Taper plan & knee pain

Ice me!

I know I’ve pushed a little harder than normal over the past week, including two 8+ mile training runs, but I was surprised to wake up with a sore knee this morning. I’m not even sure if it’s my knee or the muscles surrounding it, but it’s clear that after ten days of runs and workouts I need to take a day to recover.

As predicted, the rain is coming down hard this morning. I’m actually happy about that. Nothing to tempt me to step out for a few miles. Rest is both prescribed and necessary. I’m using the Active Wrap cold packs to ice my knee and the areas directly above and below it. I’m not sure whether to run tomorrow (if the weather gets better) or if I should give my legs another day of rest.

I’m being more conservative about this taper than usual. Right now I’m thinking that I’ll hold off this weekend and do easy runs on Monday and Wednesday, with a tempo run on Tuesday. I’ll then rest on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and limit my activities on those days to walking or core work. I’m hoping that additional rest days will pay off. Eight days to go and counting…

Finally, I’m excited that my running buddy Brian will be joining me at the LI Half Marathon. He ran it last year and carried a video camera, documenting what turned out to be a difficult race. I’m thinking he’ll have a better time of it this year. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to keep up with Brian and another friend, TC, who just ran the Hook Half Marathon in under two hours.

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