Back in March I started having problems with my knees. I have "Jumper's Knee", or also known as "Runner's Knee", where the knee cap doesn't track quite right. Mine is probably from karate; it predates my running. I can go for long stretches of time without any issues at all and then something will set it off.
In March I think it was because my shoes had reached the end of their running life before I was expecting it. I still finished 2 HMs in March but it was getting worse so I dropped out of the Paris Marathon at the beginning of April, deciding it was best to let my knees get over themselves instead of trying to power through 26.2 miles and ending up with a DNF and/or a more serious injury.
The correct decision but it still chaps my backside something fierce that I am a mere mortal after all.
Anyway, I rested in April and in May my knees felt good again so I started running again. Until 5/14 when the pain hit again, in the right knee, bad enough that I spent the next few days limping. Sidelined again, although this time I have no one to blame but myself.
You know how one of the suggestions on SP for fitting exercise into your day is to do wall push-ups or lunges or something during your bathroom breaks? Well, I was having an awful lot of bathroom breaks back in May so figured I would kill 2 birds by getting fitness minutes AND strengthening my legs to protect my knees by doing squats. In heels.
Just for the record...bad idea, don't do it. This is where my Mom would have said "Do as I say, not as I do".
So back to walking/hiking for the next several weeks. At the beginning of June I started very cautiously running again. With run/walk intervals, going pretty slow even by my standards.
So far, so good (knock on wood). I'm working on getting my endurance back, and building up my miles and speed. So my plan for this month is to run about 3 miles or so twice per week with my LSR per the marathon training plan every Sunday.
For the past month I've run a little farther each Sunday before starting the walk/run intervals. I have now eased on up to a 6 mile run; the other 5 miles on the schedule today were walk/run, although mostly walk with only 1 of the 5 running.
's ok. Miles are miles and there is plenty of road.