The good news: I'll have more time to read next week.
The bad news: I won't be running.
I have mentioned off and on my struggle with knee pain since my marathon in September. In the fall, I went to the doctor, took some time off from running, and found some temporary relief. Yet I have only had one or two totally pain free runs in the past several months. I could usually get through one or two miles without any discomfort, but once the pain came I spent the rest of the miles alternating between walking until the pain subsided and running until it was unbearable.
I finally went back to the doctor this week because 1) my left knee was actually getting worse and 2) I finally admitted to myself my knees weren't going to get better on their own. After x-rays of both knees that came back normal (did you hear my sigh of relief from where you are sitting?), I started physical therapy today. One of my PT's first instructions was to stop running. He knows I just started my marathon training schedule and promised I would be good to go at the starting line on May 15. So I am following his instructions and giving my all to getting my knees back to their happy place.
Today was pretty basic: electrical stimulation & heat, some laser light thing that he said helps muscles heal, some stretching, and huge ice packs wrapped around both knees that had me shivering from head to toe by the end of an eternal eight minutes.
I have physical therapy again Monday, and the goal will be to determine what is causing the pain: my feet, instablility in my pelvis causing my legs to overcompensate, a combination of the two, or something else completely. The part I am really looking forward to is not the incredibly large and unsightly goose bumps on my legs following the icing but the video he is going to take of me running to evaluate if my feet are the problem. This might possibly be the only running I get to do for at least the next 10 days, but I'll take what I can get.
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