Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Running...in pain

This is my knee. (ok, not really my knee)
 This is my knee in pain.  (still not my knee...)

This is my face, worried about my knee, which is in pain.  (Not my face either)
My knee started hurting about 2 weeks ago when I went on my long run.  You may recall that I was supposed to go on my long run 2 weeks and 1 day ago, but I decided to stay home, sleep in,  and eat pancakes.  My knee pain must be coming from the "pancake gods".  Curse you pancakes!!

So, I've been trying to "rehab" my knee with exercises that my physical therapist gave me 8 months ago when my other knee hurt.  I've been downing Advil and using up most of the ice in the ice maker...hmm...should I leave any ice for the family to enjoy cold drinks - or - ice my knee?  Tough choice!

What's even worse is that I have my 6 mile Wharf to Wharf race on Sunday.  So my dilemma here is...do I try to do some short runs to prepare for Wharf to Wharf - or stay off my knee and just run 6 miles cold.  I tried a 2 mile test run yesterday and my knee felt good after the run, but started hurting during the day.  Hit golf balls with my kids today and the knee still felt ok.  (However, we were almost asked to leave as Baby Boy was hitting more grass than balls, and had actually begun to dig out a trench that other golfers were falling into on the driving range.)

My other dilemma is that I have 2 half marathons scheduled in October and November.  My "hard-core" training is supposed to start in August.  Must...be..free...of...pain...soon!!!

"Just skip the race," says Hubby.  Yeah, right.  The truth of the matter is that I'd rather be carried away from the race when my knee buckles, than not be in the race at all.  I guess I'm truly a runner!  (That and I'd do just about anything for a "hunky firefighter/medic" to carry me away in his arms.)


  1. Cathy, I am so sorry about your knee. I say go ask your doctor. You don't want to damage your knee so much that you will need surgery. On the other hand, he may tell you to keep running.

    Keep us posted!

  2. Cathy I just read on WebMd that pancakes have been known to trigger knee pain...I wish I could have told you before you ate them...no just kidding...I really hope it gets better before the race...and like Linda said I would see my doctor.

  3. Hope you're doing better, Cathy! What did you decide to do?


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