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february runs and wonky knees

I ended up running 64 miles in February.  I had hoped to run 5 miles in February and I did, twice!  I also started adding in some Jillian Michaels’ workout videos a couple times a week, in addition to running.  Except now my knees are all wonky and I’m looking at a good couple days of no-running-no-activity-rest-days.  Boo.

So last week on Wednesday I did the 3-2-1 treadmill workout and later my knees felt a little sore but I figured it was from doing Jillian the day before because Jillian always leaves me pretty sore.  On Friday I was ready to run again and I wasn’t sure what to do so I thought I would do the 3-2-1 workout again.  I had really liked how it crammed in some miles and some speed but kept things changing.  After Friday’s run I noticed my knees felt sore again… and by Friday afternoon I was hobbling around.  Both my knees but especially my right were aching and sore, slightly tender to the touch along the outside, and felt really weak, like my stabilizing muscles were too fatigued or stressed to hold correctly.

Today my knees are better and seem to be improving as the day wears on.  At first I thought it might be my IT band, because of the pain on the outside of my knee, but now I’m thinking I just did too much and it’s just general overuse and fatigued muscles.  To be honest, I’ve never had to watch my running very closely because I’ve never had an issue with injury.  I’ve run what I’ve wanted, when I’ve wanted.  If it’s a big increase in mileage it hasn’t seemed to bother me.  If I’ve pushed it super hard one week at the most I’ve only noticed tired legs, but never twinges of injury.  So to have my knees flare up like this really took me back and surprised me!  I’m definitely going to give them complete rest until they feel better and then I’ll very slowly ease in to running to make sure they’re handling it okay.  My best guess, right now, is that I just did too much at once in a week – too many speed intervals, too many miles, too many Jillian workouts.  I’m hoping with rest and then spacing out hard workouts I’ll skip over any future issues and get back to running strong!

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