The human body is definitely something to marvel at. No doubt about it. I find that it can be running as a smooth well oiled machine, then suddenly something small turns into something larger; like an outbreak of sorts. I find this said outbreak to be the latest case.

After my run on Saturday I noticed this area behind my knee to be a bit tight (okay, a lot tight) and a bit painful (okay, at times a lot painful). It feels like it’s an extension of my calf muscle. I figured I’d take Sunday off and take it from there. Well, it’s currently Thursday and still no running.

It’s not so much that it’s painful, but when I take stairs up and down I can still feel it enough to have me concerned about a casual run. Maybe some sort of cross-training like the elliptical machine, but, again, I don’t want to strain anything a week before the race. It does indeed feel like if I would do the elliptical, I’d feel it afterwards. Hell, for that matter, even if I did the bike I’d feel the same way. I don’t know for sure, but I’m just going off the feeling in that strained muscle.

If I don’t get as many miles as I’d like this week, that’s neither here nor there as far as I’m concerned. And besides, I should be tapering. I realize this doesn’t mean “don’t run,” but if there’s a pain that has me concerned, I won’t take a chance. I’ll do around 30 next week and see how it feels. But this will be an easy 30 for obvious reasons.

If the pain persists until late next week, I’ll be really concerned about the race. I’ll still run, but I may stop at the marathon length. I hope it doesn’t have to get to that extreme. I really want to push through the 50 with only “normal” pains, not ones that I am bringing to the race with me.