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Disappointed, but Thankful.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Today finds me disappointed, but thankful. About what, you ask? Well, I have been training to run in a half-marathon in June of this year. Well, my training is over after the doctor told me that I can no longer do long distance running. I ran 9 miles last Saturday and came home to my right knee sounding like crunching gravel as I climbed the stairs to take a shower. I was diagnosed with Femoral Patella Crepitus. It isn't a major injury, but more of a wake-up call that I am doing damage. If I continue to run the way I have been, she says I will do permanent damage that will eventually require surgery and maybe even knee replacement.

I am disappointed, but very thankful that I can still run at all.....The doctor cleared me to begin a short jog today, but I kind of chickened out. My knee is sounding less crunchy, but I feel it is still a little unstable so I think I will give my knee rest until Monday before returning to the track. She says I can now only run no more than 5 miles 3-4 times per week and only on a spongy or rubber track. I really feared she'd tell me my running days were over. I am so thankful they are not. With a little TLC and cutting back, I can continue to enjoy running and having the many benefits that come with it (a clear mind, energy, motivation, weight loss, mental fortitude, a sense of accomplishment...to name a few).

SO THANKFUL!
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RENIESSPARKIN 3/29/2013 1:44PM

    Pay attention to that wake-up call, sweetie. You're doing the right thing. You'll just have to find another way to get your workouts done. Best of luck, Gigi.

You're a Gem,
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PKBOO3 3/26/2013 9:54AM

    I'm glad you can still run too. I started a virtual run/walk challenge from SP, but quit half way because my right knee (back part of the knee) started to seriously hurt. I started limping back home part of the way. It was better before I made it home, but it really hurt at first, so I quit. You've given me incentive to maybe try again sometime and just take it super, super slow. My only worry is that I'm getting older & maybe shouldn't try to run. So...I just don't know. I really want to run, but am a bit hesitant.

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WINNIE1978 3/17/2013 8:13PM

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I'm sorry your long distance running days are over, but so glad to hear that you can still run!

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JLPEASE 3/16/2013 9:34PM

    I can understand your disappointment, but you are right to be thankful too. And at least you can still run, so that's a good thing!
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KSCHRAUT 3/16/2013 8:22PM

    I've had two knee surgeries, so I know they are NOT fun and really put a damper on a lot of things while recovering.

You have a good attitude about being able to still at least run, just not as long. Good for you. Better than being completely out of commission. After my 2nd knee surgery I was told I would "never be able to run again." I now can run a mile without stopping, but after that my knee cringes and i have to do walk/run intervals. It works for me. I don't want to over push my knee, again, and end up with another surgery, so I do what works. I still manage to complete my walk/run 5Ks and I just walk whenever my knee feels a little unstable.

Keep up the good work!

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