Sooooooo… marathon training hasn’t been going too well. Two weeks ago my knees started to feel strained after a yoga class. As I continued to exercise over the following few days the pain upgraded from a twinge to a dull ache in some areas and sharp shooting pains in others. (Thank you snowboarding habit!)
I’m guessing I pushed a bit too much during my Disney runs.
I took a few days off and contacted my coach to find out how to manage the situation since all I wanted to do was sit in the corner and kick, flail and sob like a two-year old. I don’t handle being told I can’t do something very well… and that’s exactly what my knees were saying. Slightly inconvenient to my cause.
TNT coach said “Strength training.”
I said “Ugh.”
Then I sighed, found my grit (which was rolled into a ball in the flailing corner), put on my sneakers and began forward lunging around my backyard. (Dora meow-cheers me on from the window; my own little cheerleader!)
Squat, squat, lunge, lunge, leg lift, leg lift, streeeeeeetch! Day after day.
My butt was getting a boost. But the knees were still hurting.
Then I spent three days away with my ladies at a spa in Vermont for AAA’s birthday. With two beautiful pools and a bubbling hot tub, I did a lot of swimming and muscle loosening. I’ve ever tried swimming before, like properly doing laps and not just splashing around, but after AAA taught me how to breath — up and down, only inhale above water — I rocked out. It was awesome fun and great exercise!
The relaxation I indulged in also helped. When not swimming I was doing a lot of this:
And eating some of this:
Yesterday I got super excited that, except for the usual pop-up pain in my left knee (thank you, again, snowboarding habit!), I was feeling good. My combination of efforts seemed to have worked. However when I explained my problem to a second coach she recommended getting new shoes — that even though I hadn’t been running very long in the ones I’m wearing, I’ve had them since last fall and they could have lost support on their own.
So today I’m off to JackRabbits to run up my credit card on running shoes. This time I won’t tell the guy to “only bring out the cheap ones.” New sneaks are cheaper than a knee replacement — and I’m running this half whether my knee wants to or not!!
Anyone have any advice on handling knee pain??
What do you do to strengthen your knees??