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Up and Down and Tough Decisions

I really haven’t felt up to blogging since last Tuesday and my last good run.

I know that stuff happens, but running for me is a happy making activity, and when I’m not running… I’m not happy. (That simple.)

And I’m not running. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I also have no idea at this moment when I’ll be able to run again and it’s driving me up the wall!

Recap:

My knees felt off after the HM two weeks ago. I kept on running, but dialled down the distance.

Last Tuesday I pushed a bit and ran my 10k PB.

Instead of off, my knees started to feel sore.

I made an conscious decision to skip my Thursday run and “just” do the gym instead. (Where I did the elliptical and some treadmill speedwalking in addition to strength training. Oops. I’m not good at no cardio.)

I even have gym gloves now! ๐Ÿ˜€

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And they match my favourite summer nails. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I “rested” on Friday by racking up just over three hours of walking over the day.

By Saturday morning I had not run for three days I felt so insanely restless. (By my reckoning I’d had three rest days. Never mind all the walking and the gym.)

So I laced up the shoes. I didn’t even switch on Endomondo so I wouldn’t get tempted to push myself. I managed something around four and a half kilometres, before my right knee sent out a distress call bad enough for me to just sit on the ground for twenty minutes before walking home. :/

That really freaked me out! It’s also the last time I’ve attempted to run.

So. As of now… three days without running again. Only this time I’ve been really serious about resting. No gym. No several hour walks.

(Well, I did walk for an hour today…and felt the ache in my right knee especially all the time. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It’s aching even when I just lie on my bed like now.)

And I’m nervous.

And stir crazy.

Eight weeks until marathon time. (And it’s starting to look like… Maybe not the best idea right now. I don’t even want to vocalise it because it feels like giving up, but I’m starting to think about changing my registration to the HM distance. I feel really bad about this. I’m pretty certain that I’m capable of running a full even already – minus the knees – but the question is should I?)

That decision can wait until I’m running again and see what condition I’m in.

Did I mention that I don’t know when that’ll be? And that’s the most crazy-making thing!

What do you do when you can’t run, but still want to Move?

Seriously. How do you stay sane when out of the running game?

I need ideas!

Currently, I’ve been falling back on old bad pre-running habits – how quickly they return! – of too much food, drink and late nights. Especially food. Experimenting with muffin and cookie recipes…

So not good for me. Not only am I not training, I’m filling the training time with feeding time.

So, what can I do to keep active, but still let my knees heal?

Thankfully, it’s not all colourful shots, 4am nights and cookies… I’ve also developed a sweet potato fries addiction (which is still better than a French fries one!)

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Dinner! ๐Ÿ˜‰

K.

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Discussion

8 thoughts on “Up and Down and Tough Decisions

  1. Where do your knees hurt? Have you seen a physio? (autocorrect keeps correcting it to ‘psychic’ ๐Ÿ™‚

    I can say from my own experience that when training for a marathon things will hurt and there will be a period of a week of rest here and there that will drive you mad. I would say just see how you go after a week, maybe do some biking (stationary, NOT uphill!) instead as it’s gentler on the knees.

    Posted by MrsB @ Mind over Matter | July 9, 2013, 8:10 pm
    • I can’t get an appointment! Like seriously. I don’t want to go to someone random and the earliest physio time I can get is in August and the earliest ortho time is in September. :/

      Stationary bike seems to be fine. At least I don’t experience any pain while doing it.

      Posted by klmv | July 11, 2013, 9:05 pm
  2. I feel for you – I was in the same place in February and March of this year and pulled out of the London Marathon. I suggest you see someone who can tell you what’s wrong with your knees and how to treat it. In the meantime, maybe try swimming (although breaststroke’s supposed to be bad for the knees!)

    Great nails by the way – wonder if I could get something similar to cover up my bruised toenails ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Posted by rundontrun | July 9, 2013, 8:11 pm
    • I know I need to rest. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m already checking out alternative marathons a bit further off…

      Btw, I totally have a number of purple polishes in different shades and finished for my blackened toe nails. I find a similar shade to what’s underneath works as the best disguise. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Posted by klmv | July 11, 2013, 9:02 pm
  3. I ignored some shin pain when I first started running and it turned into something way more serious, making me miss out on the Lisbon HM and to reduce my expectations for the Ottawa HM…two years later and I’m still seeing a physio! I would recommend switching to cycling and swimming while seeing someone as there could be a simple solution to your problem (of course, an expert would have to confirm that!). I do feel for you though as it is very frustrating to train for an event and then not be sure whether you’ll be able to participate due to injury…good luck! Oh yeah, great gloves ๐Ÿ™‚

    Posted by Run Pilou Run! | July 10, 2013, 8:15 am
    • I’m doing the stationary bike right now. Even regular biking (especially if it’s even slightly uphill) seems to aggravate the problem. :/ I can’t get a specialist time for a couple of weeks though… So until then I’m just not doing anything that causes pain.

      Posted by klmv | July 11, 2013, 9:07 pm
  4. You should definitely rest! Though I have to say, I thought I had a knee problem a while ago and it turned out that it was actually my ITB and I was experiencing referred pain. With some extensive stretching and foam rolling it went away. I hope you feel better soon.

    Posted by Claire McCracken | July 10, 2013, 8:34 pm

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