Sunday, June 21, 2009

Injured :(

Apparently I hadn't trained enough to do a half marathon. I did complete the race but at the last part of the race my knees started to hurt. It seems that I injured my left knee during the race and I have had problems running since then. My right knee is ok again and hopfully the left one will heal soon. On todays run I managed to run for about 4 - 4½ kms before I felt the pain. I guess that's good because earlier the pain started much earlier.

Any ideas how to heal faster, anyone? I've tried most things, such as massage, ice and heat, liniment, stretching, rest and prayers. What else is there? I guess healing takes time and patience, but it is not fun at all. I have been running three times a week almost every week since December, struggling through snow and cold without a single problem. And now, when the weather is warm and nice and I really would enjoy running - I cannot.

I guess I should make myself a recoveryplan. What if I do my old leg strengthening program and stretches daily. - That have helped before. I should probably shorten my runs too, to a distance that I can run without pain, That would be 3½ - 4 kms based on my experience today. OK that's what I'm going to do, and now that I've written it down here, I can't cheat, can I. I guess I could log it all on Buckeye Outdoors too, that might make me even more disciplined. Yes my decision is made - recovery plan starts tomorrow, and I'll be back running as usual in notime. (I hope)


MarathonChris said...

You should consider NO RUNNING at all for at least 2 weeks - then gently try again and if still a problem take another week off.

If you have pain just walking, go see a doc! :-)

Congrats on your race - sorry about the knee.

Matt said...

Krister, I'm very sorry to hear of the injury but I concur strongly with Chris, you should lay off running for at least two weeks to give it time to heal, maybe three. Otherwise it just won't have a chance to heal. And then if it still hurts go see the doc. If at that point if you can get an MRI I enthusiastically suggest you do. That will pinpoint the problem. Good luck and enjoy some rest (as best you can!)

jami said...

Hope you feel better soon.
Try wall slides and stretching strengthen quads. Make sure your shoes are not too worn as well.