I put up last night’s post and went to bed confident that My Plan was going to work flawlessly. I’d ace six today, maybe even eight, and three weeks from tomorrow I would complete my first half-marathon.
What’s that they say about intentions and paver stones?
Regardless how solid my plan was or how strong my resolve in that plan, my left knee just wasn’t up to it. While I didn’t get all the way to six miles, I did arrive at the inescapable conclusion that I will not in fact be participating in the March 18th half-marathon we are registered for. Rich will be running it alone. I did get further today than I have since this whole mess started three or four weeks ago, the ping/twinge didn’t hit until 4.38 miles today as opposed to sidelining me at 3.25 or 3.5 so that was progress of a sort.
After doing a lot of online research and talking to other runners, I believe that what I am dealing with is a simple case of Runner’s Knee. I have believed that all along. I continue to believe that.
I have friends – wonderful, loving, concerned friends – who are calling for me to see an Orthopedic doctor. And I will. As soon as I have exhausted every other avenue.
I have an appointment with my chiropractor on Wednesday and at that time he’s going to take a look at the knee, give me an adjustment, recommend some exercises, and we will give my body time to heal itself. I do have a very good chiropractor who will refer me to an ortho doc if he sees any reason to believe I’ve done damage that needs more than time and rest to resolve itself.
I won’t be running.
At most I’ll do a couple miles on an elliptical machine but only when I am able to do normal daily activities, like oh, say, walking without pain. And yoga. There will be yoga. But neither of those things until after I see Dr. Jeff on Wednesday.
Between now and then it’s Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
Until I can get a good knee brace the compression is taking the form of an Ace Bandage. Which gets the job done.
Since I a most likely looking at a good month off of running I’m going to have to be extra diligent with my diet to keep from putting weight back on. And hey, I’d been asked to write more about that aspect of things anyway. So to keep this blog on everybody’s radar I’ll be doing that.
And I’ll be sure to let you know if/when I find The Zone in Yoga.