Does the knee hurt all the time or only when running? But whatever, the only real answer is rest; try a week off and then run as far as you can next weekend, as soon as it starts to hurt back off or stop if you can. Ideally you need those long runs... but remember that a marathon is a mind game. If you think that not doing 21 miles is a problem then it will be a BIG problem that will become bigger as the race progresses! Ignoring pain will make it worse and will result in a longer lay off. You can run 26 miles, not being able to follow your training routine to the letter means you may need to be more realistic with your pace. Getting your pace wrong in the first half of the race will destroy your race quicker than missing the odd run. Don't panic! You will be fine!
Stick to shorter runs from now on. It could just be an overuse injury from building up too quickly. You've done a 19 miler, which is enough to get you round on the day. I've done marathons with my longest run being only 16 miles when injury has prevented me from getting in the 2 x 20 milers that my plan required.
Good luck in the marathon I will be there as well for the first time, cant say much on the knee no expert but I have had some IT band issues that has given me some pain on the outside of the knee and found taping helped (rock tape) and using a roller I have no idea how the tape works but it worked for me.
Thanks for letting me (us) know; it is always good to get a bit of feed back!
I also use joint supplements and joint care gel.
Don't do it, sell your ticket and do something else
I know the marathon has come and gone but thought I would give my 2 cents.
The question I would ask is why is this happening? What is the root cause? The pain is happening when you run, but many people run long distances and don't have any problems so to remove this we need to work out what is going on specifically in your body which is causing you these problems.
Remember, pain is the body's way of telling us that something is not right. Often when people have knee pain it's because the person's posture has shifted from natural alignment. Stand in front of the mirror and see if your feet and also your knee caps point straight ahead or do they face in or outwards at an angle.
They should point straight ahead. Them being at an angle is often the cause of knee pain as it means the joint is not opening and closing naturally when running and can strain the surrounding ligaments, muscles and meniscus in the knee.
Muscles determine the position of the bones so it might indicate that there is a slight imbalance in your hip muscles which ultimately position the knee. Or it could even be a problem with how your feet strike the ground, and the chain reaction it has up your leg.
I'm a Postural Alignment Specialist in the Egoscue Method. Its a form of Postural Alignment Therapy which gets your body back to it's natural alignment so it can function pain free.
I'd be more than happy to give you a free half hour postural assessment and tell you what i think is going on with you. No strings attached. If at the end of the assessment i run through my findings and what i suggest and you agree, feel free to book a session with me, and i can run through a series of exercises that i think would help solve the problem and if for any reason after the half hour if you don't fancy it, then no worries either.
You can find out more on my website www.healththroughposture.com
Take care and if you have any questions feel free to ask.
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