I've been seeing a physical therapist about my left knee since January- I'm a little uncertain about what exactly is the problem, but it's something about inflammation and fluid in the tendon and the kneecap not tracking properly. In any case, it's still painful to run, but I'd like to participate in the Rock N Roll half marathon at the end of August. Is there any way to still train for the half marathon without further aggravating my knee?
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half marathon training with a bad knee?(5 posts)
There is still a lot of time between now an August. I think you should talk to your PT about this. Hopefully they know something about running and can give you more guidance related to your specific case.
But certainly one thing to do is to slow down in your training (maybe substitute cycling for running to keep your cardio up, but reduce the impact). Once you've recovered you can ramp up again to prepare for your half marathon.
Check out our training plans and count backward from your race to get a sense for when you really need to start training again.
Remember, you've got plenty of time... so get healthy, and then train!
I'd get your knee heeled and then think about how to prepare for the half marathon. As Brad says, there is more than enough time.
Give the physical therapy a chance to work. Also, check out my blog and read some of the posts about patellofemoral pain... there are a bunch of things to consider.
I agree that you need to make sure that your knee is heeled.
PT may take some time. Be patient and it will pay off.
Your injury sounds like what many runners eventually deal with. My advice is what has been given to me many times, REST. Overtraining will only make it worse. It's difficult to completely stop running for a period of time, but it's really the only way to get better. Aside from that, you have to go back to the fundamentals of training and evaluate your shoes, determine if you need insoles/orthotics, and modify your program. Once you get back to running, make sure to focus on the pre and post workout regimens (RICE and physical therapy/conditioning exercises, possibly taking NSAIDs to reduce the pain and swelling).
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