Sunday, June 08, 2014
I ran my second half marathon yesterday. It was the same half I ran last year. I had a 15 minute improvement over last year. I was ecstatic.
During the last 2-3 weeks of my training, I did something to my right knee. I was on a 7 mile training run, I had no trouble. I woke up the next morning and my knee was so swollen that the skin was tight around it. It was painful. I spent the next few days with my leg propped up witb ice and heat. It was starting to feel better.
With race day looming over me, I went out for another long training run. I could still feel a little pain, but I was ok. I ran 8 miles. I felt good mentally and cardiovascularly, but my knee was screaming.
I called my best friend for advice. Shes a physical therapist. She was concerned. I promised that I would go to the doctor as soon as the race was over.
Race day came. My split time was awesome. I was feeling confident. My knee was hurting, but manageable. I made it to the 11 mile point and the pain was too much. I walked and jogged the rest of the way in.
I have to work today. I bought a wrap for my knee yesterday. I can't tell if it is helping or not at this point. My core and quads are very sore, so I can't tell. I am keeping my knee up as much as poosible.
My plan of action is this:
- make an appt with my GP so I can get a referral to my ortho
- low impact stuff (walking, light jogging, swimming) until I can discuss a plan with the ortho. Follow the "if it hurts don't do it" philosophy.
- focus on upper body strength
- continue to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise per day
- keep a closer eye on my calorie intake
Im going to try to update as I learn more. Im hoping for the best.