I've been getting back into my old running habits. By that I mean planning to do some form of vigorous exercise everyday and then only running 2 days a week. Oh well, I guess it worked for me before. I do want to become faster, so I will need to change that habit in the future.
My knee has recently been bugging me. While I was pregnant (and had a lot of weight and pressure on Everything!), I squatted to pick something up and felt a pop in my knee. Ever since then, that left knee flares up after runs. Thankfully, it never bothers me when running. Just when I start to walk.
I've been seeing a chiropractor who told me that it was tight abductor muscles causing my knee pain. He suggested doing a quick abductor stretch after each running segment before I started walking. Couch to 5k had me doing 8 minute runs with a 5 minute walk on Wednesday. After my 8 minute run segment, I was breathing so hard that I had to walk a little before it felt comfortable to stretch. I did the stretches and my knee pain was greatly reduced. However, something else popped up. During the walk break, I became painfully aware of how tight my hamstrings were. I wonder if the hamstrings caused the abductors to tighten which in turn caused the knee pain. Is that possible? Tight abductors ( muscles on the inside of your thigh btw) seem to be a really odd running problem. Probably requires a little further investigation on my part.
I've been procrastinating on doing the next couch to 5k workout. The program wants me to run 20 minutes non-stop! That's an awfully big jump from 8 minutes of running! I'm scared, which I ridiculous because I've run marathons before. Logical reasoning isn't working here though. However, my husband would probably argue that if I was using logical reasoning, I wouldn't be running in the first place. I think every runner has a little touch of insanity though. It's what makes us interesting.