I'm training for my first half-marathon, and as luck would have it, now sitting only two weeks out i am having some problems with my knee. Specifically, the back of my knee...feels like the tendons...is extremely sore and has kept me from running higher miles (or, sometimes, from running at all) for the last three weeks. It all started on a twelve mile day, but I ramped up pretty gradually, etc. Anyway, not sure what the problem is or what to do. Should I just cross-train for the next two weeks and try to gut-out the race? Any suggestions?
I'm never a fan of trying to "gut out" a race when you know you're entering it injured. The pain behind your knee may be related to muscle flexibility issues, strength issues, biomechanical issues or even training errors. You'll need to ferret out the underlying causes because if all you do is "rest" and then return to running, you may not have adressed the underlying cause and you'll just get injured again. Flexibility in calves and hamstrings is important, lateral hip strength, and using the right shoes for your gait pattern can also play a role. Don't run the risk of making your injury worse by trying to run the race. Janet