress.
I forgot about it after the run and went about the day. Then the discomfort came back when I was walking though the snow playing with the kids. I’ll get it at random times throughout the day too. I never had that feeling back in July. That particular pain was only after running 3+ miles. So I started to freak out just bit. I’m supposed to be starting training for a marathon! This can’t be happening!
The Vermont City Marathon isn’t till May 26th. That’s 18 weeks away. My plan is to lay off running for two weeks to give my knee a little rest. I’m hitting my bike trainer, walking and the elliptical instead for cardio. I’ll also be increasing yoga and strengthening to build up the good habit when training really starts to ramp up.
I’ve also started to question my shoes. I’ve been told I need a stability shoe due to my over pronating from a running store analyst and my physical therpist. I also started to wear orthotic inserts back in August (recommended by PT). Maybe I’ve got too much support and that’s causing my injuries? I definitely know that I tend to be a heal striker especially when I’m getting fatigued. That doesn’t help the situation either. There’s a lot of information out there on the minimalist movement in running. After reading posts recently from Jill and Amanda, I’m seriously thinking I need to first, work on my form and second, ditch the inserts and stability shoes. I’m hoping to find a natural running clinic in my area to learn more. Something’s not working right and I’d like to get to the bottom of it.
It’s been 8 days since my last run and I’m going a little crazy. No other workout gives me that same satisfied feeling. I’m Jonesing for a run big time. Like BIG TIME! But I’m going to try my hardest to resist the urge. Only 6 more days to go!
After typing and rereading the above paragraph I realize that I sound like an addict.
Hi everyone. My name is Angela and I’m addicted to running.
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Question of the day:
What’s your thought on the minimalist movement?