Monday, January 26, 2015

That was supposed to be 16 miles

Friday evening we were supposed to get a 'dusting' of snow, but I woke up to this.

 6" of snow!
Now y'all know I hate snow and cold weather, so I waited until noon when it had warmed up to 40 degrees to start what was supposed to be my long run of 16 miles.
But...that didn't go quite as planned.

 I've talked about my knee pain before, so this time I made sure to wear my brace, hoping that would help. But it didn't. The pain was so bad, that I could hardly do 4 miles, and I walked a lot of it.
The crazy thing is, last weekend I ran 13, with no pain! But then all of my shorter runs last week were very painful. I've noticed that when I do my strength training dvd's, I can't even do squats or lunges.

I think I've said before, I know what the problem is. I guarantee it's because of my weight gain. I never had knee problems when I was 25-30 lbs lighter. So I really think that's the cause of it.

If I didn't have a marathon in 7 weeks, I would probably take some time off from running, and really focus on losing this weight and doing another kind of cardio for awhile.

But...I HAVE A MARATHON  IN 7 WEEKS! You guys, I had to cancel my last THREE marathons because of my torn tendon injury, I do NOT want to cancel another one!! (Sorry I'm yelling a lot)

Gahhhh....I don't know what to do.

A couple weeks ago I talked about choosing joy, so this is my chance. I'm going to try with everything in me to still be able to do this marathon, and will be devastated if I have to forgo another one.
 But if I have to, I will set my sights on my next race, the Carmel marathon, which is in 2.5 months.

What would you do in this situation?
Anyone else get lots of snow?
katie

24 comments:

  1. You sound like me... every time I have a race, my body, SOMETHING happens to it right when its getting near race time. WHY?!?!?!? Not fair
    We actually escaped the snow - whew!

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  2. I can tell you that your weight gain is not the CAUSE of your knee pain but can certainly be aggravating an issue that was already present. OR your body mechanics changed as you gained weight and altered your gait. Have you changed your shoes recently? Weight fluctuations can play a major role in biomechanics so sometimes injuries can just be a matter of getting back into alignment. I hate injuries and hope you can get back to running like you want!

    Also I was so sad that we didn't have any snow. I was in Nicolasville Friday and had a terrible drive home along empty Kentucky back roads in 6 inches of snow only to get past Simpsonville and see nothing :(

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  3. Oh Katie, how frustrating! I'm so sorry that you're going through this. I know you don't want to have to forego another marathon, but even if you have to, you know that you have the power to not feel bad about it!

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  4. I feel your pain. Literally. I've been hurting a lot after running too. I self diagnosed myself with an adductor strain, but we'll see after the sports doc appointment. I've decided to switch from a marathon to half. It's not worth the pain you know. Good luck!

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  5. I thought the same as Rennay. Perhaps your shoes? Not necessarily causing something, but perhaps aggravating something. I'm so sorry! I hate to think you might have to forego another marathon. That would just plain SUCK.

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  6. You may be right, I've noticed a little more aches with my weight gain than I had before too. Maybe if you take out the strength training for a few weeks or all together, or reduce it to very low impact?
    Be careful, I hope you can find a way to get rid of the pain and still get your race in!!!
    I've had to cancel races too, so I know how hard it is. But I'm thinking if the pain is new and not something that's been going on for to long, you still have a really good chance to make some changes and get rid of the pain and back into training.
    Maybe for this week, stop doing anything that causes any pain, and keep with the icing and anti-inflammitories, my fingers will be crossed that you can get rid of it!!!
    FYI, I'm kind of jealous of all the snow! We have had an unusually mild winter, with temps lately in the 20's and 30's it's like we skipped winter and went straight to spring:) Luckily our mountains have been getting more snow than us in the valleys, but still:)

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  7. i didn't run this weekend because of the snow. i'm sorry your knee was hurting :(
    i agree with the weight gain - i never had injuries and i was so much faster 3 years and 20 lbs ago. Sigh. I hope you don't have to forego this marathon - I hope your knee cooperates.

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  8. The snow looks great. I am sorry that your knee was hurting. I only ran 4 miles on Sunday. I hope you have a great week.

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  9. I'm so sorry, this must be so frustrating! I've had knee pain my whole life, but since becoming a runner, it hasn't been anything I couldn't run through or at least run on after resting and icing for just a day or two. I can't imagine facing having to cancel another race you're looking forward to. Sending hugs and hoping your next run is so much better!

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  10. So sorry that you had to cut your run off because of knee pain - I hope it isn't anything major!!!

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  11. There are lots of strengthening exercises you can do to work on the muscles around your knee, which may help. Maybe anphysioncould help get you back on track. I am so sorry for you. It has been a tough ride for you lately!

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    1. I will look for some strengthening exercises I can do for my knee. It has been tough, and I'm tired of it!! Thanks Jess!

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  12. I know you want to run this marathon but girl....you should run if you are having pain, I really think you should get it checked out. It's not worth it. What happens if you get another bigger, worse injury from continuing to run on it? I hate that I have to say that because I know it's so important to you, but don't forget the big picture. Hugs.

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    1. I will do something besides running for awhile. This week I've been walking on my treadmill (it's SO hard to walk!), so I'll just take it easy and hope that helps. Thank you Sue :)

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  13. Love The 1st Two Photos!! Keep Thinking Snow!! Colorado Needs It!! Cheers

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    1. Why don't you just come get all our snow then? I'd be glad to see it go! ;)

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  14. It's so frustrating not to run when you really want to. I hope you feel better soon!

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  15. I'm from the South and we hardly ever get a winter. Be grateful for the winter because year round summer can get old fast!

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