Labor Day

The Knee [Half-Marathon Monday]

Before I say anything else today… Hello September and Happy Labor Day! Just taking a moment to thank people like my dad who work their asses off day in and day out. I wouldn’t have the comfortable life I have without your hard work, Dad! I wish I could walk with you in the Pittsburgh Labor Day Parade, but go strut your stuff without me for one more year. 🙂

I don’t know how it happened but September is already here. I feel like it was just yesterday (but really though) that I was obsessing over all things fall. I know that bloggers have been jumping on the fall train for about two weeks now and I tried to refrain but… no more! My mom claims that September is supposed to be for apples only but that’s not how I roll. When I jump into fall, I go all in. I bought tons of squash at the farmer’s market last weekend and I. Am. Ready.

And on the topic of feeling ready for things…

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On Friday, I was feeling really positive about my halfie training. I was happy with how my shorter runs went this week and I felt strong. And then…

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What you see there is an injured knee. As I set out for my long run on Saturday, I felt pretty good despite the heat (I had to start out later than I wanted because it was thunder storming when I woke up at 7). Around mile 2.5, my knee really started to bug me. At first I felt like a ball was rubbing on the outside of my right knee, but I figured it was a weird cramp so I wiggled it out and kept going.

It didn’t get better. In fact, it got worse. I made it to mile 4 and I absolutely had to stop. I was afraid to push it and injure myself further before I could really assess what was happening. Unfortunately, I had to walk all the way home. I took a short cut that got me home in two miles.

As soon as I got home, I showered and started icing. Eventually I was sick of sitting alone and in a pretty down mood because of my knee, so I asked Kaitlyn to meet me for some cheer-up fro yo. She and I have lots of catching up to do, even after the fro yo date!

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On the way home, the sensation I was feeling became clear – it hurt to bend my leg. As I walked, it felt like every few feet my knee would seize up. I spent the rest of the night on my couch, icing away.

Thankfully when I woke up Sunday, the pain wasn’t nearly as bad. I continued to ice and then moved to some heat compression eventually. I have a run scheduled for today with Kaitlyn, so we’ll see if that happens and/or how it goes. I may get a knee brace and wear it just in case.

Here’s the thing: I can’t pinpoint for sure why this happened. I don’t think it’s from overuse, I really don’t. I didn’t fall, I didn’t feel a twist in my knee. I was going over and over the past week in my head trying to figure it out, and then on Sunday morning a possible culprit hit me. I took a yoga class on Thursday and I remembered one specific move (kneeling twist lunge with quad stretch) that felt a little uncomfortable. I didn’t hold it long but is that enough to do some damage? Maybe.

As for this week, here is what I plan on doing as long as my knee cooperates:
Sunday: Rest (stupid knee.)
Monday: 4 mile run
Tuesday: Hot yoga
Wednesday: 4 mile interval run
Thursday: Bootcamp
Friday: Weights or 6 mile run
Saturday: 6 mile run or weights

Enjoy this Labor Day off!

Question of the Day:
What injuries have you sustained during training?
How are you celebrating Labor Day?

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