TBH just sounds like hte affects of a long run. Ive never done a long run and not had some sort of pain or issue, day or so rest cures it. Im doing the VLM too and have done similar lsr like you and ecah time ive had knee pain, also ive had groin strains too, maybe just a result of the traiing being stepped up, we are doing a lot of miles remember.
Katy, when I think back to the first few long runs I did, I am pretty sure I was aching, tired, fed up ...... and there was always something not working quite right the next day. You are training yourself to do these sorts of distances, and the body needs time to adapt. Rest up from the 22miler, and a physio appointment won't hurt. Most likely you have some very tight muscles not funtioning 100% and you are getting a bit imbalanced. The good new is that you have 3 weeks to focus on loosening yourself up as you have now gone past the peak training load.
My knee starting playing up in exactly the same spot whilst training for a recent marathon. I ran through the pain for the last few weeks of training and then completed it with the aid of painkillers. Big mistake. Has since been diagnosed as a medial meniscus tear. This was just over 2 months ago and I haven't ran since. I don't wish to scaremonger, but I'm paying for not stopping, and wish I'd heeded some advice I once read - a few days or even weeks off now you won't remember, but a serious problem causing months out and endless rehab you will. Good luck, hope it turns out to be nothing more than needing to back off a bit.
Katy - symptons started as slight pain in knee after a run one day, which I could run through as it wasn't that much. More I ran though the more painful it got, just inside the knee cap to the left side of right knee. It has never swelled but does burn inside. At one point I couldn't put my foot down and running downhill made it much worse, hence initial diagnosis was ITB. After weeks of trying to 'lengthen' the ITB with massage, roller and stretches, physio decided to request MRI. That's when tear and prepatellar bursitis were discovered. The marathon was horrible, the pain was intense from mile 18 or so and I really should have stopped! No doubt I've made it much worse and am now paying the price.
I think you have discovered why the vast majority of runners don't really train for marathons. Too risky.
Once we've knackered ourselves out a few times preparing for the distance the common solution is to train normally but just once in a while run a really long way.
totally in the same boat and now worrying!!!!Last long run yesterday and after 17 miles my glute pain resulted in chronic knee pain! Have iced and using ibuprofen.......but pain walking .... and i think the roller made it worse! Katy, how is the knee now????! Have been on sofa all day..praying its all ok for 21st......
Hello fellow marathon runners/crazy people
I'm doing my first marathon at vlm in a couple weeks and am in the same boat as you all. I'm resting and icing and took a week or so off and managed to do 11 miles yesterday with relatively little discomfort, although am a little sore today. That's it for me in terms of long runs though - as you have all said, the hard work has been done and as much as I hate not running, need to focus on the long game!
I'm havign physio and am thinking of trying acupuncture this week - has anyone done that? One other thing I'm considering is a knee support/brace or taping the knee for the day - again, has anyone tried this before and have any recommendations on which one?
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