Ginger’s Training Log – 7-27-14

Going to keep it short and sweet. I made it three weeks into my second SmartCoach Training Plan and had to bag it for the time being. I’m not exactly sure how this happened but my guess is I hurt my knee when I was watching a dog a few weeks ago and went from 0-60 in 5 seconds on his leash. I am lucky I didn’t fall and get dragged!

If only. Although, that would hurt my business. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m not too down about this mystery pain though. My priorities have been in transition for quite some time now. Initially, I was planning on taking some time off from competitive training but after running a PR, I wanted to extend the positive energy. However, it started to fade this past week. The added knee pain was the icing on the cake. It makes sense, too. My previous training plan was 14 weeks long. Though not intense on the physical front, the focus and commitment required was, especially when life is busy in other areas.

This is how the past week panned out:

Monday: Off. Inner knee hurt all day.

Tuesday: Close to 5 miles. Tried the plan’s tempo but bagged it after one mile. Felt quite sluggy.

Wednesday: Off. Knee felt better.

Thursday: 7 miles. Tried tempo again but went too soon after my lunch so I had many a side stitch and burps. Knee also started to hurt around 4 miles.

Friday: Off to give knee more rest. Did do a light lift.

Saturday: Off. Knee feeling better.

Sunday: 60 minute run (15 in the morning and 45 at night). Also did another lifting session. I could feel my knee on both runs and today (Monday) it hurts.

I’ve never had knee problems so any helpful tips are appreciated! Again though, I am content with the circumstances and enjoying the little break from competitive training.


I write about mindfulness, mental health, and the professional sport of running with the occasional poking fun at the sport. When I am not running, I'm either helping people as a counselor or trying to make them laugh as an amateur open mic comedian.

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  1. Bummer. Sorry you hurt your knee, and hope it gets better soon. Sounds like it’s a traumatic injury, not an overuse injury, which makes it marginally better because if you take the time to let it heal (as you’ve wisely decided to do) it shouldn’t bother you after a week or so. Good luck and kudos to you for the great attitude!