Saturday.

Some days you should really just say home and play with your kitten. Unfortunately, being the dedicated marathon trainee that I am decided to go out for my long run. Saturday was supposed to be a ten-twelve mile run depending on how I felt.

I started off feeling amazing. I ran two 10:30 minute miles and then apparently my legs decided that they were just going to go faster. And I was so caught up in the music that I wasn’t really paying attention. Miles three through six were 9 minute miles. I wasn’t hurting, my body wasn’t aching. I felt good, I had fabulous weather.

And then it happened.

I was on a downhill. All of sudden the outside of my left knee was in excruciating pain. I slowed to walk which turned into a limp. After a few minutes of walking, the pain subsided so I thought I could run again. I ran just short of a quarter of a mile before deciding that running today was no longer an option. But since walking still felt fine, I figured I’d just to walk back to my apartment. I turned my app off at 9.03 miles. I had been walking for two and a half at this point. I still had another half a mile to go.

I live on the four floor of an apartment building with no elevators. I couldn’t even bend my knee to walk up the stairs without crying out in pain.

Chris saw my face when I hobbled through the door and knew something was seriously wrong.

My knee was slightly swollen. It looked like there was a bruise under the kneecap close to where I said it hurt.

After icing it and hanging out for a little while we headed out the Redskins pre-season game.

The walk to the car was slow and painful. Bending my knee no longer was an option.

Luckily at the stadium I managed to score Chris and I a ride on a golf cart with one of the stadium attendants. From there it was an elevator ride and a short walk to the suite so we could rejoice in witnessing RGIII’s first play ever at Fedex Field.

Thankfully the Redskins won.With that win I declared this is the season we head to the Super Bowl.

The walk back to the car was slow and painful. Walking up the stairs back into the apartment was painful.

This morning when I woke up? No pain. Granted, I haven’t tried to walk down the stairs or anything, but its an improvement.

My biggest concern is that this pain will prohibit me from participating in the half marathon next weekend. This is a tapering week so my runs will be short and sweet. Two four mile runs is all I’ve got planned.

If I have to, I will walk the half marathon.

At what point should I visit the doctor? Have you ever had random knee pain occur on a run? What did you do for treatment? How did this pain affect future runs? Any trips or tricks to help avoid knee pain? Do those compression knee sleeves actually work? Any help is greatly appreciated. Let’s discuss!

Breaking News: I Overpronate

Yesterday, Kristen and I went for an eleven mile run.[WOOO ELEVEN MILES!!] After more whining than I would like to admit, I proudly declared that I was finally going to go and get my running technique analyzed.

I’ve been experiencing a couple of random aches in my left foot for a few weeks now. Sometimes its the top of my ankle, others its the arch in my foot, and sometimes its just me wishing I was sleeping instead of running. I’ve just been pushing through these random pains. Not the smartest idea, I know. But I kept telling myself that it would be fine if I did x, y, and z. Yeah, no.

With my races coming up in a few weeks, I began to worry that the pain might lead to injury. And if I were to get injured, I wouldn’t be able to compete. And that would be a terrible thing.

So, I went to Pacers Running Store where I was welcomed by very knowledgable sales associates. The woman helping me asked me a few questions about my current exercise habits, the shoes I was wearing, and what I am training for. I brought my current running shoes with me. Unfortunately I was unable to use the treadmill for the analysis because the server was down but I did get to run around the store.

The associate asked me to run from one end of the store to the other so she could observe my technique. Took about one second to figure out that my ankles collapse inward while I run.

After doing some basic research online, it turns out that most people have this same issue. Yayyy!

The good news is that really it just means that I need more support around my ankles for stabilization.

Once it was determined that I overpronate, we began the process of finding shoes that work well for me. This resulted in more running around the store in shoes.

 

Before deciding on these:

Totally excited to take them out for a run!

Fun fact about the shoes — they are an entire size bigger than what I would normally wear. Apparently, your running shoes should never be your normal size due to how your feet swell when you run and that they are cut more narrow than a typical shoe.

I totally recommend getting your gait analyzed at some point. More specifically by someone who actually knows what they are talking about. Its really beneficial. Go to a specialty store, a doctor, etc because it definitely can’t hurt to get it done. I am sad that it took experiencing pain to drive me in there, but I did it. Hooray!

Do you overpronate? What kind of shoes do you wear? Do you prefer shoes that are plain or colorful? Did you go running over the weekend? Let’s discuss!