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Adjusting Runs Due to Injury Week of Marathon

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    I have been training for a marathon for the past couple of months and am in my last week of training. Unfortunately, I’m experiencing some knee pain (likely runner’s knee) when I run and I’m afraid of making it worse before my marathon this weekend. I started experiencing symptoms on Nov. 22 and immediately began icing (3-4 times a day) and rolling at least once a day. I tried to run two days after it started and it was pretty painful so I stopped. I ran 6 miles yesterday in mid-to-low Z2 and still felt some pain (not as much as before). I’m trying to figure out if I should skip running this week so as not to injure it more or if I should still be running some so I don’t lose fitness. Any suggestions? I want to go into Saturday feeling as fit as I can and having as little pain as possible.

    Matt Fitzgerald

    Sorry to hear about your knee pain. What cross-training options do you have? If I were in your shoes I would be training as normal except doing bike rides, elliptical runs, and uphill treadmill walks instead of runners. With cross-training, injured runners don’t have to choose between staying fit and healing.


    I have access to ellipticals and stationary bikes, so I could cross-train on those. I will try that out tomorrow and see how it feels on my knee. Thank you for the advice!

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