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).