It was almost two months ago that I announced I was running my first half marathon! I am still super duper excited about it.. but I am also quite nervous. I have been having a lot of troubles with my knee and I seriously don’t know if I will be ready for go-time on September 22. I thought I would give you an update on my training, my diet, and my aching knee.
Let’s start with my knee problems. I have to go back to 2007 to fully explain this one. So in 2007 I traveled to China with an amazing organization called Free the Children. It was the best time ever.. seriously.. and I got to experience so many amazing things. We were there for almost a month, travelling all over the place.. taking in the beautiful country. I think it was during week 2 when I had my first visit to the hospital. They tell you not to drink the water but they didn’t tell me I couldn’t shower in it. I have the most sensitive skin EVER so after I showered I had the worst allergic reaction to the water and every part of me ballooned and turned bright red. And my skin was soo itchy; it was unbearable. After being rushed to the hospital and injected with some allergy meds, I started to de-puff and all was well.
Not a happy camper…
My next trip to the hospital happened two days before my flight home. My knee was never the same after this little accident. We were playing skip rope with some of the kids from a local school and I don’t think they really knew what they were doing (or maybe they did…) because when I went to jump in they pulled the rope the wrong way and I tripped and landed the wrong way. My knee immediately flew out of place and all I remember was wanting to throw up. The pain was so severe I thought for sure my whole leg was toast. I was rushed to the hospital, again, where the doc put my knee back in place and sent me home with some pain meds and crutches. Since this accident my knee has popped out another 3 times. I don’t wish this pain on anyone – it hurts like a !#$^&!
Light running, for the most part, doesn’t really bother my knee. It is only when I am adding serious distance that the pain starts. It isn’t bad during the run, it is mostly afterwards and the morning after that the pain is crazy. If I run any distance over 8k the next morning I can barely walk and then I have to take 3 days off. It is killing my training schedule! I have been going to physiotherapy two times a week and although IT IS helping… I can’t help but feel a bit discouraged that I won’t be ready in time for my race. My physio says I have a major build up of scar tissue and I have some kind of knee tendinitis.
Honestly, my diet hasn’t changed that much since I started my training. I have been incorporating more protein in my meals and I make sure to have a protein after every run. I am also consciously trying to make sure I get enough iron in my diet because the last thing I need is a deficiency. I ate some fish the other day – the horror, I know! It’s not like I’m scarfing down tuna and salmon every night for dinner, I just had some fish. Didn’t care for it though so I’m back to keeping it out of my diet.
Runners – what are your main sources of protein? I need some more variety and would love to hear what others are fuelling up on.
Other than my running schedule, I have also been doing weights. Heavy lifting is where it’s at baby! I go to the gym in my apartment building a) because it’s free and b) because it is empty and I have been pumping some mad iron. I get most of my workouts from The Blonde Ponytail and PB Fingers – those girls have easy to follow workouts that you can pretty much do anywhere. I haven’t had a problem doing any of their routines and my gym has little selection in terms of weights. My physiotherapist has been encouraging me to work my glutes because my thigh muscles are being overused to protect my weak knee muscles. My ‘t-band’ is apparently so knotted because it is overused – so I have been rolling that muscle like a mad woman. If you’ve never heard of foam rolling check out this article. I never used to ‘roll out’ my muscles but since I started I find it makes a huge difference.
So that’s the ugly truth of my half training. I’m hoping the next few weeks are better because at this rate… I don’t know what will happen come race day.
Scared.. discouraged..confused?.. sweaty mess.
Are you training for a race right now? How is it going?