First, this morning I did go and have a nice workout with Clay. I warmed up on the bike. Then I made a house shape, with a chimney on the stair master. That is, I made it go faster and fast till I maxed it out, then I stepped it down. But, when it was almost back to the starting level – 8, I surged it back to the top for a couple of cycles. A minute or so is all I could do at max. Clay says he did 20 minutes at max after I left….. wow….
We also did some of the usual band walks, val slides, ski erg. pulling each other across the parking lot….
I noticed on the val slides just a slight twinge in the left knee so I aided myself with my arms a bit.
I don’t think the knee is a major deal at this point, but because it is the knee and you hear so much about people and their knee problems, I am a little worried. The last couple of weeks it has had good days and bad days. But even on a good day I typically feel it for awhile warming up. Saturday was probably the best it did. Monday it took a little more than half a mile before it felt okay. By 3 or 4 miles it felt fine. Tuesday it took the whole mile warm up on the track, but when I sped up to marathon pace it felt okay…..
All this has me not so excited about running LA…. I wonder if it would be wiser to take some time off and see if it completely goes away. Let’s see…..
- If I were to not run for 2 or 3 weeks, and it were to heal, I would miss the LA Marathon, but I would be in a good position to ramp up for Mountains 2 Beach and for a fun rest of the year of racing.
- If I were to continue my lighter load of running, but not run LA, it may heal – quicker? slower? I don’t know.
- If I run LA as a long easy run, and I do no further damage, it would still be moving toward healing I suppose, and I would be in a real good position to prepare for M2B….. as long as it behaves.
- If I run LA a little faster, I could possibly BQ. I only need a 3:30, which is 8 minutes per mile….
I don’t know…… WHAT TO DO?