Ok first let me share some fun pictures from last weekend....
Our good friends, Joty and Cris Rodriguez (with their son, Aiden), treated us to a lovely Japanese Ramen lunch. We ate at Daikokuya and I tell you, it doesn't get any more authentic than this. Their ramen was superb! Would've been perfect to have on a rainy day, but the sun decided to come out that day even if it was in hiding the rest of the week! Still, it was a fantastic experience. Perfect timing too since I needed to carbo-load for my long run the next day.
I didn't finish this on my own. Shared This ginormous bowl w/ my daughter.
For dessert we had some Strawberry mochi ice cream. I love plain mochi, ice cream mochi, any kind of mochi!!!
Mochi is a traditional food popular in Japanese cuisine, made from specially treated rice. But this one was stuffed with creamy ice cream! Mmmmm....
So that same night I prepared everything I needed for the next morning's long run: 19 miles! I was scared and excited at the same time. I put aside what I was gonna wear, put 6 GU gels in my hydration belt pouch, KT Taped my ankles and feet and wrapped some sport tape around my toes. I slept 2 hours earlier than usual.
Fast forward to the next morning...
Started my run at 7:30am. Everything was a-ok until I hit mile 13. The right side of my knee started to hurt riiiight here...
It's on the side of my right knee. In between the two joints which I think is the patella and the bone on the outer right side of my knee. Sorry not familiar with anatomy! I didn't twist it or anything. I just felt it. Never ever felt pain in my knee area before. =(
When I would take walk breaks, it hurt even more but would disappear whenever I'm running. So I had to forego the whole 5:1 Galloway plan and just ran the whole time until I finished.
And how in the world did I manage to injure myself? Well, I read my calendar wrong! I was just suppose to do 17 miles (27K) today but ended up doing 19 miles (31k) instead which was supposed to be for next week! STOOOOOPID! I was so pissed at myself! I can't afford to get injured 6 weeks prior to THE DAY (my first full marathon)!
I was assured by bloggie friend, Jason, that this seemed like nothing more than pure soreness because of the big mileage jump. I R.I.C.E.-d it and took ibuprofen and it's feeling a little better now. Though I don't know if that's coz of the meds or if I'm actually healing. Hoping for the latter!
Thanks also to Mark for giving advice on treatment and strengthening exercises.
Ugh! I still can't believe what I have done to myself. Though I'm pretty proud and happy that I was able to finish the 19 miles. My farthest distance, so far. =)
I'm scheduled to run 6 miles (10K) tomorrow and 5 miles (8K) on Friday. Both are easy runs. I'm going to listen to my body and see if I can do it. God knows I need to.
Any suggestions to speed up my recovery?