Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Of Wonky Knees


Hola Bloggies! I say it's time we get caught up . . .

Running Towards a Half - An Update

You'll probably have noticed that there's been a dearth of running updates in the last week. That's because I started having some knee issues. :o(

In about a week and a half ago I noticed that most of my runs were ending with extreme knee pain. Not only that but it was swelling quite a bit too! Worried about injuries I gave myself a week off from running. In that time I kept up with my weight training (although no squatting or lunging was involved) and stretched things out.

On Sunday I went for a run with the fiance. The plan was to run to the video store (return some rentals) and run back. In total this should have been just shy of 3 miles. I thought it would make a good first run back.

I started off and although stiff I kept going. Then the knee pain started. Of course I decided it was just discomfort and ran through it. Then it got worse. First there was what felt like a pull or a tear behind the knee. More pain and more convincing myself I could keep on going. Then my body decided it needed to take more urgent action to get me to walk. So the tear/pull feeling was kind of huge the second time. I limped the rest of the way home (ran 2.25 miles). :o(

I woke up with a fair amount of leg pain yesterday so I made an emergency physio appointment. Turns out my left knee tends to go inwards. As in it's not so stable (something about my hip being weak and my left foot being flatter than the right). Apparently this is causing my hamstrings to work extra hard to try to stabilize my knee and hence why things are pulling.

Physio lady said I wouldn't have noticed it except that I started running more often. I'm under Dr.'s orders to take it easy. Stretch the leg twice a day, ice twice a day, and run only lightly. I've also been told to make the pain my guide. If I feel pain I have to stop.

So there you have it . . . I think I will head out for a light run tonight and see where that gets me! :o)


Eats - Breakie!

And quickly before I head to work . . .



This was my breakie! An oatmeal pancake (no flour!) smothered in lingonberry sauce. Avec a glass of coconut water. This stuff is yummy! It's also super high in electrolytes so it would be a great recovery drink.

I'm off to work! I just have to make it past today 'cause tomorrow is Canada Day!!!!!!!! Which means I get a day off! As a bonus it looks like there's a rafting trip a brewing!!! Sooo excited! :o)


6 comments:

Krista said...

Injuries are no fun. I had a lot of trouble sitting still while my ankles healed up. Very frustrating. I hope your pain subsides very quickly for ya!

Have a great fay tomorrow!

Marlene said...

Sorry to hear about the knee! Make sure you follow doctor's orders and hopefully it'll be feeling better soon.

aron said...

hope your knee feels better soon!!

A Toronto girl out West said...

Krista,

No fun at all. But I'm hopeful I'll be all good pretty soon!

Marlene,

I'll follow them to the T. Promise.

aron,

Gracias!! Me too! :o)

Marianne (frenchfriestoflaxseeds) said...

That sucks about the knee pain. It's so frustrating when you can't do something you want to because of an injury. Hopefully your physio's instructions will get you back out there sooner rather than later :)

Jealous of your rafting trip. I think I'll be hitting up the farmer's market and getting in a bike ride. I love this whole day off in the middle of the week - I think it should be mandatory every week!

A Toronto girl out West said...

Marianne,

I think going to a farmer's market sounds lovely!! :o)

So how are your road trip plans coming along?