What A Bummer!

Hi everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was full of running bummers. It all started with my long run on Saturday morning. FYI – this is a long one so sit back and relax! 🙂

I met up with my friend, Steph, who I had met a few months ago while running with the CAA running group. She just started her own blog, Run To The Wind City while training for the Chicago Marathon in October. Check it out and cheer her on!

I slept horribly Friday night. Most likely a combination of nerves and heat. The temps and humidity were horrible. I had set my alarm for 4:40 but was out of bed by 4:35. Why was I nervous? It wasn’t a race. I had done 16 miles two weeks ago. Another mind game that running does to you!

I knew I had to eat something as soon as I woke up for everything to be settled by go time. I toasted up 2 slices of whole wheat bread with a little almond butter on each plus 3 dates. I also chugged as much water as I could. It was super humid already. Our plan was to meet at 5:30 a.m. to try to beat the heat. As I was driving down to Portsmouth, I saw the most beautiful sunrise over the bay. It was a giant glowing ball of red just above the tree line. I wish I could’ve stopped to take pictures to share. Sunrises like that make me happy that I’m a morning person!

Steph had 16 miles and I had 18.  We started off on what seemed like a whole tour of the Seacoast. My nerves calmed down as soon as we started running and talking. We refilled our water bottles around mile 6 and I took my first Cliff Shot. I was surprised at how good I was feeling.  I had my new Nathan Hydration belt to keep me hydrated. It holds about 22 ounces of fluid so that was just enough to get me through 6 miles. Even though I ran with the belt 2 weeks ago for 16 miles, it seemed really uncomfortable on this run. My biggest complaint was no matter where it was positioned on my waist or hips, it kept riding up and bouncing. I also wish it had more storage space to hold my iphone. Does anyone have a solution to keep the belt from slipping? I had it as tight as it could go.

Anyway, we started back up again after our brief water refill. Miles 6-11 flew by. Partly because we were down by the beach finally. Not only did we have beautiful scenery but there was a nice sea breeze that seemed to wick away our sweat. At that point, we were both out of water again and were seriously parched. One of the troubles of running so early in the morning is finding places open. We had hoped one of the parks would have a drinking fountain or the bathrooms would be open. No such luck. We continued on weighing our options which weren’t many. I finally spotted a hose at a little hotel. We figured why not so we quietly refilled our bottles and drank away. While I waited for Steph, I spied the outdoor pool. I seriously would have jumped in if we didn’t have 7 miles to go!

Around mile 12 my right knee started to feel off. I was getting twinges of discomfort with every step on the inside of the knee cap. By mile 13.5 it was getting worse. I stopped running and walked. After a few steps it was feeling o.k. so we started back up again. I immediately got the pain. This is when my mind started to panic. What should I do? Keep running, maybe it will go away? Should I stop, stretch and walk a bit more? Gah!

At mile 14 I told Steph I needed to walk and for her to keep going. I didn’t want to hold her back anymore since my pace had dropped dramatically. We parted ways and she continued on strong. I stopped, stretched out a bit and then started walking. My knee felt fine walking so I started running again. The pain returned immediately. For miles 14-16 I alternated with walking/running with more walking. I called it at mile 16 since I was near my car. It wasn’t worth getting in the extra 2 miles hobbling and potentially doing more damage. So long story short – No PDR this week.

The rest of my Saturday was spent stretching and icing. Oh, and enjoying a smoothie. 🙂

About mid day I got a tweet from Cheryl saying she wasn’t feeling well and she wasn’t sure about running Color Me Rad in the morning. We were planning on carpooling to the event just south of Boston. Honestly, I had not even really thought about the race till then. Should I do it? I really didn’t have to run it. I’m sure I could walk if need be. Stubborn me was still thinking of doing it till Ron said, “What’s more important – a 5k fun run or finishing a marathon?” That sealed the deal. Color Me Rad sounded like it would have been a blast but I want this marathon more than anything. So I decided to back out. I needed a rest day to baby my knees. Which I did with a nice cold ice bath in the Atlantic Ocean Sunday morning. It’s feeling o.k. right now but the true test will be when I run on it.

Here’s the full recap of Marathon Training Week 8! Hopefully Week 9 will be better.

My main goals for this week:

  1. Strength training – at least 2x hitting the FULL body! Special attention to exercises for the quads and hamstrings.
  2. Ice, foam rolling, stretching after every workout and daily.

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39 comments on “What A Bummer!

  1. xoxoxoox
    I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT RUNNING—-I know lots about icing and rolling :/
    Youre so doing the smart thing.

  2. I’m sorry to hear about your knee! I’m glad you decided not to risk worsening your injury by doing the race (it must have been a hard decision to make)! Take good care, sending healing energies your way! xo

  3. Hope the ice bath and rest has been good for you, so you’re back up & running soon!

    Even though we missed you, you made the right decision. There will be more fun runs 😉

  4. I’m sorry to hear about your knee! I have had minor injuries while training for major runs and it’s very unnerving. I know what a bummer it is but you did the right thing by stopping your run and taking care of yourself. It’s the best way to a quick recovery!

  5. I know that heat and humidity all to well right now. Mile 6 is my water refill time too and it’s been tough b/c we changed the route recently. Thankfully found a water spigot last week and that’s now marked on my map 😉 I really hope your knee is ok, nothing too serious. And no PDR, but still not bad!

    1. I was thinking of placing water bottles throughout our course but I was running late for the meetup. I can’t imagine what it’s like where you live. Ugh!!!

  6. Those little aches and pains are so frustrating! It’s especially difficult to know which ones are okay to run through, and when that is only going to do more damage. Skipping Sunday was definitely smart in the long run. Let your knee recover, no need to make that recovery time longer than it needs to be. Glad to hear it’s feeling better today. Keep icing and try not to let it bum you out too much… hopefully it will all be behind you soon!

    1. I agree! My coworker and I were just talking about how do you know what’s nothing and what’s a red flag. It’s so hard especially when you are stubborn and don’t want to hold others back.

  7. I’m so sorry about your knee. Total bummer about the long run and Color Me Rad but I do think that you’re doing the smart thing. Yes, ice, foam roll, stretch and strength training are key!! So I would definitely focus on your quads, particularly the muscle that runs on the inside of your thigh, and lateral strength – step-ups (making sure your hips are level and your knee doesn’t collapse inward), squat walks (with a theraband tied in a circle and slipped around both feet – squat and walk sideways), clamshells, etc. Happy to share more exercises that my PT has me doing if you’d like.

    1. Thank you so much Christine! Squat walks and clamshells are killer for knee strength. My knee is feeling o.k. but it was a little kick in the butt that I need to be better about strength training.

  8. I think it was smart to skip the 5k. Giving your knee an extra day to recover is always smart. Keep up the icing, rolling, etc. How are your shoes? With the added mileage of marathon training you go through shoes quicker than you think.

    1. Yes, shoes! I’ve been meaning to get new shoes but I think that is one of the problems. I talked with a MD friend today and that was one of the first things she suggested too.

  9. Missed you yesterday, but you made the right decision! We had fun, but there are plenty of other fun opportunities to get together in our future!!! Speaking of which… when are we getting together again?!

  10. So sorry to hear about your knee. I hope that you aren’t in pain the next time you run. Way to go on skipping the race on Sunday- those decisions can be so difficult to make- at least in my experience.

  11. You go girl – these goals are simple and will help! I think that walking in a race is not bad becuase only you know what your body can handle!

  12. Ack! I’m so sorry about your knee!!! The friend that I’m supposed to run the half with (well, not WITH – she’s a bit faster than me) hasn’t run in 5 days because of hip/flexor issues. I feel terrible when runner friends hit a mark when something is out of whack. I pray to God it’s smooth sailing this week.16 miles is awesome, Angela, and I’m so glad you went with your gut to rest. I had to skip out on a 5K back in April for an ankle issue…and it was the day I felt completely renewed.

    I’ll be hitting the foam roller a lot this week, too, as well as the stretching. 🙂

    1. I have to remind myself that I’ve got plenty of time still before the big day so there’s no rush.

      We will be virtual foam rolling buddies this week! 🙂

  13. You are doing great. Listening to your body is very important. I think it is something we all struggle with. I hope it is something minor so you cab go on to achieve your goal.

  14. I hope you’re knee is feeling better! I have no luck with the hydration belts. They always bounce and ride up just under my breasts. During the Long Beach Marathon I think I took it off and just carried it. Now I just use the hand water bottle and have scheduled stops to refill. However, I’m not training for a full marathon. Not sure if I’d use it were.

  15. Sorry to hear about your knee. Take scare of it this week and Im sure you will be back up and running in no time. I hope you have a great week with your goals!

  16. Sorry about your knee! My left one hasn’t been nice to me this week either so I def sympathize! I think you made the right call with cutting your run a bit short and opting out of the 5k. Bummer for sure but best in the long run! Good luck on this week’s goals!

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