I mentioned that my knee was sore after my 16 miles Saturday. A little ibuprofen and by Sunday afternoon it was good as new.
Tuesday afternoon called for 4 miles. It was cool and I was feeling good, so I decided to kind of push the tempo a bit and see what I could do. The run was great! I felt really good while running and set a new 4-mile personal best by quite a bit! But then later that night that pain came back. I had talked with a couple of folks and done some research on my own and thought it sounded like runner’s knee. I bought a knee strap to wear for Wednesday’s 8 miles. I couldn’t tell it helped whatsoever. I kept stopping and adjusting it, loosening it, tightening it, raising it, lowering it… I couldn’t find that sweet spot to make it stop hurting. But the pain still wasn’t bad so I kept going.
I’ve gotta say I didn’t have the postrun pain nearly as bad though. So maybe the strap did do something.
Today, the outside of my knee (the same one) and upper half of my shin REALLY hurt. Even when I’m just sitting still it’s just a dull pain with occasional stabbing pain. Needless to say I will not be running the 5 miles that my schedule calls for tonight. Instead I will be icing and massaging and stretching.
I called today to get an appointment with a sports doctor. I called a couple of clinics, and the soonest any of their doctors can get me in is the 20th. Maybe it’ll be better by then and I can cancel. Or maybe I’ll have blown my leg completely out by then. Who knows? In the meantime I’m gonna just try to play it smart. I’m hoping I’ll at least be able to get my long run in Saturday. It’s a step-back week, so it’s only 12 miles.