5.18.2008

Nippin' things in the bud

Over the past few weeks I have felt the slightest twinges of "runner's knee" coming on. So it's time to start hitting the quad-strengthening exercises hard--I have some corrective/preventative exercises that I can do a few times/day, so I need to make a point of actually DOING them regularly. I suspect my hams and calves are a bit stronger (relatively speaking) than the fronts of my legs (common in runners), so my patella is being yanked off-course and out of it's proper track. I've had some slight pains and snap, crackle and popping action from my right knee. Running on cambered roads a bit may also be a factor, though the bulk of my mileage is on roads that are flat--well, with the exception of MI potholes. Time to start doing more of my miles on the flat bike trail, I think. Now is not the time to be injured...not with official marathon training starting in 2 weeks.

Tomorrow I am hoping to run 11 miles--my longest run since my 25k last weekend. It should feel like a cakewalk...assuming my knee is cooperative. I feel pretty confident right now. I'll see how the first 3-4 miles feel and turn back early if need be. The weather looks like it will be gorgeous--high 50s, so I really hope I can take full advantage. Won't be long before it's miserably hot and I have to plan all my runs to finish before noon. I don't do well running once it gets much above 75. Heck, even 70 feels pretty hot while running at high effort and/or for long distances. Add humidity and asthma to the mix and it can be a real bear running in the Summer. Aside from the footing I'd rather run in the Winter, much of the time. I don't like heatstroke so much.

Still waiting for my asthma meds to take full effect. Generally it takes 1-2 weeks for the steroid drug (exact same drug as my Flonase nasal med for my allergies, incidentally) to really start working, so hopefully in the next few days I might start noticing markedly improved lung function. I can only hope. The bronchodilator does really help, though, so I have had some good relief since I started taking Advair. I'm sure things will improve once the trees are doing blooming and pollenating, too. Even with 3 allergy meds I still had to take a Benadryl in the early morning hours. Sheesh.

2 comments:

  1. Hate to hear about the knee Kirsten! Hopefully you can get that cleared up before getting too deep in to your marathon training.
    Now young lady- get off the computer and go do your exercises if you haven't already done them this morning. :)

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  2. Ha, I have been doing them, as a matter of fact. :D

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