**I thought I posted this last week, so I’m happy to re-post it today and see what you all think. I’m still having a bit of discomfort
Tuesday(July 3rd)- 5 miles another slower easy run, 4 mile hike up Bell Canyon
Wednesday(July 4th)- 1 mile<—yes you read that right
Tuesday was a busy day/night. I love busy days, but Tuesday I didn’t get home until 11pm and I was beat! I went on a beautiful hike with a bunch of young women from my neighborhood/church. It was 96* outside but on the way back down it was a perfect 80*. We made it to a beautiful lake and some of the girls decided to jump in, they’re so fun!
Wednesday I woke up so tired and not feeling any kind of workout. I told myself, “Just run 1 mile and if you want to stop you can.” I thought for sure once I started I would want to keep going. Nope, so I stretched, but then just ended up sitting on my foam roller looking at Facebook. Ha
Pain VS Discomfort
As a runner I think it’s very important to know the difference between pain and discomfort. When you first start getting into any new workout you usually experience a lot of discomfort. The next day you may even be really sore. That is all normal.
It’s not, however, normal to be in pain. This article has a great list of the stages of injury and how to treat an injury. This article from Runner’s World is really awesome because it goes through all the specific areas you could get an injury and what you should do for that specific injury. The particular area I’m interested in:
So why am I talking about this? Well, surprise surprise, I have a dull achy pain on the outsides of my knee to under the knee cap. It started on one leg and now my other leg hurts. I’m not sure what I’m doing differently with my workouts, but it’s been a good 1.5 weeks of pain not just discomfort. * Right in between my thumb and finger in the below pic.
When I’m sitting it will sort of throb and when I’m running or walking I feel like it’ll crap out. If I’m sitting and my legs are not able to fully stretch(like in a car) they cramp up. Massage hurts the area, it doesn’t feel like a sore muscle. I’m bummed and was hoping it would go away. I’m going to be RICEing my legs and see if that helps.
Any advice? Anyone know what this could be?