- Had my appointment with the orthopedic surgeon today. Something is wrong under my kneecap, possibly with the cartilage (which would explain the popping noise). For the next three weeks, whenever I have pain I am supposed to stop immediately what I am doing and rest my knee. I also have to avoid things that will aggravate my kneecap, such as squats. I got the go ahead to run though, with no limitations other than to stop if I feel pain. The doc also said to STOP going to physical therapy, which is very possibly what aggravated my kneecap in the first place since my physical therapist had me doing an exercise that involved a lot of squatting. According to the ortho, the only reason for PT is limited range of motion (found out I have perfect range of motion) or muscle weakness (found out I have excellent muscle strength in the muscles surrounding my knee). The ortho also recommended I take glucosamine, but since I'm still making boob juice I will have to put that off for now. I go back to the doc in three weeks. If I am not pain free then he'll order an MRI.
- Took full advantage of the go ahead to run and hit the treadmill for 3.5 miles while my girls napped. I even pushed it a little with one 8:34 mile. I'm trying to figure out how to ease back into my marathon training plan. My marathon is 13 weeks from Saturday. I was planning on doing a FIRST program, running three days a week. Any suggestions or advice is VERY welcome!
- Just drank a glass of chocolate milk. Before I started running, I NEVER drank chocolate milk. Now I actually crave it when I finish a run. I use either Carnation Instant Breakfast or Nesquik powder. Do you drink chocolate milk after you run and what kind do you prefer (brand and powder or syrup)?