Monday, August 25, 2008

First workout, first injury

Well, I'm not off to a good start. My plan for today was...
15 minute warmup
4 x 1 mile at 6:42 or better (3 minute rest between)
15 minute cool down

During my warmup, I started limping a bit. There was pain on the outside of my right knee. I walked it off, and the pain went away. I ran my first mile in 6:23. No pain at all! Then I ran my second mile in 6:29. Slight pain on the last quarter. Then, I began the third mile. While making a turn on the first quarter, it felt like a gremlin jumped out of the ground and stabbed me on the outside of my right knee! I stopped. I wanted to finish the workout, but limping through it wouldn't have done any good. It probably would have done more harm than good. So, I walked the 1.7 miles home from the track. There was no pain while walking. A quick google suggests that it may be ITBS. It makes sense because I've been running on slanted surfaces (sides of crowned roads).

So, I'm planning on stationary bike and weights for the rest of the week. Hopefully, I'll be ready for Monte Sano on Saturday.


mgreene said...

Definitely sounds like IT band problem. Ice is good. There are also some good stretches that you can do at your desk at work.

W.Q. Duck said...

No suggestions from a waddling duck, just a great big THANKS for visiting!
We're looking forward, too, to the Duck & Run 5K on Sept. 20 in Athens.
P.S. I added a link to your blog on my blog. Let me know if you'd rather I remove it...but I'm enjoying following your training and looking forward to seeing your success at Rocket City in December...and I'm sure plenty of other North Alabama Runners will be behind you as well!