10 days until the marathon, and what should be a blissful taper full of well-trained confidence has turned into wondering if I’m going to be able to run.
This past Saturday I set out for a 14 mile long run to kick off the 2-week taper. At about the 7 mile mark my right knee started bothering me. Generally tight, and just a little ‘off’. Not the IT Band type issues from before, but something different. Over the next 3 miles the tightness got more pronounced, and a little past 10 miles pain set in below and beside my kneecap. Gutted out the last 4 miles to get back to my car, but something was definitely wrong. Rested, iced,and fretted for the next 3 days, skipping my run on Tuesday, and headed out Wednesday morning for 5 miles to see how it felt. Unfortunately the answer was tight, sore, and painful.
Today it’s very sore, clicking more than usual, hurts below and beside the kneecap, and just generally crappy.
Not quite sure what this is going to mean. Definitely not going to run Friday, skipping my Saturday run, and hoping to try it out Sunday to see what’s going on. Lots of stretching, ice, ibuprofen and profanities in the meantime. Looking like this marathon may be slipping away. After all the IT Band and Plantar Fasciitis battles, I may be wiped out by a rogue kneecap.