I’m taking a break from “5 Things Friday” this week because I’ve just been under-amused this week.
Which is pretty sad, considering the awesome feeling I was having after conquering the Run The Bluegrass Half Marathon. I’m still feeling pretty proud of that race, but the thoughts afterwards about what’s going on with my knee hasn’t been the most positive.
I’ve taken it easy on my workouts this week to allow my body to recover fully from the race. Besides all the walking around downtown Cincinnati Monday, I didn’t workout then. Tuesday was a yoga DVD with Bob Harper in the morning, 20 minutes on the elliptical with some weights and a long dog walk after work. Wednesday I was back on the treadmill for 4 miles. Then last night, in a fit of a semi-bad mood, I was going to work out come hell or high water. Unfortunately I realized I forgot to pack socks, but I needed those feel-good endorphins, so it was a socks-less workout that included 20 minutes on the elliptical, then a circuit of squats, bench press, high knees, dead lifts, etc. 40 minutes of solid sweat–exactly what I needed.
My frustration comes from not knowing what I should do about my knee. It’s been bothering me for a month or so now. I went to the doctor Thursday morning and she poked around a little, took X-rays and proclaimed it to be bursitis and prescribed some pain gel and no thoughts towards physical therapy. So there were no real answers as to whether I should keep running or not. After talking with some co-workers about my frustration, they recommended I go to a drop-in sports medicine clinic in the morning. The idea of this clinic was to get there right as they opened and hope it wasn’t too busy and you could be seen within an hour or so.
Going with my better judgement, I declined an invite to run with a couple of friends before work, so that way I had enough time to get ready for work and the appointment…
Luckily I was the first one there this morning. The doctor took his time really feeling around on my knee, asking me questions like “How does it feel here?” and having me do a few things like squat on one leg, hold my leg straight, etc. He took the time to listen to what I’ve been doing and what I’d like to do. His diagnosis: overuse of the tendon in front of my knee.
He said that, yes, I needed to take it easy on the running right now, but cross training was alright. He prescribed physical therapy and ultrasound therapy, which I start next week. He said the injury wasn’t severe, which was good. We just need to strengthen my quads, hips, and glutes to help take the load off of this tendon. When I broached the subject about running the Kentucky Derby Half Marathon later this month, he said if I was alright running it without much training, I could be OK. He said he didn’t see me injuring the tendon worse, especially with going to physical therapy right now.
So now the wheels are spinning in my head: Should I or shouldn’t I? Can I be alright with spending $80 on a half marathon registration and know that I can’t train as hard as I’d like to leading up to it? The race is much flatter than the Run The Bluegrass, but you never know how your body will handle it.
So I need your advice. What would you do, if you were in my shoes? What advice do you have?