Recovering from a trail running knee injury

Recovering from a trail running knee injury

Apologies for the lack of updates recently. About 7 weeks ago, I ran a 50k trail race with over 4,000 ft of elevation gain (and then descending all the way back down). Although tired at the end, my legs felt fine beyond the normal soreness I would have expected. A few days later, one of my knees was back to normal feeling but the other remained sore – and remained sore – and remained sore – going on for weeks. I was unable to trail run due to the pain and fear of injuring it worse, and I eventually made it to see a physical therapist specializing in running injuries. It turned out to be a¬†vastus lateralis muscle strain which I’m in the process of recovering from now… stretch and roll. I’ve found it easier on the knee to run flatter, softer trails than the normal steep and rocky trails that I’ve come to love. Hopefully I’ll be back on the steep and rocky soon enough¬†– and then onto the snow as winter approaches in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Vastus Lateralis

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