This can't be good.
I guess it all started last Saturday after a totally awesome 10 mile run. It was just over 2 hours and I felt really strong, and I even had my fastest mile as the last mile. Then, when I got home, my knees were a tad bit sore...like on the insides by the knee caps (not so much IT band issue area). And I mean, how are you supposed to bring pain relief to the insides of your knees? Are there some miraculous stretches I can do? I did some icing and biofreeze and basically took it really easy last week.
Cut to yesterday's run...which was supposed to be an hour. I had planned to go 5-6 miles. A mile and a half in, I had to turn around and go back. With each strike of the foot, the insides of my needs ached. And not just a ignorable, tolerable ache...but an 'omigawd if i keep running i feel like my knees are going to crumble beneath my body' ache. It wasn't pretty. I felt like I was just shuffling along, unable to pick my feet off the ground. It felt like I was at mile 25 of the race where you can barely will your legs to keep moving. Most importantly though, I just felt frustrated. When checking my Garmin, I was spot on my pace. I just didn't feel as if I were running. Or like I was kicking my legs behind me in an strange way. It was VERY bizarre.
I'm hoping that this is simply a "Phantom Pain." One that you can feel during taper, but sorts itself out before you step foot on the course. So. Someone diagnose me. What am I supposed to do to ease the aches? I've got exactly a week to get this sorted out, or else I'm in store for a doozy of a marathon. Plus I want to re-do that 6 miler on Monday night, hopefully. And get a run in on Wednesday...and maybe even a short one Friday.
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