Monday, June 13, 2011
I've had knee pain for a couple years. It started before I started running, and I really remember it kicking in 2 years ago (right around when I moved to an apartment that I have to take 60 steps to get to). Since I've been running it hasn't gotten worse, strangely enough it was actually getting better. But - I took too long replacing my sneakers (cheapskate!) and when I did get new ones my knee wasn't jumping back into pain-free. So - I finally went to a physical therapist.
I had been avoiding talking to someone out of fear. I have been running for about a year and I love it. I never thought I could run. I was always the fat girl, sweating and gasping. Now I still sweat and gasp - but I go far! I didn't want to stop. I was totally afraid that the PT would tell me to stop. I finally had to admit that it was time to deal.
So...it's tendonitis. Nothing major. Stretching/heat/massage for a few weeks should help drastically. And since then, it probably is psychosomatic, but I've felt better already. Even in just a week.
Lesson learned - face the pain and deal. It might not be as bad as you think!