When you’re training for a race with any sort of distance to it, you’ll start to experience at least one running-related injury along the way. Fact o’ life, what do you do.
I’ve already dealt with sesmoiditis, which I acquired from maniacally playing on multiple soccer teams at a time for three years straight. It’s still there, but it’s faded into the background thanks to simply not being on my feet in the same way I was for so long, from wearing ball-of-foot pads in my left shoes ad from finally getting a pair of perfectly-tailored-for-Christy’s-foot-type runners from Luke’s (the only pair I don’t have to wear a pad in).
Then I began experiencing pain in the inner left knee, which was frustrating. When Chris first mentioned that a lot of knee pain is caused by weak quads, I was all defensive like, MY QUADS ARE PERFECTLY STRONG, THANKYOUVERYMUCH. But I sucked it up and began working out the ol quads more. And by golly if the knee pain din’t reduced about 95 percent.
With pain in check, I finally felt completely ok enough to move forward with my half-marathon training at the pace I wanted.
Meanwhile, I’de heard fellow runners like Liz and Chris talk about having issues with their IT band (iliotibial band). I felt for them, but it meant nothing to me b/c I couldn’t imagine the kind of pain they were describing.
Well, the running gods paid me back for my lack of imagination yesterday around mile 8 during my first half-marathon (which I talk about in the post above). One of my favorite things about Austin, its hills, were my worst enemy. I’m a trail runner by heart and normally love running hills. But I’d trained to run 13 miles of flat, not 13 miles of up-and-down. The sharpest, most dibilitating of pain shot through the outside of my left knee (all my injuries are on my left side; what’s up with that?) to the point of stopping me dead in my tracks. Even walking hurt sooo. baaad. I tried to make myself run a bit, then walk a bit, but the running bits grew shorter and shorter. It wasn’t the kind of pain I could just ignore and suck up until I hit the finish line — it completely determined my performance.
It sucks. So, I’ll be doing many a Google search on prevention, and I’m taking any advice you have on the matter.