Well I have been experiencing some knee pain here and there since the Quincy half marathon and it is getting worse so I finally booked an appointment and got it properly checked out this morning. Why did I wait? Well honestly it was upsetting and I almost let it derail me a bit. There was a part of me that wanted to ignore it and keep pushing. There was another part of me that got depressed about it and wanted to stop running so much. I wrestled with the emotions of it for a few weeks.
After this last long run on Saturday when I almost cried going down the stairs Saturday night I knew it was time to stop ignoring it and trying to be a hero and get it checked out. My good friend Lauren and fellow runner recommended I go to Marathon Sports Medicine to get a diagnosis and some help. So I went in for an evaluation this morning and it was not as bad as I thought! I am so relieved.
Back when I was pregnant I had several issues with my pelvis. Those issues are there again but not as bad. There is some weakness in my lower back and hips which is causing my leg to turn out differently. Also my left knee cap shifts too much so I need to do some therapy to help it. I am happy that it is nothing bad! I was getting worried especially after my long run on Saturday really caused me some pain.
The therapist was really nice and he said I have good range of motion and strength. When I started launching into my story about why I run and where I was 14 months ago he was amazed. He says I will not need many appointments and he will teach me how to do everything at home. He was glad I have a foam roller already and I will be using it more. He also said the Arctic Ease wraps were perfect for cooling down my muscles! Good thing because I like them!
So the prognosis on my running? He says I will be fine to run at the end of May and he will work with me to make sure I am able to! I have to stop doing long runs for now but I hope 2 weeks off of those is enough. I can keep it to 4 mile runs and any other cardio I want. So my plan is to keep running 4 miles probably 5 days a week and then elliptical and try spinning in between. And to use these:
I have learned this if nothing else, if something is bothering you make sure to have it checked out. The therapist was glad I came in and we caught it early enough so I can keep training and still reach my long term goal of running a full marathon in November!!!!
Have you ever had an injury that made you get upset and cause a set back? How did you over come it?