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I have been training for a half marathon at the end of September, and after reaching 8 miles in my training, I have been having pain in my knee (although at this point it was more mild discomfort than pain... I went to see a physio-therapist, who told me to strengthen my thighs and glutes, as well as giving me some stretches... I asked if I had to stop running, but was told as long as I didn't attempt a long run, short runs/hills and intervals were fine.
I did some intervals on Wednesdays (a failed 3 miler, but thats another story), and then managed 3 miles on Friday, but after the run on Friday my knee was the worst it has ever been, it was hard to walk on it after that. I have iced it every day since Friday, and have been taking Ibuprofen.
My question is, how long do you think I need to rest it for? I feel reluctant to visit the same physio again, and to be honest, due to going travelling in a few months (just after the half marathon) I can't really afford to! My inital plan was to rest for 4-5 days (no exercise), and then start swimming and working on strenghtening work (depending on how my knee feels then) and then trying to run again in about 2 weeks...
Would anyone think this is doable...? I am more just interested in what peoples advice/experiences with this are... I am nervous firstyl that I wont be able to do the half at all, or just not being able to train enough before and end up not being able to complete it.