Saturday, February 26, 2011

"Long Run"

Friday's test run was the route up and down my hill. Just from looking at the splits, it's not too obvious that anything was wrong. In fact, I think that's the fastest I've come down the hill all winter. And I wasn't really trying to run fast, just tried to run comfortably

What I learned on the test run, was that my knee bothered my on the way up. But didn't hurt at all on the way down. That's got to be a clue.

Based on that observation, I decided to give it a go for my long run this morning. I was originally planning to run 10. I had already decided to cut back and try for 8-9 instead. Also decided that I would walk any uphill portions. And if my knee started to bother my on the flats, I would stop immediately and walk the rest of the way in.

I planned to meet my running buddies about 2 miles into their run. Based on their planned distance, that would give me about 9 miles to play with. And part of our route was going to be on dirt, which is a big plus for me.

Our coach was running with the others in the group who had shorter distances planned, then would come out to meet us on our way back.

Everything seemed to be going according to plan. I was a little disturbed to find that my knee bothered me even walking the uphills. That's not a good sign. When Coach met up with us at about mile 5, he commented that he could tell that my knee was acting up as soon as he saw me running, even from a distance. That's not a good sign either.

When I got to about 7.5 miles, my knee started to ache even on flats. Just as I had promised myself, I stopped running and walked the rest of the way in. So I ended the morning with ~7.5 miles running and 1.8 miles walking.

My running splits aren't very encouraging either. I'm guessing the slowing down trend is mostly related to whatever is going on to my knee and is not a sign of my fitness level. I really didn't feel particularly tired or sluggish.

So where does that leave me? Well, for starters I'm icing it as I type. I've taken the 10 mile race off my calendar. I'll be scaling back my activity for the next few weeks. I'll call the orthopedic and try to make an appointment for right after the half marathon.

I'm discouraged that this is happening right when my running was going so well, but it reminds me that my main goal is to be able to run feeling good and cross the finish line with a smile on my face. If that means shorter distances for now, so be it. It sure beats not running at all.


  1. I believe you made the right decisions. Let it heal while you tackle the shorter distances. Better to be able to run a mile or two here and there than nothing at all.

    I will be crossing my fingers for you and your knees. And hoping that a simple combination of rest and ice will help!

  2. :( I was hoping for better news!

    Glad you are taking care of it and backing off as needed. I really hope it feels better soon!

  3. Aww I'm so sorry about your knee!!! I think you are doing the right thing, though-even if it's a huge bummer. Here's to a speedy recovery!

  4. Oh, Lisa, I'm really sorry to read that the knee is causing you problems like this! You have a great attitude about it and your plan of action is really smart!

    I wish you a really speedy recovery!

  5. It's hard but stopping is so smart. Good luck!

  6. I'm glad you are not pushing yourself and listen to your body. I hope ice and rest will help to feel better soon!

  7. How frustrating! I'm glad you are listening to your body though.

  8. I just read the prior post, too. Do you think the doc will do the injections again? I'm glad to know you're really paying attention to your body and backing off for a bit.

    Be well!

  9. I'm so sorry to read this. But I so admire your positive, flexible attitude toward it all. It will pay off in spades in the long run. Hugs girl!

  10. Sorry for your knee, I am sure that the orthopedic can help you to solve the problem.
    When I had that pain I tried with the training cross and the treadmill.
    Good luck.

  11. Good luck with your knee. It's hard to cancel a race but I'm confident you'll heal up stronger.

  12. That rots! I hope it is feeling better after some rest and ice.