So I managed to injure my knee about 9 days ago while on vacation. I believe it is the MCL--medial collateral ligament that I have injured on the left leg, not a tear--maybe a sprain. I feel really silly because I was honestly just messing around. I was talking to my bf about doing jumping jacks as an exercise and I literally did like 4 of them(but it was barefoot and on stone tile), but I felt a sudden sharp pain on the inside of my knee that persisted the rest of that night.
The next few days it didn't really bother me that much so I didn't think of it and we did lots of biking and did a C25k session(I was in week 2 at the time). After that, I started feeling pain in the leg again that seems to come and go(or it may just be Advil taking the pain away at times). I rested a few days, but then we went to themeparks and I did a lot of walking on it.
Any way, so felt like it was getting better so I did my week 3, day 1 C25k yesterday morning and it was fine. The knee felt a little off, but nothing too bad. Then the rest of the day, it was ok. I iced it a few times. That evening it started bothering me again, but I took Advil and the pain went away. This morning, however, it was in pretty bad shape. Very painful, sort of wobbly, sharp pain when going down stairs--in fact, my other knee was having some pain also and that one isn't hurt! I think it may have been the aggrivated knee and muscle pain from the run combined, but I was hobbling like an 80 year old until the Advil kicked it--and at the moment it feels fine. It's really amazing the difference--it's like I have a hard time walking, to feeling perfectly ok.
I am concerned though because this morning was the worst pain I've felt so far, and it was kind of scary so I'm going to take some time off the C25k--which I am really disappointed about because I was really excited and into it. I know it's not much, but I was really proud of myself for doing the 3 min jogging sessions now, when just 3 weeks ago I was huffing and puffing at 1 minute. I'm concerned that my progress may backpeddle some...I don't know how long exactly I should take to rest...opinions?