Friday, August 30, 2013
4 Weeks Until Marathon - Knee Pain - Need Advice
Hello! Ok, so this morning I faced the biggest running challenge of my Marathon Training. I set out to do 20-22 miles, but only ended up accomplishing 12.5 miles.
Let me set the stage a bit because I need all the advice I can get.
Two weeks ago I ran 20.5 miles (that was 6 weeks until the marathon)
Last weekend I ran 7 miles with 20 minutes on the elliptical prior (5 weeks until the marathon)
Today I set out to run my peak mileage of 20-22 miles (4 weeks until the marathon) and then I would begin tapering
The next two long runs were planned to be 12 miles, 8 miles, and then the marathon, BUT then this morning happened. What happened?
Well, my knees starting acting up for the first time. Now I’ve dealt with minor knee pain throughout the process of training. It’s on the outside of my knees, but never anything major. Never any sort of pain that has interfered with my running or hasn’t gone away after a day or so. This was different because I felt the tightness on the outside of my knees from the beginning. When I stopped at mile 5 (for like 20 seconds) to refill my water bottles, when I started up again my knees were SO tight.
This was completely new to me especially because I had only run 5 miles.
Throughout the next 7 miles I experienced some pain, but mostly great tightness on the outside of each of my knees. Usually it was on one knee more than the other. I stopped at mile 12.5 because I felt a pang and my knees were just so tight. I then walked close to a mile home and walking felt absolutely fine. It’s only when I’m running.
Now, I’ve done my research. A six week taper is not ideal, but I could just continue on with my plan (12 next weekend, 8 the following). And of course, that’s if my knees feel better.
I’m hoping/praying that with lots of foam rolling, icing, stretching over the next two days, which I plan to rest, that they will feel better. I feel a million emotions right now because well my training has been so great - tough work, but without knee pain. Aside from a few tough runs in the beginning, my last 20 and 18 mile were wonderful.
Also, note that I took this run this morning much slower – 30 seconds slower per mile giving me an average pace of 9:30. My last 20 mile run was a pace of 9:00.
I’m trying to stay very positive and not dwell on this, which is crazy difficult to do especially because I’ve worked so hard and I really was so excited for the run this morning.
It was a very enjoyable, easy run, and I know I would have had no problem running 20 miles had it not been for my knee issues.
Ok, please offer any advice you’ve got. Have you dealt with pain on the outside of your knee(s) before?
What did you do? I’m 4 weeks away from the marathon…
Also, is a six week taper crazy?
Thanks for listening!!! :)