Ever since the Hartford Marathon I’ve been dealing with some mysterious new knee pain and to be honest it’s getting VERY frustrating.
Based on where the pain is it seems as if it could be caused by IT band tightness, but honestly, recent stretching and foam rolling tells me my IT band really isn’t tight.
I’ve been icing, rolling and taping my knee when I run and the pain sort of comes and goes.
But when it comes it’s bad.
After breaking down basically in tears at mile 10 of my 14 mile run this past weekend I am determined to get to the bottom of this. (And yes, I know I should get to a doctor to get it checked out and if I don’t solve it soon, I will!)
A friend has continually suggested that it may be my sneakers, but I didn’t think too much of it since the Asics Cumulus has been in my rotation for a couple of years now.
During my run on Sunday though, the pain which was usually in my right knee mysteriously began to jump back and forth between knees. I thought back and realized I started wearing the new Asics Cumulus model shortly before the Hartford Marathon…when the pain started.
I’ve talked to the manager at my local Marathon Sports and he says there really wasn’t much of a design change in this new model, so it shouldn’t be affecting my gait in any way to be causing pain, but I keep thinking of an article I read on the Runner’s World website about plantar fasciitis that cites very small changes in updated sneaker models for new and mysterious pain popping up (sorry, I can’t find the article to share it, but I’ll keep looking!).
So, I’ve decided to bench my Asics for the time being to see if I can identify them as the culprit.
In the meantime I’ve ordered another pair of the Saucony Triump ISO’s that I’ve really loved the past year (they are currently 40% off because the new model just came out AND I found a code for an addition 20% off that *EXTRA20* – crazy good deal if there are any Saucony runners out there!)
I’ll keep icing, stretching and foam rolling and hopefully this mysterious knee pain will disappear as quickly as it appeared!