Sunday, July 26, 2009

My knee: final thoughts

Thanks for all the wonderful and supportive comments on my last post. I wish I had better news but I believe that I have an inflammed tendon connecting from my quad to the patella. I have not been running for 4 days and I can still feel and see slight inflammation above my knee cap and into my quad. To read more about this specific type of injury go here. Of course this is all self diagnosis since I haven't been to see my doctor. My dad goes to this chiropractor that does ART so maybe I will try to get an appointment there.

Like I said before, this is sad that I won't be able to run but I think its for the best. Looking back I have been training for a college sport (either basketball or track) without any breaks since March 2007. Before that I didn't have much time off either so this is the perfect time to take a step back and rest. I don't want to push the injury to try and run the half so I have decided that I will not be running it no matter what.

Ok ok enough about my knee...moving on...

Tomorrow I am heading to the pool at 5am for a little swimming. It should be really interesting!

This week I have a few posts planned that will drift away from running and expose a little bit more about myself, J. Hope everyone had a great weekend and I promise no more talk about my knee!

14 comments:

trialsoftraining said...

Hope you enjoyed the swimming! it'll be good for those muscles to have a low-impact workout :)

Amy said...

Yikes about the knee. You know your body best, so take care of yourself and don't feel pressured to run that race.

HAve fun swimming!

J.J. said...

I hope you enjoyed the swimming too! I am sorry about the knee. I will run for you...hugs to you. I am also looking forward to reading more about you : )

Jamie said...

Definitely get that knee checked out. Hopefully all that is needed is some time off. Good luck with swimming!

Lacey Nicole said...

hey the swimming world championships are on TV now so i'm all into it!!!! :) it makes even me (the worst swimmer ever) want to get out there and rip through some laps, lol. saw m. phelps today! :) 5am though?! lol. that's great your dad already sees someone so you have someone familiar to try. good luck!!! i think it's a great idea to post more about yourself :) looking forward to it!

EndorphinBuzz said...

I'm glad you are being an "adult" about your injury and scaling down on the training. I always find it hard to throttle down because of the weaknesses of my body.

Have fun swimming and enjoy the break :)

Marlene said...

You have the right attitude - let yourself heal and make the most of the time off. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us in getting to know you!

Brian said...

It's definitely a good idea to lay off running for a while. Give yourself a few weeks of other activity. Once the pain in the knee is gone, start a strength training regimen before starting to run again. Once you've built up strength in your legs, you can gradually work your way back into running: easy runs at first, then speed work a couple months down the road.

X-Country2 said...

Swimming will be a nice break for your entire body. Good idea.

cNicRun said...

Sorry to hear about your knee still bugging ya! That's NO fun! Hopefully it will start to get better soon. The swimming should help with inflammation & feel good after your done! :) Keep us posted girl!

And hey, its your blog, talk about what you want! I'll still read no matter what! :)

Glenn Jones said...

J - go see a doc to make sure this is properly diagnosed. If it is tendonitis - there is only one way to heal - rest. Tendonitis is an overuse injury. Rest is the only way to heal. You will get some relief by taking anti-inflamatories - but you need to take some pretty massive doses.

My son used to be a pitcher in high school. When he had tendonitis (it was repetitive, especially close to the end of a season), the doctor would have him take 800 mg of Ibuprofen (Motrin) three times a day for seven days. *And* no throwing for two weeks, *and* no pitching for six weeks.

Knee tendonitis is a little bit of a bugger. To properly heal, swimming may even be verboten. Go see a doc and get a diagnosis to be sure.

Glenn Jones said...

Oh - and running gear for night time/early morning? I went to REI (www.rei.com) and got a few things tha do the trick. Number one - a reflective vest. A mut have to be seen. Number two a good headlamp. You night think that wearing a headlamp on the noggin might be a litte geeky, but just to be able to see when it's dark and avoid potholes, roots, etc., mkes it worth the geek factor. Finally, sine I run on a trail with a lot of cyclists, I also have a little blinking red lamp (like most cyclists wear) that I clip onto the headlmp strap s I can be seen from behind. I posted a little thing on my blog a while back: http://therunningfatguy.blogspot.com/2008/10/first-night-run-of-season.html

Brian said...

The best thing to do is to get it looked at and relax, obviously, we all want you back to full running strength asap!!

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