Yesterday it all went wrong. I didn't manage my long run due to knee pain. I felt sad, worried, cold. It started brilliantly: I ran the first six miles at a very good 6.5mph. I began to wonder if there was a bit of a camber on the path but really started to feel the pain at eight miles. By ten miles I had to stop. I was distraught, I hadn't even managed half of it but just walking was painful. There was another three miles of limping before I stopped for a coffee and to buy a jumper! I'd got so cold I wasn't really thinking straight and couldn't see what I was going to do. Eventually though, I decided not to run this week - maybe some swimming - and that I could try another long run next week.
I say it's an inevitable injury because, other than those pesky blisters, I hadn't had any substantial problems. Surely with marathon training in 13 weeks with no cross training elements I was destined to sustain some sort of injury.
I had a similar pain three years ago during my first half marathon. It was the first time I'd ever run more than eight miles and there was an ache in the left knee. Last week, during the half marathon I felt that leg twinging more. I know in a previous blog post referring to the body's capacity to recover, I'd had an achey knee that was better by the next day. Same knee.
This time round I'm ensuring absolute recovery. I have no intention of antagonising it any further. So close now, in fact I'm nearly into the taper. I'll try one more go at 18 miles - I've heard that if you can crack that, you can run a marathon. I just want the peace of mind that I'm endurance fit. However, as I said, I'm not running at all until I do that 18 mile attempt.
If it's still hurting to walk by Wednesday maybe I'll "see someone" but I think rest is the best management plan.
<sigh> and I looked so good in my Girlguiding UK vest and necker...