Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Paris HM was March 3. I had some sporadic knee pain in both knees the first 2 miles and then things stabilized and it was not an issue. A few days following at the end of my 2 miles run my right knee started to hurt quite a bit. When I entered my mileage that night I realized my shoes now had 250 miles on them and immediately replaced them.
The first run in the new shoes went well until mile 10 when my left knee started to hurt quite a lot, to the extent that I could not run on it without pain. I immediately walked the last few hundred feet to my house and ended the run even though my original plan was to do double the distance.
The knee pain persisted for several days, although I was not running. It was not constant 24/7 pain but persistent enough in both knees that I actually wore my knee braces for 3 days. That next Sunday was the St. Quentin half marathon, which I ran per my training plan and had no issues.
But Tuesday this last week the knee pain came back. Just sporadic sharp pains in & below the kneecap; the pain would hit and disappear in a second. Wednesday evening I went for a short 1.15 mile run; my right knee was OK but my left knee kept twinging (is that even a word? It is now!). Today is not bad but I can feel some faint pain in both knees occasionally while walking and going down stairs.
So now I have a decision to make.
The Paris marathon is on April 7, in 10 days. I must decide if I run or not.
I could rest for the next 9 days and run fine with no issues, like I did in the HM on the 17th. Or I could rest for the next 9 days and get to mile 3 or 10 or 15 or 21 and have a major issue and be unable to finish, not to mention the risk of a more severe injury.
I feel like a chicken or a quitter even to be thinking about not running.