November 25, 2015

That pesky knee

Most of you know or probably have observed that I've had some issues with my left knee for a while. I had a pretty serious knee injury in high school while I was swimming that resulted in surgery.  Basically the outcome was keep cross training and keep your quads strong. There were days that it bothered me and days that I forgot it had ever been an issue. Even throughout the training for my first half marathon, it stayed under the radar. Generally speaking, my knee wasn't really an issue until I started running more consistently.

Most of the time, it's simply been an inconvenience when I run. I would occasionally use kinesiology tape during a run and ice it after a run. I focused on staying strong and that was that. I've noticed that with both Richmond Marathon and my most recent Marine Corps Marathon, my knee started acting up close to race day and then hurt during the race. And after both races, it still seemed quite inflamed and took me some time to be able to run on it. 
My trusty old KT tape application

This time has been even worse...I haven't been able to run since Marine Corps Marathon simply because it hurts so much. It's a different kind of hurt...a sharp pain, not the dull ache to which I am accustomed. It scares me a bit to know what's really going on in the joint. I promised myself that I would make a visit to an orthopedist to get it checked out after we return from our honeymoon. 

So fellow running friends, how have you handled potential injuries or those that simply won't go away? Given that I don't have any races on the calendar anytime soon, I feel pretty relaxed about this but annoyed that running isn't in my workout repertoire these days.
{Christine}

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  1. I'm not sure what to do but I hope you feel better soon. Even without any races I know you love running and working out, and it stinks that you can't do it without being in pain :(.

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    1. It does indeed! I have tried to run a few times and within minutes had to stop. My old approach of "time will heal this" clearly isn't working!

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  2. Definitely get it checked out, you may be surprised with the news! I had a similar issue last year and it was a sprained MCL, but with some strong meds I was able to run through it. Good luck!

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    1. I have a list of orthopedics to call tomorrow :) I'm being a good girl and following my own advice. I'm definitely curious to hear what they say.

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  3. That is a huge annoyance, I'm sorry Christine! My knee issues flare up from time to time and I just try to take it easy and let it recover. Hope it feels better soon!!

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    1. Mine used to ease up on its own but it hasn't this time womp womp! Off to the orthopedic I go!

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  4. Yikes! Sorry to hear about the knee flaring up. I hope that the visit to the orthopedist is helpful.

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    1. Yea it's definitely not my favorite thing right now but I'll have to deal with the necessary doctor inspection.

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  5. Its never any fun to deal with pain, but its better to have it looked into then ignoring it. I'll be hoping that the pain isn't anything major!

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    1. Exactly! I'm stubborn about needing to see a dr. but this time I know that's necessary.

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  6. Oooooh nooooo....that sucks. I hope it's nothing serious.

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  7. Oh no Christine! Injuries are so not fun! I'm glad you are going to get it checked out!

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    1. Yes it's not my favorite thing to deal with but such is life...and running!

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  8. Oh no, I am so sorry. Maybe see a sports med person if it doesn't go away after awhile.

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    1. Luckily my former boss had some good recommendations for runner-friendly doctors. Fingers crossed I can get in soon!

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  9. That is the same application of KT tape I use too. I definitely feel your pain. I've seen dr after dr and tried trick after trick and the only thing that helps is to keep building strength! Keep at it Christine! -M

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    1. I'm hoping it's something straightforward but knowing my knee history, it may not be that simple.

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  10. I'm sorry, lady. That blows. I've not run since October and I feel you hard there.

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    1. Ugh I know you have had a rough road girl! Definitely have been impressed by your attitude and how you've handled your injury.

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  11. Please make sure you get that checked out!! I have this tendinitis that flares up at the end of each training cycle it seems like from tight calves. I need to get better of taking care of my calves!

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    1. Yes, nurse Sue! :) I'm calling tomorrow.

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