I think I have fallen prey to a common mistake: in my eagerness to start my new marathon training, I pushed things a little too hard at times, perhaps. I've been having little twinges in my left knee. It doesn't really hurt if I am jogging (strangely enough), but I can feel it sometimes when I am walking, and lightly later.
I PROMISE it's not really bad. I can still walk around without limping, etc. It really isn't a terrible sort of pain. I am pretty sure I haven't caused anything more than a temporary problem. I don't want it to progress, though, so I am being good and taking preventative steps.
First, for at least the next week or two, I am dialing down the MPH quite a bit. I will keep to the same number of miles per day that I am supposed to do, but I'll take it easy and work back up to where I was over time, and be more careful with future increases. If I have to, I'll take a week or two off and really rest.
I am also icing my knee down after exercise. Today's version is a large bag of unpopped popcorn I stuck in the freezer for a few hours. I realized that I have both a can of wheat and some fabric, so I am going to whip up a homemade ice pack. It will have the bonus of serving as a heating pack too if needed. It's pretty easy, so I'll put up some instructions sometime.
What do you do to prevent injuries while exercising?