7-Day [not] Running Challenge

In my post yesterday, I rambled for quite a while about running. Basically, I like to run a lot. I’ve been watching a lot of running documentaries as of late, and they’re all super inspiring…but I’ve also had some knee problems the past week and a half-ish. I work for the Chicago Area Runners Association now, and I went for a short run this morning (just six miles – a very easy/short run, compared to my 8-10 mile average,) I got back to my apartment feeling pretty good. Until about 45 minutes after returning, the searing pain in my knee came back, and I found that I couldn’t even stand up without crying out in pain. I was worried I’d wake up my roommates! So I took more pain killers, manned up, and made it to work. During some downtime this morning, I started talking to the training manager about my issues, and both she and my boss sent me to NovaCare, the rehab/physical therapy clinic that partners with CARA, and have a location just down the street.

My thoughts were confirmed – I do indeed have the common patella femoral pain syndrome – and I was told I’m not allowed to run until I can walk without limping for a day. I also have to hit up a doctor next week so I can make sure there’s nothing else going on in there. Probably a good idea, but that means I won’t be able to run for quite awhile. And that’s no good, because I have my fourth half marathon coming up, and how badly I want to PR has been tearing me apart with the urge to train the right way since I registered.

So I’ve come up with a plan. No matter what happens with this doctor, I’m going to take SEVEN days off from running. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to exercise, (are you CrAzY?) But I am going to eat the best and smartest I can, and figure out some good ways to get my cardio in, while doing the physical therapy that I know will help me rehabilitate and get back on the trail soon.

But since I’m terrible at taking time off, (I absolutely hate rest days, I only had a few in the past four races I’ve trained for,) I decided to utilize my blog once again for a running-related thing. I’m going to [try] and post every day of this ‘running cleanse,’ just to be sure I’m staying true to the necessary time I need to recover, and help me put my best feet/knees/hips/self forward on race day. Expect to see meals I eat, hear about the training techniques I’m trying, maybe the documentaries I’ve watched through this gym time/music I’m listening to, and probably some other general ramblings and frustrations that are going to come with not running for seven mornings.

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Author: erikabunk

Raised in Northern Minnesota. BA in Radio/Business & Entrepreneurship, but right now just talking too much about running shoes and a Masters Student at DePaul (Journalism). Training for the marathon with various podcasts. Spends too much time on Spotify, in search of the best record store in the world, and dreams of returning to Reykjavík.

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