Monday, September 22, 2008

Beach 2 Battleship Part 2

Last Wednesday was my first training run.  It was a nice 73 degree day and I was supposed to run a "comfortable" 7.  Well I ran 7 and walked an additional mile.  The time I was running I noticed the "clicking" in my left knee but no soreness.  When I walked the final 8th mile I noticed more clicking and soreness behind the kneecap.  It wasn't so bad that I had to stop, but noticed I was nursing the left leg and my gait was changing at bit.  My running aficionado BP said this,  "I'd suggest getting the knee band ASAP.  Why wait?  In a past season, when I
felt pain on the outside of my knee cap, I purchased a knee band and it
worked magically.  I was amazed.  Also, I'm sure that you know Runner's Knee
is a symptom of tight IT bands.  Find a foam roller near your stability ball
in the gym and roll that tight ITB over it.  Also, make sure that you're
icing the outside of the knee after every run.  Freeze a Dixie cup filled
with water, tear off the paper on top and then rub it on the knee.
I'd suggest that you do tempo runs versus intervals.  Your goal is to run
13.1 miles relatively fast.  Intervals will help you build speed but tempo
runs will help you run fairly fast for a long time, which is what the race
is about."

Went out yesterday and bought the "TruFit" knee strap.  I'll run a comfortable 8 on Wednesday and I'm stretching a lot after I run and teach spin.  I can tell the stretching is helping and I hope this knee strap helps with the tracking.  I'll need to make sure I coordinate my running outfit with this black strap, but then again everything goes with black. :)


5 comments:

Eric said...

Your knee is going to be find. Great job on your training. Keep up the good work and have a great week

deena kastor said...

Shannon -

The entire distance running community is enlightened by your blog. I wish I had a strap like that for my foot in Beijing. You may want to shave your legs before the next time you pose for a picture with your knee strap on for your blog.

Deena

Shannon said...

Thanks for the tip on the leg shaving Deena!

Chris said...

You know, as stupid as this is gonna sound I have really wondered the best way to explain the purpose of tempo run training v/s intervals,etc (I know ....duh) but your explanation was perfect.

"I'd suggest that you do tempo runs versus intervals. Your goal is to run 13.1 miles relatively fast. Intervals will help you build speed but tempo runs will help you run fairly fast for a long time, which is what the race
is about."

Maybe I just never asked the right questions to my coach. :-) great post!

Anonymous said...

"Maybe I just never asked the right questions to my coach. :-) great post!"

No, dude. Shannon just has a much smarter coach.