I have reluctantly come to the decision that I need to take some time off from running. During the Portland Marathon I irritated my left knee. Walking down stairs was difficult for a few days so I stuck to walking this past week. I also iced and used my foam roller. By Friday I felt no pain while walking and thought it was past me. So Saturday I tried running from the house and was only able to make it 2 miles before I needed to stop and I walked back home. This morning I decided to try again on the trails. We headed out to Wildwood, where I was able to run about 3 miles when I decided to stop before I did more harm. I think I've irritated my ITB, because the pain is on the outside of the knee.
I'm leaving this week on an out of town trip to visit family. So it makes sense to me to take a total break from running until I return. I'll take off from running until I return the following week, which will be about a two week break. Hopefully I'll be able to ease back into running at that time. If not I'll wait until I'm ready.
Its frustrating because I otherwise feel great and ready to go. My usual complaints after a long run or race are non-existent. On the other hand, if I need to take a break this is the best time possible. I don't have any other races on the horizon. And I'll be on vacation when it's hard to keep a schedule anyway.
Hopefully I'll be fully healed by the time November rolls around. I just keep telling myself that I can't make my knee pain-free through wishful thinking and continuing to run on it. I need to take the time to let it heal. Fortunately I don't think its too serious because I can still walk on it without pain at all. The best case scenario is that the two weeks rest will be overkill and I'll be back and ready to go.