Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Alex and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Run

So, I'm totally freaking out right now.

Sunday Jessi and I had a marvelous and strong 9 mile run,
Monday I took a rest from running and cross trained on the bike for 60 minutes,
Tuesday I ran a strong 3 miles then stretched in yoga for an hour, and
Wednesday I ran 5 miles through horrible, sucky pain.

It wasn't a 'oo-I've-got-a-cramp' pain, but more like 'my-knee-is-unstable-and-is-effecting-the-rest-of-my-stride' pain. Does that make sense?

It started around 3.5 miles as a pain in my outer right knee. By mile 4 it had stretched to my ankle. This is when I should have stopped running. But I really wanted to get good mileage in this week! During the last mile I could feel the pain in my right hip. I was limping to finish the last half-mile. I'm sure I looked pathetic.

Weird thing is, when I stopped running and began walking the pain immediately when away. I stretched and stretched, hoping I would find a pulled or cramped muscle or tendon somewhere. Nothing. It wasn't until I was walking to my car before I felt it again. And now I'm limping around the house. I don't know much about running pains or injuries but something just doesn't feel right.

Needless to say, once home I iced my knees, popped some ibuprofen and said a quick prayer hoping this isn't any kind of injury. I am going to take tomorrow off as a rest day, but I'm totally freaking out. The race is less than 4 weeks away and we have been training so well! I felt so strong up until today...what is happening!?

I'm totally bummed but hoping some rest will do me good.

Fingers crossed.


  1. Oh no! I was going to text you to tell you I had a really good run but I'm glad I didn't (except I pretty much just did haha). Take some time off and I'm sure you'll be fine by the weekend. Maybe try some of those knee strengthening exercises Caitlin does?

  2. I went through this when I trained for my first half! I iced my knees after every run that final month of training...even the short ones...and always took a couple Aleeve about 30mins before I ran. Hopefully a mixture of rest/ice/stretching will help.
    If you continue to have issues I would def get it checked out...but I think this is something a lot of runners go through!