So I havent run in over a week and have been itching to run. I really hadnt had any pain in my knee the last few days. So today was the day to get back to running. I was supposed to get up at 500AM to go to the gym before work. Unfortunately, I didnt sleep well so at 3AM as I was rolling in bed I decided to reset my alarm. I knew I would be out of work early so I could run and swim this afternoon.
So I went to the gym and jumped on the dreadmill. I planned on seeing how I felt and doing about 30-40 min at an easy pace. It felt decent. A few time i had a little bit of discomfort. I noticed if I adjusted my posture so I was standing up straight and just slightly picked up my cadence that my knee didnt hurt at all. So i ended up doing 4 Miles at just over a 9 minute pace.
So that was all good.I changed my clothes and hopped into the pool. I planned on doing my long base swim. As soon as I started swimming, I knew it wasnt going to be a great swim. my shoulders were sore and tired from Monday's hard sprints. So I took it easy and it was a little slower then i would've liked. I made it through it, but there were several times I thought about stopping. I had to talk myself through it. I was glad to get it done. During the cooldown, I did some breastsroke and boy did that bother me. My hamstrings and calves cramped up and I had some bad pain in my knee. Since I got home, any time I bend down at my knee, it hurts. So I am home right now Icing my knee. I am going to take tommorow off. I may even take off until my race on monday. I know I can race fast even with this knee pain if I need to.
Once I make it through Monday, I need to start figuring out what I am going to do. I am currently doing an olympic plan with added workouts through mid June. I am in the build phase of Oly and the Base phas of 70.3 . I am thinking about switching all over to 70.3 base, except maybe for my swimming. This may cut the intensity of my training back some. I figure I need to be back to 100% by mid June if I am going to pull off the 70.3 in September. I have a business trip in mid june. Worst case scenario, if I take it easy till I get back from that, I will have a month to rebuild any losses for my Oly in july and about 15 weeks till the SC 1/2. My only goal for the Oly is to complete it and have a good time. it will mainly be a warmup and trial and error for my 70.3 in Sept.
In the meantime I am going to continue icing/NSAID/stretching/foam rolling on a daily basis. If my knee still hurts next week, I will head out to see a sports med doc. I know I also need to plan on getting re-fitted on my bike sometime soon.
In other news, we were lucky enough to get our hands on the new Wii Fit system. While I was icing my knee, Cathy hopped on it to test it out. It seems pretty cool. It has a few functions that may actually help my running. There are various balance exercises that are supposed to help balance and posture. I hopped onto it for a few minutes and found out i tend to lean to the right and probably put too much weight on my heels. It also has a yoga function which I will definitely test out.