Woo-hoo! Hello Friday! Am I the only one who thought this was an extra long week? I think it’s my anticipation for Saturday. My parents are coming to visit for the week! Yay! I’m going to try to spend as much time as possible with them so I’m going to fall off the grid a little. Not all the way but reduced! 🙂
On Monday I left you all hanging with my knee pain saga. Click HERE if you missed Marathon Training Week 10 Recap. I talked with a physician I work with for a little advice. She assessed my knee a little and couldn’t reproduce the pain. Her suggestion was to have a physical therapists assess my gait and knee. Thankfully, my department is on the same floor as physical therapy so I’ve got a few friends to call on for questions just like this. After watching me run, assessing my knees and trying to reproduce the knee pain, Aaron concluded that the cause is from my gait and knee structure. My feet pronate which therefore puts more stress on my knees. In addition, my right knee tracks to the right rather than straight up and down like a normal knee should. He was very surprised that I had not had any issues before. He also said it seemed like I had the beginning of Patellar Tendonitis. Aaron told me to keep up with the stretching, icing, foam rolling and strengthening. He also showed me how to tape my knee so it’s moved into the right spot with Kinesio Tape.
After seeing Aaron I felt like the marathon was still a possibility. I was putting a lot of hope into this pretty pink tape! Tuesday morning I woke up ready to do a test run. Long story short – the same discomfort reappeared at mile 3. BUT it wasn’t as intense. So it really wasn’t a total fail. I didn’t really think the tape would be an instant fix. I know it’s going to take time to build more strength in my quad, hips, hamstrings and core to take the strain off my knees. The tape is only a small portion. Since then I’ve been laying low. No running. I’m biking, strength training, yoga, stretching, icing and foam rolling. I might try a run again on Saturday.
I’m still hopeful for the marathon but I’m mentally preparing myself for the 1/2 so it won’t be too much of a disappointment. There is nothing special about Smuttynose that it has to absolutely be my first marathon. I just want to run a marathon. Plain and simple. So if I have to find another one at a later date, so be it. My main focus right now is to be able to run pain free at any distance. It’s all wait and see now.
FYI – if you are looking for exercises to help prevent knee injuries, here are 7 recommended from Runner’s World.
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Enjoy the weekend!