Monday, July 08, 2013
The next half marathon I plan to run is the Skinny Raven Half Marathon in Anchorage, AK on August 18. www.bigwildliferuns.org/
I ran it last year and loved it.
My last run was 3 miles on June 18 before going on a trip to South Africa. My left knee started aching a little as I boarded the plane. While on vacation, my knee was a little stiff. I walked quite a bit but didn't get a run in as planned.
On July 1, back home and getting back to my training schedule, I went for a run. I use the Jeff Galloway run/walk/run method and since I hadn't run in a couple of weeks and was basically doing a trail run, set my timer for 1 min. run: 30 sec. walk. After warming up and running only a couple of minutes, I felt a sharp pain going up my hamstring and down my calf. I immediately stopped running and decided to walk the 3 miles. No more pain, just a little tenderness.
At my husband's request, I made an appointment with an orthopedist on July 9. The next day, I walked 1.5 miles on the same trail without trying to run at all. I thought I would continue to walk until I saw the doc. But, on Wednesday, just a half mile from home, my right foot slipped, I heard and felt a pop in my knee and could not put my full weight on that leg. I managed to make it home (there was no one home to help me) by using both hands and feet on the rocky places and shuffling on the smoother ground. It took about 30 minutes and I was very relieved and exhausted. I immediately iced the knee which was hurting like crazy and swelling a little. After resting I could put weight on it as long as I was on a level surface and I have crutches for support on uneven ground.
I go to the dr. tomorrow and find out the extent of the injury. I'm afraid my running is on hold, but more than that, I'm afraid I won't be able to babysit my little grandkids in Colorado (hard to chase a toddler and a crawler when I can just barely walk myself) or run with my grandkids in Alaska.
So, that's why I'm feeling sorry for myself. Thanks for listening.