Tuesday, November 06, 2007


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I feel like crap.

I know I should be thankful that this sudden case of the flu came on this week and not two weeks ago (and I am), but it still sucks. I feel like crap.

Did I already mention that?

Unfortunately, the flu is not the only thing keeping me down these past couple of weeks. It seems that running 26.2 miles was a little bit too much on the old knees. I guess that's what happens when you have chicken legs from the knees down. Anyway, I have developed a case of Runner's Knee in BOTH knees which has prevented me from jumping back into the swing of things for my Miami Marathon Training program. It's frustrating for two reasons.

1. Everyone else I ran with feels great.

This is awesome for them, however it's killing me that everyone is out there running 13 miles and I can barely get through one. It hurts to know I felt so good during training and the marathon and now I am injured.

2. The weather is incredible right now!!!

I have been waiting MONTHS for this weather to get here. I have been running in 85+ degrees and 80+humidity in the DARK since MAY just reassuring myself that even though the summers here SUCK, the fall/winters more than make up for it. So here it is, the first cold front of the year. The highs are in the low, low 80's, humidity in the low 70's and it's AMAZING! And here I sit in my house, for the FOURTH day in a ROW, watching people run by my house.

Yes, I am totally feeling sorry for myself, I know.

I did get to the gym a couple of times last week. I lifted a couple of times and rode the elliptical once, which only bothered my knees at the end of the 40 minute workout. Then last Thursday I woke up early for a slow 3 mile run, ran for about 7 minutes, then turned around and ran back home. My knees just weren't ready.

Then Saturday, my Miami Training group had a 13 mile run scheduled. I decided just to run the first three since I still wasn't sure. It was O.K. but definitely still hurt. And the rest of the day my knees were killing me.

Then I got sick.

So since then, I have been sitting on my couch, drinking Thera Flu, blowing my nose, icing my knees and popping ibuprofen. Nothin' but a party around here. :)


P.O.M. said...

Oh crap. I hope you feel better soon. That sooooooooo sucks.

Don't feel bad about the running. I can hardly get thru 5 miles right now. Ger. Sometimes our bodies need rest, I guess. Damn it.

Sonia said...

I totally hear ya on no.1!!! Totally sucks to be sick and out of running when you here all the happy runners talk about their run.... I've had runner's knee in the past and found that Active Release Technique was the best thing on the planet for a quick fix (that stays fixed). It's some BS technique... lol You can check it out on that website: http://www.activerelease.com/

I'm sure someone near you does it....

As for no.2 I can only be jealous... it's dark at 5 p.m. here and COMPLETELY night time by 6 p.m. so the dark running would start for me when it ends for you...

Ok, well get better both on the flu and knee front! I'll see you in Miami!! (even if I have to short my marathon to a half I'm still going...)

Marcy said...

((((HUGS)))) I hope you feel better soon!! OMG flu stinks!! Hang in there chica!!

Before I'm 35 said...

Oh I'm so sorry! I feel your pain.

Get yourself feeling better soon, Laurel.

Lori said...

Ugh, the flu sucks, but at least you know that it will pass fairly quickly. The knee thing really blows. I hope you are able to find some exercises or something that is able to help it soon :(

Jess said...

Rest up and feel better! And give yourself a little time, 26.2 really does zap you.

Runner Leana said...

Laurel, I hope you feel better soon! You are right, at least this happened after the marathon. Take care of yourself and you'll be back out there, but don't try to push it. I can't comment on Active Release for the knee like Sonia suggested, but I have found ART to be really helpful. Give it a whirl!

zanne said...

oh, this sucks! sounds like a classic case of your body telling you it wants to rest. i know how you feel though - sucks when it just hurts to run. hope you'll be on the mend soon!

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