I ignored the slight pain when I ran Princess. I iced and rested my knee for a full week before I tried my hand at my next training run of 10 miles. But a sharp pain in my left knee stopped me in my tracks as I ran with friends several weeks back.
It was my own fault. I ran too far in snowy conditions on a test run. But I felt good, until I didn’t.
I stopped running for the next 10 days. Walking wasn’t painful. I traveled to Belgium with my husband and we walked all over four cities. No problem. I decided not to run a planned half marathon in DC in mid-March because I didn’t want to do further damage.
On the 10th non-running day, I headed to the gym to see what I could do.
Three times, I ran one mile. I followed each mile by walking a quarter-mile. By the time I finished, I felt great.
Two days later, I headed outdoors for a five-miler with my running partner Gary.
“How do you feel?” he asked me several times as we ran.
“Great!” I said several times. Then just after our fourth mile, I felt a twinge and asked Gary if we could walk. Not a problem. We walked about 3 or so minutes before finishing our run. My knee wasn’t throbbing. but rather still felt tweaked.
So I’ve taken off since then. I’ll try again tomorrow.
I haven’t been to a doctor. My knee is just strained, I think set off from running on uneven snow for months on end this summer. But here’s my dilemma:
Coming up this Sunday is the Syracuse Half Marathon, and I have a half in Atlantic City and another in Rochester next month. I’m torn on what to do. I’m considering run-walk intervals and taking my sweet time with the Syracuse race, but am wondering if doing so would just set me up for further injury? That, I don’t want to risk.
How do you handle a knee injury? What would you do in my shoes? (pun intended)