Usually, my Friday routine involves a run. I stagger home from work, pep myself up and go for an hour – 1.5 hour hard run. The weather has been gloriously good so far; I’ve never run in the rain and til now, I’ve managed to avoid running in the dark.
This week we are in taper mode, and I am on a crash-course in injury rehab. My knee hurts enough that it’s cause for concern. I don’t think I have a knee “injury” but that this is where the pain differs from my IT band/hamstring/glutes. It’s fair to say my body needs to rest.
Last week, I went home on Friday night. I did not run. I am forcibly making myself rest. I would be running on a “healing” body (I had a marathon – no pun intended – physio session on Thursday. My physio suggested a good 48 hours to let the treatment take effect and my body to adjust). Running on schedule could derail my whole recovery and send it backwards.
But I am a creature of habit: once I have ingrained something into my schedule, it’s hard to let go of. My body wants to run, even if it also craves the rest.
I ran on Saturday and Sunday. Both days it was painful for my knee. I managed about 10 min on Saturday before I had to walk. This was discouraging. I taped my knee on Sunday and was greatly encouraged. I managed almost 25 minutes, walked some and then ran another 30 minutes. It hurt a little less, so I’m calling this progress.
I saw my chiropractor on Monday and had another
painful productive session. He treated a different area around my knee this time, and it all made more sense. I think we are starting to treat what needs treatment to help ensure recovery. I go back again on Wednesday before a ‘test’ run later that day.
I am already looking ahead to race day: fingers crossed, positive thinking, and trusting my knee *will* hold for me. I’m focused on each day; another day for my knee to heal and another day closer to my goal.
* Have you ever had an injury close to race day? What’s the worst part of tapering? What do you love about race day?