Keeps the knee pain away…? Ok, well maybe not an ice bath every day, but definitely after the long runs 🙂
Today’s training run actually wasn’t that long because of my knee (same old, same old). If my knee was healthy, I’d definitely be doing a 16 miler today. But after last week’s 14 mile run, my knee hurt…and it has been bothering me all week. I think it’s because it’s because I ran down hills last week and that seems to be a no go (I’ve read that running down hills can put up to 8 or 10 times your body weight of force on your knees). I’m going in to PT tomorrow so I’m going to ask my therapist about this. I have been strengthening my glutes and hips but I don’t think that will be enough to protect my knee joint when I run down hills. I’ll be sure to let y’all know what he says…
So today’s run: 10 miles on the treadmill so I didn’t have to worry about running down hills and putting more stress on my knee.
I actually didn’t take my GU (Jet Blackberry…my fave!!!!!) but I brought it just in case I ran farther. All in all, my knee didn’t hurt the whole run so I decided not to push it and stop at 10 miles. Because I knew I’d have a shorter taper run this week, I decided to push it faster. And faster I ran! The last 4 miles I ran at a 8:15 pace (this is a big thing for me…usually I train at a 9:30 pace).
And after the run? An ice bath, of course
I am a total baby when it comes to taking ice baths. My feet and “lady parts” get so cold so I can only stay in a for a few minutes. Today I remedied that. I wore my smart wool socks and kept my running tights on. I also put on a sweatshirt and sipped some hot tea. Made a huge difference! I was able to stay in for a good amount of time and really ice my knees
After the bath it was time to eat. I didn’t want to leave again to get something so I just made what I had: Lean Cuisine mixed with extra whole grain pasta that I had and some mashed squash on the side (sooooooo good!!!!!!!!).
I also unloaded some stuff I bought from Target earlier in the day. You know the old adage, you can’t go to Target without buying tons of stuff. Yes that was true for me today, but I also got a lot of good items that I’ll actually use: Body by Bethany Yoga DVD (I need to do more yoga!), yoga mat, 2 for 1 Bumble & Bumble creme de Coco shampoo and conditioner (now I have 2 of each!), and some bobby pins. Sophie had to check out the swag too