So I ran my last half marathon of the season on Saturday last. I wasn’t feeling it to be honest going into it. I knew I was going to have some knee issues based on ITBS issues I’m having.
With my knee roofied into compliance
Around mile 3 my left knee said “Eff this fecal matter, I’m going home.” I persuaded it with some ibuprofin to keep going a little longer.
At this point I was fairly ahead of the pace group I’d targeted to try to at least match so I kept trying to keep my pace up to keep ahead of them.
At mile 6 my left knee said, “No seriously dude, I’m packing up and going home.” I distracted it as my pace group finally caught up to me and it was a fairly scenic view as they moved ahead of me. I don’t really understand it but I appreciate that there’s usually a 2-1 or 3-1 females to males in races. While it was distracted I slipped in half a Percocet (a prescription acetaminophen and oxycodone) to shut my knee up.
With my knee roofied into compliance I made it to around mile 9-10trailing my pace group and then my running partner called to chat me up on the run and at the same time my knee woke up and was very not happy at having been drugged so between the two of them they convinced me to walk a bit which let my pace group get out of sight.
I started running again, my running partner hung up to go watch her kids do ballet and in digging out a salt tab I found the other half of my percocet which I’d thought I’d left at home. But my subconscious was looking out for me.
With my knee muted to a dull roar again I picked up the pace and managed to finish the race. I cut almost 2 minutes off my last (first) half marathon 3 weeks ago in spite of my knee, in spite of having to walk a bit. So go me.
But I’m seriously paying for it. Around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning my knee threw off the shackles of the drugs and hit me like a hammer. It probably took me 5 minutes to cover the 12 feet to my bathroom using the foot board of the bed and the wall for assistance.
Even with the oxy Sunday through to Monday was rough. Really rough.
Was it worth it? Debatable. Should I have, knowing my knee was iffy, dropped down to the 5K? Debatable.
Would I do it again? Debatable. Barring Mr. Peabody showing up, we’ll never know.
I’m taking the next two weeks off all running and will be doing ITB strength training focused excercises along with some other more general strength training. That’s a lot of clamshells, resistance band side steps, weighted squats and bridges.