Monday, February 27, 2012
Hello Sparkers. As many of you know I'm sitting in Mexico for a last second vacation right now, and enjoying a few Margaritas, reading my third book, and healing up from an awful sunburn. Many stresses have popped up the last little while...
One of them that many of you don't know, I figured it was time to tell.
As mentioned a few weeks back, and shortly after running my first Marathon - I began experiencing Knee Pain. It started the day of the Marathon, when I took off from Mile 10 and felt a bit of a 'crick', but continued on in good spirits and finished.
I rested, iced, compressed, and elevated the bejesus out of it for nearly 2 weeks after. Still, even during short runs (over 5 miles) I would feel a bit out of sorts for a day after. My knee just wasn't the same.
Still, I'm young and have many years, and addicted to running. I decided to grin and bear it, and push through - and in fact, even took a 'ignore it' approach. I signed up for my second Full Marathon in my home town of Calgary.
While I have been training, I also can't say that things are getting better. In fact, for over a week and a bit I decided to focus on building up the knee muscle and see if that helped - I stuck with Spin Class and Strength Training for the last 2 weeks.
My weight has gone up, but the knee hasn't felt any better. In fact, it now makes a creeking sound when I do squats.
SO... I have made the decision to think about dropping down to the Half Marathon in Calgary, rather than the full. Ease up on my training. AND visit the Doctor for a possible well deserved CT scan of my knee... guess we will see what she says.
It was a difficult decision, but I haven't made any finalities yet - possibly I might bounce back, so I haven't dropped down yet... but I have made inquiries on how to complete it. Hubbie obviously backs me, and when I mentioned a few weeks ago that I might have to start running with a knee brace, he looked me in the eye, held my hand and said ...
"If at age 27 you have to start wearing a knee brace, perhaps the running long distances may be over."
I can't really argue with that logic.