Thanks Everyone — For all the advise and tips regarding core strengthening and knee and leg problems. Thank goodness Saturday I did my last long slow walk, covering 20 miles in 6 hours.
I was breathing fairly well , but once again was plagued with leg and knee pain from mile 8 which really slowed me down. Next week I have a 12 miler followed by a 10 miler the week after that. Then it’s two weeks of NO WALKING (over 4 miles) before the race. Knee Problems — After doing my 20 miler, my left leg and knee was killing me . I could barely walk without a limp. Immediately after that walk, a good friend ( and a USA Track& Field coach) was kind enough to examine it for me. He thinks it’s a pronation or muscle imbalance problem.
It appears to have something to do with the way I’m landing on that foot. I seem to be landing on the outer edge instead of directly on the center of the heel, which in turn, is putting too much stress on the muscles that allow you to turn your foot downward and side to side. I’ve never had this problem before. The only thing that I’ve doing a little different lately, is that I’ve been incorporating more and more racewalking form into my longer walks. Maybe that’s culprit? I have to have Dave Mc Govern analyze my gait to see what Im doing wrong. Ironically it’s my painful leg ( my left leg) that has good form on video ( the knee stays locked through the landing phase). It’s right leg that I have bad form on ( knees bending prematurely) , but I have no pain in that leg!! … weird
My biggest concern now, is whether or not I should I continue on with my marathon plans? The Portland marathon is less than 4 weeks away. Will I make things worse by walking 26 miles on it? I can tolerate the pain, I just don’t want to cause permanent damage
Last year it was calf cramps, this year its knee problems. What will it be next year?
College Football Frenzy Am I the only person on the planet who is not a College football fanatic?