Well, it is official. I’m hurt bad enough that I’ve had to take a few days off. Whenever I am hurt, I like to think of little injury gremlins getting into my joints and wreaking havoc. Think of those little Lamisil gremlins lifting up the dude’s big toenail. Gross. Of course, the reality is that it is my own stupid body mechanics that are likely to blame.
I can’t 100% pin down the official cause of the issues, but my knee was stiff and sore after my 20 miler last weekend and throbbed during my 4 mile recovery run that was cut short from a planned 5 miles. So, again putting on my doctors circle mirror head dealie, I’d have to say that it was a combination of:
Working and bending over in the yard last week
Being dehydrated over the last week
Running my recovery runs a bit too fast
Running on shoes that were just barely past their prime
No longer lifting weights
Being PISS POUNDED in my fantasy football league(s)
Obama’s healthcare plan (Kidding, kidding)
Now, to puff out my chest and act like a man for a while, it isn’t like I couldn’t run. I could probably run on my knee if I was being chased by a cougar. (Those wealthy old ladies just can’t get enough of my baby blue eyes.) But, this is one of the first times in a while that my injury hurts when I am NOT running – so I thought it best to take a break.
Since I am in taper mode for the Twin Cities marathon, I honestly don’t think that it will be too big of a deal to my training. I’m going to try to jog some VERY slow miles Wednesday night (which will be a full 3 days off) and see how it goes. Again, if I still have pain while walking around, I’ll probably hold off another day or so. No sense being stupid about it.
Question to the group: Does Advil actually help in the healing process or does it just mask pain / symptoms? My pain isn’t bad enough that I am foaming at the mouth to take yet another pill, but if it will help I’ll be more than happy to pop a few Vitamin-I.