Last week was week 11 of our 14 week marathon training schedule. During my long runs I have had ongoing issues with both my Achilles but in my last long run of 33km I started to develop knee pain. I used to suffer with knee pain a lot when I ran but since I incorporated strength training into my schedule a few years ago it had all but disappeared. I don’t think it is unusual however for old aches and pains to resurface when you are doing the sort of kilometres we are doing but by the end of the run the pain in my knee was intense. But 33km done! I did it and was happy to have our longest run done and confident I could do more come marathon day.
By the next day however I couldn’t bend or straighten my left leg, the pain was centred around the back of my knee, probably a hamstring strain I thought and it will just go away. It did go away, after three days of doing NO training. I hate having to rest but was relieved the pain had gone away.
Wednesday night we ran 17km in really hot and humid conditions, it was horrible. We looked like drowned rats at the end from sweating so much. But every run counts and that was another one under our belts. Went home quite proud of myself until….. I started vomiting…. Vomiting isn’t nice for the person who is doing the vomiting but one of my twins (Daisy) has an absolute phobia about vomiting. She takes it as a personal affront to her sensibilities if she finds out anyone has vomited within a 10km radius of her. She was disgusted with me! She shouted at dear hubby demanding WHAT IS WRONG WITH HER??? WHY IS SHE DOING THAT?? Dear hubby explained it was probably not a stomach bug (Daisy’s greatest fear because she would obviously be at risk of catching it) but that I was dehydrated from training in the heat. Dear hubby and Daisy have both told me I am never to train for another marathon ever ever again. Promise me mum!
Still nauseated and weak from being sick all night I got up the next morning to go for a short little 6.5km run with the Life Fit runners. By 5km the pain at the back of my knee started and I had to stop.
So here we are three weeks away from the marathon and I can’t run, what do you do? Here’s my action plan:
1. Ice, ice and more ice to decrease pain and inflammation
2. Anti inflammatories – strongest you can take and take them religiously every 8 hours or whatever it says on the pack
3. Acupuncture – I still have a few needles lying around from my acupuncture days so I whacked a few of them into my knee.
4. Massage – Went to the local chinese guy $25 for 20 minutes and he did a great job and, finally,
5. Go to your clairvoyant – What? You don’t do that? But how do you know what’s going to happen?
Well if you don’t believe then I won’t bother telling you what she said……..
Oh, okay then, she said
“Overall the marathon experience will be a positive one for all the runners in the group who do it, in fact, at the end of the race everyone will be saying
“WHEN’S THE NEXT ONE!!””
(Don’t worry Daisy I won’t be saying that!)