I did not run today. (Gasp!)
Ever since Sunday's 20-miler, the outside of my right knee has been hurting. At first I put it down to post-long run normal aches and pains. But my Tuesday run did not "get the kinks out" like it normally does after a long run. And Wednesday it was still hurting. Today, I travelled to our Platteville plant and spent most of the day standing. Just standing, no walking or squatting or kneeling or sitting like I normally do throughout my day. By late afternoon, I was stiff and my knee ached. It felt swollen. I decided not to run, but went for a walk, hoping to loosen it up a little. It did seem to feel better after a while. On the way back from the walk, I stopped for supper at a restaurant close to the hotel. After sitting and eating for 45 minutes, I got up to leave and it was stiff and painful again.
So I don't know what to think. Since I'm starting my taper, I don't feel guilty taking today off. I think I'm doing the smart thing. I'm sitting in my hotel room icing tonight. I hope this goes away. I will run tomorrow, taking it slow and easy if I have to. Then Saturday is another rest day, and a 12-miler on Sunday.
I've been injury free for over a year and now I only have 2 weeks until my marathon and my knee is threatening to ruin it! This is not fair!