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My 1/2 marathon dream fading

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Well since last Saturday I have only been able to run two times. Not because I didnt just get out there but because of my runners knee acting up again. In the race last week I was good until about mile 8 and it started to ache, by mile 9 I had to really push to get done cause it was hurting so bad. A few days back I went running and only managed 2 miles before it started to hurt again. Yesterday, went out again and just got to 2 miles and it started again. I pushed myself...i know, i know should of just came home once it started to hurt but I pushed and did almost 3 miles. I got home and just bawled my eyes out. Yea, I was in pain but I was crying mostly because at the current rate there is no way I will be able to get ready for my 1/2 on October 4th. I've been doing the exercises the sports doc gave me back in May. From Jan. of this year- early May I could not run because of my knee. almost 5 months!!!

I don't know what to do??? Currently right at this moment I have no pain when walking up or down stairs. Part of me thinks, go for a 1 mile or 1.5 mile run...just something. I know it would never be enough to do a 1/2. Then I think, no it needs to totally rest and I need to continue with the exercises that the sports doc gave me. I need to find another form of exercise to start doing. The thing with that, there's nothing I enjoy doing anymore other than running. I love running, I love it.

I just don't know....guess I'll start back up with P90X or even tae bo, maybe yoga. I just don't know. UGH! Never thought I would be this upset over something like this.
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    Thank you everyone for your thoughts and input!!!! means the world to me.
    4243 days ago
    I'm sorry you're hurting. I hope you will get better soon.
    4243 days ago
    Could you take a week off? I had to do that mid-training this spring. It was really frustrating, but not as frustrating as it would have been had I injured myself worse. You're SO CLOSE!! Really - if you've already done 10 miles, then you can definitely do 13. Stretch, ibuprofin, ice, repeat. Just for a week. I bet you'll feel better and will be able to achieve your goal!
    4243 days ago
    There's always a chance when something is hurting that you could damage it by pushing it further. I'd talk to your physician and perhaps switch to a run/walk combination. There's always next year! I feel your pain, I wanted to do the Detroit half and there's no way I can now because on July 15th my doctor said no running until we get my issues figured out with my chest pain and blood pressure.
    Good luck and I hope your knee starts to feel better very soon!
    4243 days ago
    I know how you feel... I had some minor injuries a couple of weeks ago...but I took a week off of running and that seemed to help. I have a friend who is an athletic trainer and he suggested biking so I did some of that, and some elliptical trainer because they didn't bother my knee or back...but still gave me a cardio workout...don't know if these are options for you but you may be able to do something. I also didn't do any leg weight lifting last week and will probably not do much until after my half so I don't cause any further leg strain...

    Hope you heal quickly...if it's an ongoing problem you may want to try some glucosomine sulfate too...Good luck!

    4244 days ago
  • BEFIT021
    I'm sorry you're having such pain, particularly since you enjoy running SO much! I don't knock out the mileage you do but I enjoy running, too. If you're in that much pain, tho, your body is trying to tell you something. My humble opinion is to stop and let it rest.

    There will ALWAYS be other races but NOT if you don't listen to your knee! (Maybe if you wrap it?)
    4244 days ago
  • HAPPYCPA1965
    I have knee problems and bunions and still knock out some serious mileage. I added strength training for the knees and mixed in biking to keep weight off the bunions. Every person's body is different but it might be worth a try.
    4244 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear that you knee is acting up. I don't often have problems with that, but when I do while I'm running, I switch to walking. Cross-training and strength training are great because they build up support muscles.
    4244 days ago
  • AUNTIE65
    Hang in there! I know exactly how you feel... my first half was in May and I had to walk most of it (or run through knee pain) to get to the finish line. I did that because I had already paid for it!

    I struggled with pain until about a month and a half ago - I stopped running all together for about a month and then had a hard time getting up to five miles - so I kept the mileage low and then one day the pain was just gone.

    I know it's hard since you love it so much, but you might consider a complete break for a short period now so that you can run again pain free... maybe not at this half, but at another one soon!

    I'm so sorry for your disapointment!
    4244 days ago
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