QUESTION: I have been dealing with patellar tendonitis and a small baker’s cyst in my right knee. I have continued with my half marathon training, because I'm running a half marathon in a couple of weeks. I usually only take a few days off after a half, but was planning on taking longer to rest the knee (I will cross train of course.) How long of a break would you suggest I take?
HAL’S ANSWER: I assume that you have seen a doctor who diagnosed those injuries, because I don’t possess an M.D. degree, nor do I pretend to practice medicine on the Internet. I defer instead to those smarter than me, or at least better trained in certain specialties. As to how much of a break to take, the period immediately after an important race might be the best time to focus on rest. Shift to cross-training for whatever length of time it takes, and be sure that you are 100 per cent cured before you step out the door to run. How long of a break should you take? A long enough break so that you can run injury-free.
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