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6 Days Until The Disney World Half Marathon AND My Knee Is Acting Up...

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Yes, you read it right!! Yesterday I ran 5 miles on the treadmill, my knee panged a little bit early on. So, I walked it out really good after I ran.

Today it went into the forties. After reading several SparkBuddies status' and blogs talking about running in sub zero weather (ok, maybe not, but, it sounded that way to me!), I decided to stop being a weenie and get out there. I actually loved it and got my mojo back - the treadmill has been so uninspiring!!

Anyway, my run outside is VERY hilly and that is where it went, well...downhill!
The lower left side of my left knee (not the knee cap) started hurting. As I ran I tried to analyze the pain. It was tied into my hamstring and shot down my left leg. Now, this is a pain that has slowly built up over a half year - even before I fell on my knee in August. The skin on my knee is still healing from that fall! Ironically, I fell one week before my first HM - the Disneyland Half! Now, here I am, 6 days before my third HM in Disney!

So, what's a determined girl to do?? I ran 2.5 miles, inhaled two Advil, quickly told my husband what was going on. He has tons of knee problems ( he is 6'3) and said I needed a knee compression or brace. I bolted to the running store up the street and bought two different contraptions. I then visited GNC (conveniently located right next to the running store!) and bought peanut butter flavor glucosamine & chondroitin chews! They taste gross but I am chewing them none the less.
Employees recommended them last week because my finger joints are swollen.
--- yes, I am turning 50 in May, going through menopause (sorry Spark man friends) and falling apart!

HOWEVER, I will go down kicking and screaming!!

So, anyway, I peeled the compression thingy up my leg, ate the chews and ran back out the door. Of course my husband didn't bat an eye...we have been together 26 years, and, let's face it...he knows better!

I ran 2.5 more miles. It nagged me somewhat, but, I didn't have to stop or walk like I did during the first 2.5 miles. I was jamming to my running music and enjoying my run! I ran the second half on pretty flat ground. Disney will be pretty flat so I will finish training that way. I walked Roxy 3/4 mile after and it didn't bother me at all.

I am going to visit my other chiropractor tomorrow to see what he thinks. The first one thinks it is my hamstrings. He said to strengthen my quads. I was doing good going to the gym to strengthen them until I got real busy two weeks before Christmas - hmmm, maybe I will work on those again this week.

If my knee is still acting up after the race Saturday I will get an MRI. I just want to make it through this Saturday!

I will keep you up to date, Sparkamigos! Have a great week!
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    You're a touch cookie! But do what you've gotta to be safe and have a blast!
    1962 days ago
    I'm so sorry about the knee pain!
    Such thing to happen, right before the HM and right when you started to enjoy running outside...
    Stay safe, listen to your body and take as much rest as needed, your health is the most important.
    1965 days ago
    hope it's better ... hang on! and enjoy your race!
    1965 days ago
    That sounds like it was one tough workout by one determined woman. All the best on the HM. Hope you make it through Saturday without major problems as I'm sure you don't want to have to give up at this point. I do think there'll be some wisdom in getting an MRI done to see if you can find out more definitely what the problem is because you don't want to do more damage than what you already have.
    1965 days ago
    Hope your knee feels better! Think some ice would help?
    1965 days ago
    Wishing you the best with your HM!
    1965 days ago
    Perhaps icing it while you rest, or do you rest at all?!! I recommend getting that thing completedly checked out after your race! I mean, you don't want permanent damange that may stop you running altogether! Keep us posted and do take care!! Good idea for the brace. Sending knee healing vibes your way!
    1965 days ago
    Good luck with your HM! I love Disney. emoticon I went with friends in September for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler, as a spectator. I will be going back with that same group in November and I hope to run the 5K and then cheer them on in the Food and Wine HM. I hope you have a great race and your knee behaves!
    1965 days ago
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