Well I did it. I decided (against my better judgment) to go out for a “short run” today. I strapped on my new running toy, a Garmin Forerunner, and set forth on a flat path toward a goal of 3.0 miles. No sooner did I hit 0.20 miles, my right knee had a slight pain to it, mostly higher and I associated with my IT band. I had forgotten my IT band compression strap, should I go back? Nah I’ll be fine. I stopped, stretched, and kept trudging on. I thought “mind over matter, I’ll just take it slow”. I stuck to around 9:20 for the first .75 mile then it struck again. Ow! I stopped and massaged and started back up at a slower pace. I stopped every .25 mile until I hit 1.5 miles to stretch and massage. Now, I’m 1.5 miles from home and my knee is killing me and I’m at a 10:40 limpy pace. I say, “chin up” and start heading back. At mile 2.0 it was impossible. I limp jogged at a very, very sad and painful 11:40 pace and yelled out a few times in pain. I knew this was no good.
What a sad start to my new toy. I recalled all the things my physical therapist and doctor had told me to do four years ago when a similar pain had struck me and I was diagnosed with ITB syndrome of my left knee. Today we are dealing with my right knee. My left knee is aching but not popping, crunching, and killing me. Anyhow, I instantly whipped out the tools I had and did the following:
- Took 3 200-mg ibuprofen
- Iced knee with some frozen vegetables for 10-minutes (*need to purchase gel packs, this barely did the trick, any tips?)
- Rolled my IT-band on my super-dense foam roller for a few minutes
- Did 3-sets of 15 leg lefts with a 3-lb ankle weight
We’re on our way to becoming very close.
I realize I pretty much set myself up for this, but 3-miles, really? This is pretty bad. Needless to say, I won’t be running anytime soon and am shelving my new Garmin until I feel pain has subsided and I have treated my knee properly. How long should I wait before I see a specialist?
This is the perfect segue to share the only EXCITING news I have today, which absolutely pertains to my fitness: I signed up for 20-sessions of hot yoga in 30-days for the month of April. I am so absolutely excited, and the opportunity couldn’t have come at a more perfect time (see knee issues above). I really hope this helps me build some much needed strength and give my knee a rest, as there really won’t be much time for running anyhow. I had to ask D if he minded if I took on this “challenge”, and he said if it’s what I wanted to do, then of course not. Actually, what he said to me was that and “Are you still going to have dinner for me?”. HA HA.
What does this mean? The next months I am going to be running from work, to clients, to yoga. I probably won’t be home for 12+ hours a day, and will be eating dinner late. My dinners may not be as exciting, creative, or interesting, but I am going to try my best. I will be also be spending most days wearing this little man around my leg:
Today’s food was rather uncreative. I was mostly mourning the fact that I tortured myself. So I cooked up the remaining 1/2 cup of quinoa I had, and decided to treat it as pasta (or pastina). I added some marinara sauce, vegan parmesan, and meatless meatballs. It made a big miss and isn’t pretty, but it was tasty and protein-licious!
So from hereon out, expect more “quick meals”, knee progress, and yoga updates. I’ll try to keep my bitching to a minimum, but do appreciate any tips on how to make my situation a bit more tolerable. Tonight we saw Alice in Wonderland in 3D. D was a little shocked when I limped out of the theatre. I’m not sure if it was the position my knee was in, or just the pain settling in and the ibuprofen wearing off, but the pain was close to intolerable. I had to limp my way to the car quite literally, as it hurt when my knee was bent and so I had to keep it straight and sort of drag it. In public.
I hope you all had great Saturdays, with delicious food, and better fitness results than I. Here’s to a sunnier tomorrow!