Oooph. Gaahaa. Mmmmjesuaaaa.
I’m pretty sure those were a few of the things that have come out of my mouth over the past few days. I call them “old ladyisms.” You see, as my first marathon is getting closer, my runs are getting longer. And my knees. Are. Feeling. It.
Sitting down is rough. Standing up is rough. Stairs? Don’t even think about it. After my 18 mile run, my knees were tender for about 24 hours. After that, a.ok. Back to normal. The 19 miler was a different story.
Last friday, I made the mistake of incorporating too many leg moves into my Sweat with the Suits workout. When you do the Sweat with the Suits workout, you end up doing 105 reps of each move. I did jump squats and lunges (both right leg and left leg). For those that don’t feel like doing the math (it’s ok, math isn’t fun past the stage when you get to use skittles as your calculator) that’s 315 leg moves. And 315 leg moves equals? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? 315 leg moves = ouchies. My quads and gluts
were are still screaming at me.
A lot of you fit and focused readers may also know that when a workout makes you really sore, 2 days after is always the worst. What’s two days after Friday? Sunday! What’s Sunday? Long run day! Instead of resting my incredibly sore legs, I decided to take that day two soreness and tack a 19 mile run onto it. The result? Soreous Maximus.
When I sit. Oooph. When I stand up. Gaahaa. When I approach a set of stairs. Mmmmjesuaaaa. I imagine this is what it will be like when I’m old. I’ll need to leverage my weight to stand up. I’ll need to ease down into a seated position. I’ll need both the railing and a cane to go up and down stairs. When I finally am able to take more that 3 consistent (and uber slow) steps, my body will be in the shape of an L. All the while, my vocabulary will consist solely of old ladyisms. But hey, if 60+ years from now simple movements are rough
I’ll be disappointed that future me hasn’t found the fountain of youth at least I’ll be able to say, “Whelp, at least I got to run while I still could!” (which will most likely sound like, “Whaa, laaraaooph!”)
Moral of the story is, don’t do an insane leg workout 2 days before a long run. And after long runs, have ice readily available. Lots and lots of ice. And maybe stop stop making such strange noises.
How do you cope with runner’s knee pain?