It has been 8 days since my last run.
I’ve been overtraining and developed a pain in my left knee. I diagnosed the problem as runners knee. It bothered me in spin class, so I got off the new bikes and did upper body weights. I hate not breaking a sweat. I couldn’t even test out the new treadmills.
I thought taking a few days off would help me run pain free for my long run. I ran 10 miles before going to West By God last weekend. I felt like a gazelle clocking 7:26 for my first mile. I told myself to slow it down and finished at a 7:47 pace.
Sadly, I woke up Sunday with the same knee pain. This time I knew I had to take the R.I.C.E. process seriously. Running long runs at a faster pace than my BQ goal is counterproductive and I am suffering for it now.
I feel like I have to watch every morsel I eat because I will gain weight from not running. My sleeping needs have decreased to about 6 hours per night compared to 8-9.
Here I am at the best physical shape of my life with a mindset to BQ and I’m sidelined. Besides over training, improper footwear can cause runners knee.
Last summer, I was fitted for shoes and told that I was a neutral runner. I’ve stuck with Asics Cumulus and Nimbus and any other Asics with a cute colorway I could find in the 6pm outlet.
I should have started this training cycle with a new shoe. I felt like I still had some life in the 5 or 6 Asics I rotate based on color. I was told that while a shoe may have tread, the sole layers break down resulting in decreased performance.
I kept an open mind as I visited Swags Sports Shoes yesterday. I even brought my Mom along so she could be properly fitted for her walking/jogging needs. We also wanted to check out Swag’s annual clearance sale.
The store was packed shoulder to shoulder. One of the sales reps still took the time to fit us. My Mom needed a wider width in a size down from what she normally wears. She was very unhappy about the Brooks style and color. I reiterated that we were there for fit, not fashion.
She settled on the Brooks as I felt like the parental roll was reversed by me telling her what was in her best interest.
Next, it was my turn. I explained my training needs and the sales rep observed my flat footed gait. He said I needed stability. I told him about the neutral assessment and he couldn’t believe it.
I didn’t want to be defiant, so I went with the flow. He brought out a regular width size 11 Mizuno Wave Paradox. I have never tried this brand. I walked about 5 steps and agreed to purchase before my analytical mind talked me out of it.
I tried the shoes when I got home and they seemed big in the toe box. I was wearing my favorite Feetures which are my thicker socks. I changed to a thin Asics sock and it was clear the shoes were too big.
Analytical Kelsie kicked in about how ugly the shoe was. I Googled images and felt like Christmas morning when I saw pink and green.
I called the Swag’s East location and they had the pink colorway in a 10.5! I tried those puppies on and they fit perfectly!
The true test will come after I heal and run a couple miles. I plan to take another week off and start back with a couple miles. I don’t know how missing two long runs will affect my STL RNR marathon training.
I cannot go from rest to a 14 mile long run. If I need to scratch the October 19th race, then so be it.
I have a year to get a 3:40 BQ time. It will be heart breaking because I felt so good going into this training.
I’ve already looked into Jacksonville on Dec 28th. Mercedes Benz with Karen is in the works for Feb 2015. Indy would be a perfect substitute with a Nov 2nd date to buy more time, but I have another commitment for that week.
I will try not to stress and let time tell the outcome. I will BQ for 2016. The question is ‘when?’