[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=knee+injury&iid=5283548″ src=”d/b/8/e/man_using_an_841b.jpg?adImageId=8851111&imageId=5283548″ width=”234″ height=”234″ /]This week has had me thinking a lot about balance. Wednesday night, I headed out for a 15 km run along the Danforth. At the eight-kilometer mark, I started getting a sharp pain in my knee and had to stop my run and take the subway back home.
I’m pretty sure it’s just a tight IT band, and that RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) with a trip to my Chiropractor and/or RMT will fix the issue. But I also know that when my body speaks this language to me, it’s not something to ignore — that all the RICE and massages in the world aren’t going to fix the cause of the problem. I’m also not looking to start my marathon training at the end of the month injured.
This all comes as I reach the first anniversary of taking up running. A year ago last night, I attended my first learn to run clinic. I remember being nervous and excited, unsure about what I was getting myself into. Why had I signed up to start learning to run in January again?
The last year has been an amazing adventure with lots of new friends, fantastic accomplishments and me finding myself in the best health of my life. It’s humbling to look back and realize that I’ve come from a run one-minute, walk two ratio, to being able to run 30 km non stop.
Since finishing a couple of half marathons last fall, I haven’t really taken much of a break. In fact, I’ve done quite the opposite. I’ve continued to increase my distance and intensity (the marathon clinic I’m taking doesn’t get to a 30 km LSD until week nine of 18). I’ve increased my distance at a safe rate, but haven’t given my body a break longer than a couple of days. In addition I’ve added three to four gym workouts a week, spinning and yoga to the mix. All of these things (workouts, spinning and yoga) are great for cross training and strengthening, but they, along with running, need to be balanced out.
My marathon training starts on January 21, and my “new” goal is to have my knee good to go for it. To achieve that goal, I need to balance my workouts with the need to give my body some down time, both to recover and to rest. I skipped my run last night, and will see how things feel before working out on Saturday or putting in a long, slow distance on Sunday.
Either way, I’m planning on cutting my mileage down significantly over the next couple of weeks and I shall dub this time as “tapering” for my training.
In an ironic twist, my new shoes arrived today. ;-)
Wishing you all injury free trails for 2010!