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Seemed like I was taking it nice and easy. Careful. Slow build up. No speed. That week I got sick I laid off and the next week repeated the previous week's plan instead of jumping into it where I would have been Smart, right? Sort of hoped I was putting some of the lessons I've learned into action.

It's been a decent winter so far. Just a couple of snows and regular thaws. The coldest weather didn't have much snow to go with it. February has been snowier, but not as cold.

Two weeks ago, I started feeling some discomfort on the back side of my knee after sitting at my desk. It went away after walking a few steps, and didn't bother me when running. And it was getting better. That was a 5 mile per day week.

Donated blood last Monday. Being smart again (so I thought), in addition to taking Monday off, I decided to stay at 5 miles instead of bumping up to six until Saturday. And it snowed on Monday, another good reason for an extra day off.

So Tuesday and Wednesday I ran 5 miles each, on the expected variable footing of sidewalks in suburbia after a snowfall. Most of it fine, some of it with a little and some a lot of snow. Some of that snow with some amount of foot tracks. Normal winter running.

After Wednesday's run there was some pain on the inside of my left knee added to the back of the knee thing (that was still getting better). Hurt so much that I took Thursday off. Big snow on Friday, which would have been fun to run a few miles through, but the knee still hurt, so I stayed in. Still snowing today on top of the 7 inches we got yesterday. Two runs this week.

I've never thought of myself as a particularly fragile runner. I stopped playing basketball when I was 45 because I began to notice a pattern of injury that interfered with my running. That kept me injury free for a good while. One of the things I've tried to learn about training for marathons is where the line between conditioning and injury lies. It's a fuzzy and moving line, making it tough to know when to push and when to back off.

This doesn't seem like a serious or long term problem. I'm hoping the days off I'm taking for the snow will take care of it. My guess is that the poor footing over the assorted areas with snow, loose and uneven with varying amounts of footprints and the like, added stress to the mileage increase I've been doing since the new year. Try again on Monday.

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Sounds like you're playing it smart. Never had a back of the knee thing & struggling to think of what it could be. Hopefully it dissipates quickly.

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RICE is always a good plan of attack. Also goes good with black beans. And sushi. And now I'm starving again...

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Snow is fun to run in until it's not. Kinda like sand without the waves.

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Winter running is more of a challenge some years than others.  You're getting more than your fair share of the lousy footing to run in this year.  I hope your knee is improving.

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The snow sounds like a good thing to blame to me. In the rare cases that I run in it I always have a hard time. 

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The hamstring is connected to the back of the knee. I was told swelling at the back of the knee can be due to an injury elsewhere. The fluid from the injury/swelling goes to where there is room such as at the back of the knee. Hope it's getting better. I'm personally over this whole injury thing.

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3 hours ago, ocrunnergirl said:

The hamstring is connected to the back of the knee. I was told swelling at the back of the knee can be due to an injury elsewhere. The fluid from the injury/swelling goes to where there is room such as at the back of the knee. Hope it's getting better. I'm personally over this whole injury thing.

And this is not the same leg that Gwen was all crying about at Rehoboth. I'm just falling apart everywhere! Wah!

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