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Bucket of Nerves

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

So my knee went back to being crabby and I am by no means a happy camper. A rather unhappy camper. When my little reminder went off on the phone this Monday, no one had to tell me twice to call the knee doc and ask for the referral. I was happy to get a prompt call that day from the folks who would do the MRI. My knee is not blown up/swelled significantly. But it hurts. Hard to describe. Behind the kneecap. On the sides of the knee. To the point that I stopped doing PT/ST because of it. Instead of feeling better from PT, it felt bad. And that made me SAD.

As I got on the road this morning, my acceptance of doing the 'better safe than sorry' mentality transitioned over to 'I am scared...what if they find something? What will they find? What if there will be no more distance events from here on out?' And the list goes on. But it was straight up fear.

The attendant was very friendly and asked me why I was having the MRI. I explained everything and how I'd improved and then declined again. That the xray did not appear troubling back in May.

I felt like I was sticking my leg into a sausage, but it sure beat going in the tube. My leg was pretty tense the whole time. The tech asked me what kind of music I liked and played a selection of songs. That was pretty nice of him.

I was given films and they are mine to keep. The tech said do not give them to the knee doc because they will lose them for sure. LOL. The doc at the MRI office will review the films and send a report. I have no idea what is up with the knee. I can't read an MRI worth a lick. But they are interesting. I will show the kids. They were intrigued by the MRI pics of my brain/head too.

Not sure how long I will be in wait to know if there is anything to fuss/worry about or not. But rest assured I will be blogging/updating about it.

You know the thing that REALLY chaps my hide about all of this? I am the most fit I have ever been in my life. I am just shy of being 50 lbs down and reaching my goal wait. And I have this lame knee problem. WTH?

I need to get back in the saddle with the PT. It is all I have for right now and I need to lift my spirits by knowing I am physically strong and capable. I was reading about a couple other gals on here are trying to see who develops the biggest arms with ST. Perhaps I will quietly compete just to see how I do too ;) It would be a healthy challenge for me.

Till next time

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RUNNINGPFUHL 8/11/2010 11:25AM

    Sorry to hear this. Just know that I totally understand. Get better soon, I KNOW that you sooo want to be better for sure. emoticon

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SWDOTB2 8/5/2010 1:15PM

    Hope the diagnosis is much better than what you fear! Strength train while you're waiting, it will empower you...sending you recovery wishes and good energy, Lee

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GAIL461 8/5/2010 1:07PM

    Julie: Caught up on your blogs. Thinking of you and hoping it all works out for you. Good luck!

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SEEHOLZ 8/4/2010 1:54PM


I hear you and I understand beyond 100%! Keep hanging in-- I also do better feeling proactive.

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    Julie - glad you got the MRI done. Yes leg/knee/ankle MRIs are much nicer than head/shoulder ones....

Did the MRI doctor have a first read on them...they will be done first? If not, call back and see if you can get a first read on it. You have a race coming up soon and need an answer quickly

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Invest In Yourself

Friday, July 30, 2010

There is only one you. And only you know what's best for you. And only you, ultimately, will look out for yourself. Right? Of course. Having said that, I knew I had to take this advice and be sure I was investing in myself so that I can successfully get back into running. I had said I shouldn't get new shoes...but I got the Asics Nimbus 11's at the end of last year/beginning of this year. My Spenco Q-Factors were well over a year old. I'm still learning all the neuances of things. Just like how I wore my contacts too long years ago. LOL.

So...the local running store sent a shout out on Facebook about how lovely the weather was, and get a gait analysis for free, yada yada. I decided to pack the 3 youngest in the car and wear my best shoes and my ChoPat brace and take them up on the offer. I did learn the following:

- I am a neutral runner with a shallow foot. I do need a little bit of arch support, but nothing that a good orthotic couldn't take care of. So my shoes and my inserts were always spot on with what I needed.

- You do need to replace whatever orthotic you have at least every 7-8 months because you beat them up/compress them.

- I do prefer Asics over Saucony. I tried them and with the shallowness of my footbed...Asics are for me.

- I've always had the right size for my running shoes. Yay for me.

So...I decided that, since investing in me and truly making a comeback is of the utmost importance...I really had to suck it up and replace the orthotics and the shoes. Otherwise I was setting myself up for subpar conditions and that just wouldn't be good. What I spent on shoes and orthotics would likely just go for more copays to the sports med doctor.

So here I am with new cushion and kicks. I'm still tweaking the duration of running periods and frequency as I work my way back to this. Baby steps.

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SEEHOLZ 7/30/2010 1:17PM

    Ready, set...

not the only thing left is GO!

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DRIVEN2BHEALTHY 7/30/2010 12:02PM

    Great blog! I really enjoyed reading everything you wrote. Keep up the good work emoticon

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TRIGFROST 7/30/2010 11:57AM

    Yes I do agree w/ You---You have to do what it takes to keep your self moving forward.. emoticon

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    Girl - I hope you are looking on the internet for the Spenco Q Factors I would offer you all of mine - I think I have like 5 pairs used for like 1-2 months before I got custom orthotics with the surgery. I got mine about $5 cheaper even with shipping.

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Testing, testing 4, 5, 6

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Today I changed some things up. First, I made sure to put on my ChoPat brace. I know I have a tracking issue. No reason to be foolish about that. I also decided to try slowing my walking pace on the 'mill from 3.5 to 3.0. No sense trying something brisk when it is supposed to be a recovery period for me as I work back into the groove. So it went like this:

400m at 3.0
200m at 4.0
400m at 3.0
200m at 4.0
400m at 3.0

wash, rinse, and repeat the above once more. and then a cooldown of 400m at 3.0 and then to 2.2

I had to remember to 'carry my potato chips' while I was jogging. My calf got cranky the first 200m and I knew I was tight/anxious about it. When I reminded myself to 'carry my potato chips' then my stance was a bit more relaxed. Feet close to the ground and quick turn over. Also tried to ensure my legs/feet were under me during the run. Seems so elementary, but I am trying to be careful.

All in all, a good experience and 2.25 miles in for today.

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RUNNINGPFUHL 7/30/2010 9:14AM

    Good for you!! I'm so happy for you! Great way to remind yourself to relllllaxx and enjoy!

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SEEHOLZ 7/29/2010 4:33PM

    Nice progress!

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TRILLIUM22 7/29/2010 4:31PM

    Great job, although I'm not sure I understand about carrying your potatoe chips. I know I wouldn't want to think about carrying potato chips---because I'd go from thinking about carrying them to eating them.

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TAMTAM64 7/29/2010 3:49PM

    Outstanding! You are doing really great & being very smart! :)


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    Excellent - you are being smart and safe.

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Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Four days ago I tried just walking at no more than 3.5 on the treadmill at 0% incline. I did 2 miles. Albeit slow, it was good.

Yesterday, I did 400m of walking (3.5 at 0%), then 400m of light/easy run (4.0 at 0%), 400m of walking, then 400m of light/easy run, and then 4x400 walking.

The only discomfort I had was my right calf. I think it was when I initially changed up from 3.5 to 4.0. I feel a little something in my knee. Not serious discomfort/pain. Hard to describe.

I think taking a day or two off and then trying 400m or 600m of walk, then 200m of light/easy run, and vice versa throughout...that would be a better approach.

I still need to do the gait analysis. Perhaps back off of trying again and do that, and then see where it leads me. I really cannot swing new shoes right now as I have to get the kids ready for back to school over the next month, plus I just put a car in the shop and don't know what damage that will cause. Sigh.

But overall, I am feeling confident/hopeful that I will return soon and take it very slow for a while. I have no goals or race fees to stress me.

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    Julie - you are so smart to try slow and easy comeback. I would go do gait analysis and get shoe recommendations, but tell them right now you just do have the $$ to purchase, but start saving again for shoes - if you even need them

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CRYSBROWN1 7/28/2010 9:06AM

    Sorry to hear about your pain issues but happy that you are making baby steps to get back to 100%, keep up the good fight, nice & easy!

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TRILLIUM22 7/28/2010 8:48AM

    I hate that money is so tight for you right now. New shoes can make a world of difference. I was having knee pain last Jan, replaced my shoes and they went away. Also a little perspective on the cost of those shoes. Injury and physical therapy can make the cost of shoes seem like nothing. Maybe you have better insurance than we do, but when my dd had to do PT for an ankle injury the deductable was $40.00 a visit. She had something like 8 visits. That's not even paying for the initial medical stuff.

Just a little perspective. I hope easing back into running works.

Comment edited on: 7/28/2010 8:49:58 AM

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NINJALINDA 7/28/2010 7:59AM

    I don't know where I've been (absorbed in my own little world, obviously!), but I didn't realize you were experiencing these issues! I'm glad to read that things seem to be progressing - even if slowly.

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Decisions On My Return To Running

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

So the Sports Med doctor told me that if I don't feel better by the time I would be due to come in, then ask for an MRI slip instead. Most days I feel nothing in my knee. Some days, I feel a little something. It's that little something that causes me to worry/second guess. I can twist my knee from side to side and I am fine. With no Aleve in my system, I feel a scant something but I go up and down stairs and my regular stuff just fine.

The other thing I am thinking on is my gait. I have never had a gait analysis. But something the Sports Med doctor said has me wondering. See...when I was just a peanut, the docs had to break one of my legs and reset it. I wore that lovely bar thing on the bottom of my shoes and special things you call 'cookies' in my shoes for all my years of elementary school. I always wore those hideous ortho shoes. Man did I dislike those things. Anyway...she said that one of my feet was a tad bit wider than the other, and very ever so slightly turned. So of course I'm a bit concerned b/c I am thinking that, over the course of whatever distance, could my gait be that bad?

I was not sure if I should jump right in to a gait analysis and see if new shoes are in order, or ease back in to a C25K first. I was concerned that they may have me do things during gait analysis that I might not be ready for? Or am I just being a wimp?

Any thoughts welcome.

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SHADOW38 7/22/2010 6:05PM

    I would say do the gait analysis. If you need to change the way you run, now would be a good time, when you're getting started again. Changing your gait isn't easy, I'm going through it right now, after a number of injuries. Definitely go to someone reputable, like a physical therapist or something similar, preferably someone who is also a runner.

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COLBERGL 7/21/2010 4:07PM

    I was having alot of problems with my right knee and left hip. Very painful. I finally bought some really good shoes and had orthodics placed and my hip has been great since. Also my knee has greatly improved. I would do what ever the sport MD says. But my little change made a big difference

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KLSART 7/21/2010 3:41PM

    Gait analysis is easy, and they won't stress you if you tell them what you've got going on. I kept getting stress fractures in my femur/hips and finally did gait analysis and went to a podiatrist who is a running specialist. He made special orthotics for me and they have been great. Good luck!

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LAURIE5658 7/21/2010 3:20PM

    Another vote for gait analysis.


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RUNTRILAUGH 7/21/2010 3:14PM

    Try the gait analysis... Some are even computerized, with just a short run.

If you do try it, and they have you do something you aren't comfortable with, well, what did you lose? Just tell them no to that part, and move on.

If you wait, and it IS something a different type of shoe could have solved, you are putting yourself at increased risk for injury...


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    I would try the gait analysis, especially if they don't charge you. Tell them ahead of time about your issues.

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