Week 15 – To Rest or Run?

My knee issue has changed the game for me, where early on I was crushing my runs and relishing hard runs to push my body to new limits. After 14 weeks of a marathon program and about a month  to go for the marathon I am at a crossroad in my training – to rest or to run through the pain.

It’s pretty telling that I am writing my running journal entry for the week on a Thursday when it should be done on Sunday as a precursor to the week’s activities. The reason – well I was pretty much in limbo. My knee issue has changed the game for me, where early on I was crushing my runs and relishing hard runs to push my body to new limits. Now I am dreading runs because of the pain in my right knee and also the post run stiffness and immobility. Last week’s program consisted of three runs only: 9km, 6km & 21km long. I managed to finished all runs except for the long run. I decided to join my running club (thinking that the camaraderie of a group run  could lift me) for a long run, the group was actually doing a shorter run than required (12km)  and mostly on trails with pretty serious climbing. I managed the run as well as could be hoped but only ended up doing about ~16km (my gps watch died after 12km).

After 14 weeks of a marathon program and about a month  to go for the marathon I am at a crossroad in my training – to rest or to run through the pain. Will resting hurt my performance, recall that qualifying time for Two Oceans is 5 hours. But if I run through the pain will I do more damage and completely wreck my chances of qualification. I have decided to evaluate my knee one run at a time and not stick my program religiously. in other words, the listen to my body and actually listening to it. Here is what this week’s training looks like:

Week 15 (12 December – 18 December 2016)

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Recovery 8km

Thursday: Recovery 10km (with the running club)

Friday: Speed 6 x 1200m

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Speed 11 x 800m


Yesterday I did the 8km recovery run and stuck to my plan of doing a self analysis of how I was running and how the knee & hip was feeling. Starting out it was feeling tender but after a few km’s I started feeling better. The last 3km I was flying and felt amazing, its this feeling that keeps me coming back for more and revitalized my outlook. Additionally, when I woke up this morning my right leg was not as stiff as it had been after previous runs. This encourages me to keep going on with this week’s running program.

As far as races are concerned, the next race on my radar is the Tokai Manor House 16km race. This race takes place on boxing day (26 December 2016) which could be an issue because of family/holiday commitments, I am not sure if I will be available for this race. The other one is the Nutribullet Bay-to-Bay 30km race, the concern here is that it is only 2 weeks before Red Hill Marathon.

Anyway, race well everyone.

-theCapeRunner

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