Just like the red zone in football (the space between the 20 yard line and goal) I am now considering myself in the “red zone” of marathon training. Less than 4 weeks to go until the Philly Marathon and it’s taper time. Is it technically taper time for someone who has been injured for the last 4 weeks (since September 25th) and haven’t ran a long run since September 23rd?
I have been to the sports medicine doc twice in the last 3 weeks and finally decided to get a cortisone shot this past Monday. With the marathon creeping up, it was my last resort besides dropping out of the race completely. It hasn’t seemed to “kick in” yet and I am hoping it starts working soon JUST so I can get through the last 3 weeks and the 26.2 miles I so ambitiously signed up for on November 18th. After that, I PROMISE to lay off my knee and rest. But, that is what I have been doing for the last 2 and a half weeks anyway. I ran ONCE since October 10th. No bueno.
I am seriously beyond terrified that 1) my knee won’t heal up by marathon day and 2) I won’t be able to run the marathon at all.
For all of you that are going to give me a hard time for resorting to a cortisone shot, I really didn’t know what else to do. I am THIS close to my first full marathon and I have been preparing and training for it so hard. The shot was my LAST resort before just dropping out. And just so you think I am not taking the easy way out, I have also been icing 2-3 times a day, stretching, foam rolling, and I signed up for PT. It starts next week and I am hoping the stretching, massaging, ultrasounding they do will help relieve some pain for my knee just so I can get through the marathon.
And for those of you who need proof…
Anyone have issues with their IT bands AND runner’s knee? Suggestions?
Has anyone had a cortisone shot? Results?