The good news is that I seem to be doing everything right in terms of treating my knee injury. The bad news is that I seem to actually have an injury. I had hoped the pain was just soreness caused by a couple of longer than average runs this week but I obviously aggravated the tendons around my knee. Most of Friday’s run happened on dirt trails and I would have expected that surface to cushion the pounding but the previous day we’d hiked a good distance and the day before that I spent 35 minutes on the elliptical using its highest setting. I’m a little nervous that I won’t sufficiently recover for the LI half marathon that takes place one week from today.
I’m resting today and if my knee doesn’t feel perfect on Monday I’ll rest again tomorrow. If my recovery requires a hiatus from all workouts between now and next Sunday I’m prepared to do that. Besides, at this point I don’t think additional short distance running will build any more conditioning. On race week a taper helps maintain fitness and rest is already part of that strategy. I’ve been practicing RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation and I’m definitely noticing some improvement. I’ll continue to follow that process and hope for the best.