31 May 2012, 9:39am
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  • Running: Runner’s Knee

    It all started after my second half marathon.  That was a wonderful race.  I felt strong, I ran strong and finished under 2 hours.  But then, I had to go and mess it all up.

    Two days after my race I hit the gym hard.  I ran my usual 3 miles before Body Pump and then ran another 2 miles after.  I did some hardcore treadmill workouts, pushing myself.  A good runner buddy of mine said that that’s how she knew she was getting serious about running, when she got runner’s knee…Pushing and over doing it to make herself stronger and better.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.  I should have rested.

    As a result, the following week, my knees started to feel funny.  First, it started with twinging on either side on my knee along the joint, then I started getting a sharp pain on the top of my knee cap.  I thought my knees were going to give out or something, talk about sweating bullets.

    My knees were aching and at one point it was even hard for me to get in and out of the car, kneel down or stand up.

    It’s been nearly a month and my knees are just coming back to me.  Took them for a test drive last night on the treadmill and felt like I could run all night…almost.  By the end of my short little run, my right knee twinged a bit — grrrr.  So, I came home and iced it.  The only way to cure runner’s knee is to NOT run.  Do you know what kind of torture I’m enduring currently?? GAH.

      I’m writing this post mainly for myself, so I can remember what not to do.  Do NOT go full force after a race, give the body/knees a much needed break, two or three days, even, before hitting the pavement again.

    Ok, ok, ok, point taken.

    I know I’ve had to heed this advice in training for my marathon (it’s this Sunday!) I haven’t had perfect workouts every time, but my body is feeling really strong right now. I don’t like taking walk breaks, but they have saved my knees a lot of pain.

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