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Hard Decision

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.
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    1910 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    We all know you are not a quitter. Your decision is about ensuring that you don't cause long term injury that will cut your running career short. You get a lot out of running, so I wouldn't jeopardize your future races for one that you can always run next year once you figure out what's wrong with your knees. It would be a good idea to go to a sports doctor to find out what exactly the problem is -- knowledge is power. Good luck!
    1910 days ago
    Talk with your doctor. Good luck!
    1910 days ago
    go see a doctor.... before you do more damage.
    1910 days ago
    You (of all people!) are not a quitter! Listen to your body. There are plenty of marathons left in the world, and you have plenty of time to run them. If you can, get checked out. It is better to be safe than sorry.
    1911 days ago
    Hang in there and listen to your body.... we're rooting for you!
    1911 days ago
  • GETSTRONGRRR's my story, learn from it what you will.

    I ran for a long time....loved doing marathons. In late 2009 I started feeling some soreness in my upper thigh/butt. thought I had a bad IT band, pulled muscle, etc. I did foam rollers, popped a lot of Motrin, just kept powering through.

    In early 2010, I was training for my next marathon, doing a 20 mile run. I had to stop at mile 16 because the soreness just would not go away. Over the next few months, I shortened my running distances....but even a 5k became painful. In summer 2010, my buddy commented how I was walking funny through the airport.

    In Sept 2010, SWMBO said, "Basta with your complaints....go see the doctor!"

    I figured I'd get him to up my Motrin dosage and prescribe me some massage therapy at a local spa. He said, "take a look at your X-rays and you'll see why there isn't enough Motrin in the world to help you out"

    I had no more cartilage in my left hip. He basically said, "You can get surgery this year or 10 years from now, whatever you like, but bottom line is, it's not going to get better and will likely get worse"

    In Dec 2010, I had hip resurfacing surgery done.

    Smartest move I've made in a long time. My running days are over, but I do tons of low impact cardio and ST (not to mention kicking some serious ass on push-ups!)

    Bottom line....don't be a hero, listen to and honor the pain. Go see the doc, have some X-Rays taken
    1911 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/28/2013 6:12:23 PM
  • FROSTY99
    Sometimes our heart is into something but our body has a different idea! I think that is where you are right now. Only you can decide but I know I would not do the run. Long term damage to your knees might mean you will not be running in the future - can you consult a dr where you are?
    May whatever you decide be the right decisions for you.
    1911 days ago
    I have jumper's knee, which seems to be similar to or the same as runner's knee. I just got mine from karate before I had ever started running. I haven't had any exams recently, the last was in 2011, when my knees were feeling about the same as now. It gets better and disappears for awhile, then comes back, except this time it seems to be a bit more aggressive that in the past.
    1911 days ago
    I hate to ask a dumb question but: Have you had an exam from a sport Dr and PT for your knee?
    1911 days ago
    My joints are too shot to run, but I found when walking, that specialised insoles to stop my insteps dropping helped my feet, my knees and my back.
    1911 days ago
  • DAWN14163
    You know your body best and you are the only one who can make the final decision. Is there any chance of deferring your place until next year? I hope your knees recover quickly - don't overdo things and let them become a chronic problem!
    1911 days ago
  • 23KAIYA
    Listen to your body, if you try to push through and end up with a severe injury you could need surgery. Do you have the option of speaking to a doctor or getting some imaging done?
    1911 days ago
    To me, there's no decision to be made; taking care of my body so that it can ensure a good quality of life is my vote.
    1911 days ago
    You have to listen to your body. What you decide to do based on a single event could very well influence what happens in the days afterward and events going forward.

    It's hard to compromise on something that we commit ourselves to, but an injury is not something to be trifled with.

    Keep us posted on how things go from here.

    1911 days ago
  • CC3833
    I would not consider you a quitter. Your body is telling you you need a break. Do you take joint supplements for active adults? I highly recommend it. (Cosamin is a great brand kinda pricey though but it works) My mom was taking them then stopped and about a month after she stopped her wrist started bothering her and were warm to the touch... needless to say she went out and bought the bottle regardless of the price.
    1911 days ago
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