This week I was determined to do ALL of my workouts – cross training and runs.
Sunday, my husband and I went out and did the drills and pace run.
Monday, I dragged myself out to the garage, got on my bike and rode.
Tuesday, I drove to the gym, ran 5 miles on the treadmill. Ugh, but
Wednesday, Jeffrey (husband) and I drove to the track. Ran .75 miles to warm up.
My knee started hurting at around .25 miles. By .75, it was hurting with every step. I started the drills (high knees, toe walking, heel walking, butt kicks, etc) to see if I could do them without pain. Nope. Toe/heel walking didn’t hurt but everything else did. I ran the 3x 100m strides and felt okay until the third one.
My pace run today was 12 sets of hard running for a minute and jogging/walking for a minute.
Started the second set. Ran about 20 steps and had to stop. At first it felt like my knee was hurting behind my knee, but I decided later that it really hurt around where my femur and tibia connect.
In full disclosure, I was hurting for the last mile(ish) on the treadmill yesterday. It didn’t hurt as much as it hurts today, but it was a nagging pain. It also did not hurt again for the rest of the day. (Yeah, I know. I didn’t run for the rest of the day, either.)
So now as I sit here, I am wondering if maybe the pain today was minor enough to just run on it anyway. How much is too much pain? Should I stop when it changes my gait? Should I stop when it makes me wince? Should I just keep going until I physically can’t go anymore? (Okay. I know the answer to that one is no.)
But seriously. How do you know when the pain you feel when running is too much to run through? Did I do this to myself by continuing to run yesterday?
Tomorrow is a cross training day. Friday is my long run day.
I’ll ice today and tomorrow and see how it goes.