Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Yesterday my friend and I decided to swap our run day for a strength training day. I devised a fairly simple routine focusing on muscles used for running. I was excited to do some strength after not doing any for about a month.

Our routine was 2 sets of 8 reps of the following: Squats, Curls, Dead Lift, Triceps Extension, Lunges, Push-ups, Heel Raises, Dumbbell Rows, Good Mornings, Superman and Crunches.

I was good until the first set of lunges.  I went into the first lunge and thought I was going to fall down. I had intense pain in my left knee. I started to try a second and decided that I couldn't do them. The second set of squats hurt, and I didn't even attempt the lunges.  I used a foam roller on my knee instead.

On the way to the train I noticed that going down steps caused intense pain, while going up caused some, but not as bad. I started to worry about my running plan.  What will I do if I have a serious injury?  How can I continue running?  Will I make it to my 10K?? I put myself into a bit of a frenzy about this.

I decided when I got home that I needed to calm down.  I needed some good old RICE.  So I did.  I took a bath to relax first then I elevated my leg on a pillow with some ice and an ace bandage and watched TV with Jonas. I tried leaving it wrapped in bed but that didn't last long.  I put some Biofreeze on and slept just fine. 

I thought I was OK this morning. I was able to do the steps to the car without much issue, but getting out of the car at my mom's I realized I was not OK.  So I snagged a knee brace and some Aspercreme from her and went onto work.  The stairs on the walk were killer, but I figured out a way to do them without causing pain in that knee.

I'm resting today and possibly tomorrow.  We'll see how the pain is tomorrow morning.  I did some reading about the type of pain and where it's located. While it says that some non-impact activity is okay if you ice for 10-20 minutes afterwords, I should say away from impact activity, ie running for a while.

My question is, how long??

Sure, I set up a 10 week training program, and there are 8 week ones out there... but I think I need the 10 weeks.  What happens if this doesn't get better?  When do I seek medical help? Is this going to completely blow my 10k training out of the water?

I'm trying to think positive on this... really.


Ann said...

I'm so sorry you are going through this!! My husband was having knee pain too. You need to see a doctor. Turns out his was an IT band injury and he was warned about stretching and the consequences of not stretching. See somebody, stat. Good luck, I hope it turns out to be nothing!!

♥ Trisha ♥ said...

Thanks Ann!

I figure I'll likely end up at the doctor on Friday when I'm working from home. I don't think the pain will magically disappear in the next couple of days. :)

I hope it's nothing too!