After Goofy my coach casually mentioned that if I could recover well from the race she thought I could run another marathon in February. By piggy backing on all of my quality training for Goofy she felt I had the potential to possibly take on a PR. However my recovery from the race was key in order for this to happen!
I took an entire week off after the race because I wanted to have fun on vacation and enjoy Disney World! The first day after the race my right knee was a little tight but for the remainder of the trip I felt really good. I was maybe just a little tired from all of the walking around the parks that Neil and I did. When I got home to Calgary I eased into things very slowly. First up a 30 minute run where my legs felt like garbage for the first 20 minutes. Then a super easy run with my friend Kelly at lunch that felt awesome. And another super easy run with Kelly where I felt great…until I felt my IT band tighten up over my right knee in the final couple minutes of the run.
After I said goodbye to Kelly I went back to my gym and rolled that IT out. I figured I was on top of it and I’d be good to go. A couple of days later I headed out for a run with no thoughts on pace, I just wanted to be out there and enjoying running. When I hit my turnaround point my knee started to hurt and over the next ten minutes it got worse. I knew I couldn’t run home with my knee hurting like that so I had to call Neil to come get me.
His assessment was that my right leg was super tight which threw my leg out of alignment and caused my knee issue. Over the course of last week I took several days off, had a couple of rounds of ART to address my super tight leg and I went for a massage. With no pain or discomfort in my knee I figured it was time to take it on a test run on Sunday…but the short story is that I wasn’t able to finish my run pain free.
My dreams of a February marathon PR attempt have been dashed before they were able to really get off the ground. My number one priority now is getting back to a healthy knee. As for how I’ll get there…I’ll share more in a later post.
Have you ever dealt with knee issues? What was your recovery strategy?