Running Injuries

I had to withdraw from the Eugene Marathon. Over the past year and a half, I’ve been battling an ache in my knee. Now, I’m no newbie to running injuries – I’ve definitely had my fair share. I knew what it was from the moment I felt it and I knew what I had to do – cut back on running. Despite that, I trained through several marathons and kept on running because what can I say, marathon running is pretty addictive. But the pain never went away so I finally decided to suck it up and start physical therapy again.

I had aggravated a nerve and the pain started to get a bit worse. I knew that I had to stop training and that a spring marathon was not a smart idea. I didn’t want to stop training but most of all, I didn’t want to stop running. By cutting back on my running, I had the best chances of still being able to run and also fix the problem. As runners, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to listen to our bodies. I’m sure you have heard that before but it’s the truth. If you feel pain, your body is trying to tell you something.

There will always be more races but you only have one body. I’m currently focusing on doing a lot of strengthening, stretching, foam rolling, and getting regular massage. I’ve run multiple marathons every year for the past 8 years, and this is the first year I won’t be able to do that. I’m sad but I look forward to coming back next spring!

Lucy Lee

Location: Washington DC

I have been running for about 15 years, starting in law school as a way to relieve stress and love the marathon distance. I have run 8 marathons and qualified for Boston twice. I have also placed in several local races, both overall female and in my age group. I love talking about running so much that in addition to my full-time lawyer job; I also work part-time in run specialty. It makes me happy when I can help and encourage people to be better runners. I am also an RRCA certified coach and have coached several athletes in the half marathon and marathon distance.

Lucy Lee