Typically the phrase, “take a knee,” refers to asking someone to listen closely, carefully. Well, that’s just what my body did to me this week. It’s almost as though it knew I was going to start my training season too hard and just wanted to warn me to slow down and ease into it (I tend to get a little excited and over zealous)
First run out of the gate almost stopped me in my tracks with a SHARP pain in my left knee. Yup, I’ve been hit with what we’re thinking is patellar tendinitis. Stairs are evil, squatting is a challenge and it’s taking about 1.5 miles to push through and loosen things up on my runs. This week I still got some runs and some cross training in (not as much as planned. Wah wah.), but everything was less than planned. Luckily, my training plan is 16weeks and I gave myself two bonus weeks to get eased into the training program. I still have 17 weeks until my marathon, so I’m still thinking positively.
The silver lining to this crummy week is that I was reminded how very important it is to get foam rolling and icing in as I’m training. I’ve always been a slow learner, having to learn things the hard way, but trust me. When my body starts to yell at me, I listen.
Sunday was the test for my knee, as I took a couple of days off. It took less than a mile for my knee to feel normal (relatively) and I was able to get 8 miles in without too much trouble. Yahoo!!!! Stairs and bending my knee in general is still a pain, literally, but I feel I’m on the track.
17 weeks to go….