I finally made myself go back to the sports medicine doctor.
Syndrome: Pissy knee, perfectly matched with this pissy runner's mood. (See weather comment above.) Pain inside the right knee that used to happen after a run but now develops during a run and lingers for a long time afterward, despite icing and tiger balm.
Diagnosis: Runner's knee. In other words, your garden-variety runner injury.
Why? Weak glutes/core.
Wait a minute, this sounds familiar. God, will I ever learn.
So what, it's February. Upcoming races include a 25k trail in late March (please winter, go the eff away), a 10K probably at the end of April and a half in March (Green Bay?)
Plenty of time to get everything strong for warmer running. :-)
|Goal in March: 20 mountain climbers each day. Good for overall strength and core.|
Recently I hit my neighborhood running store, armed with a Christmas gift card from my husband.
And I learned something.
Through years of winter running, I apparently was not using the best winter gear.
I usually wear this old tech-fabric turtleneck, a C9 fleece from Target and a windbreaker, with running tights, hat, neck protection of some kind and gloves.
The saleswoman told me my base layer was probably not the greatest. Yeah, she's a saleswoman. But I'm sweaty and cold after most runs, which sucks.
She introduced me to Icebreaker, which is a really thin, wool material. The price was high, and wool is usually not friendly to my skin.
But a good end-of-winter sale helped nudge my purchase of two pieces, a half zip and a long-sleeve fitted shirt.
I wore one of my pieces under clothes the other day. I was totally toasty! Awesome.
Can't wait to try one of them on my run tomorrow. Maybe it will distract from my knee.