The marathon is only 60 days away. It is certainly approaching quickly, but it still seems early for the barrage of mini-injuries that seem to creep up as races get nearer.
Since yesterday, I have been dealing with this twinge-y knee pain behind my right knee. I ran some intervals yesterday, and I had no pain while running. But I could definitely feel it for the rest of the day. Today, I ran an easy 4 miler. Again, no pain while running, but I’ve dealt with it since then. I’ve iced twice this evening and I’ll probably do it again in the morning before I get my run in.
This is the second knee issue I’ve had in the past couple weeks. During my 18-miler a few weeks ago, my left knee started hurting during the last three or four miles. I think that was a fluke, because I haven’t had to deal with it since.
I’m hoping that this current knee issue is minor and goes away quickly. I’m going to see how it feels tomorrow before I decide what type of workout to do. If the knee is still tender in the morning, I’ll probably just do an easy 4 miles. If it feels better, I might do the middle two miles a bit faster. Either way, I’ll be icing after the run. Friday is a planned day off.
Even though the race is still two months away, I feel like I am getting close to the end of my long training runs. This weekend, I am ‘only’ running 12 miles. For this training plan, I have spread my long runs out a bit. Instead of doing a long run every weekend, I’m doing them every other weekend. The plan was designed to give my body a bit more rest. So, my next long run will be another 20 miler next weekend. For my first marathon, I did one 20 miler and one 22 miler. This time I’m doing two 20 milers and a 22 miler. So, after my next 20 miler next weekend, I’ll do an 8 miler then a 22 miler. I think the 22 miler is really important to my psychological training.
It seems weird that I only have two long runs left before the taper. Race day is getting closer!