Saturday, February 7, 2009

Knee

I tested out the knee again. I did have a 5 miler on the schedule today, but knew that if the knee was going to bother me, I was going to quit right away.

Overall, I was able to run with little to no discomfort, for the first couple of miles. From there on out, I did a lot of walking. It just felt like my knee was getting really tight, causing the knee cap to not track properly. This is a bit of progress from my attempt to run Thursday, however. I came home, popped a few ibuprofen, iced, and stretched.

I know I need to take it easy still. I have plenty of time to build up my long runs. My plan is to take a handful of days off of running completely. I will swim tomorrow, rest Monday, short bike Tuesday, swim Wednesday and then try to run again Thursday. In the meantime, I will continue doing my knee strengthening exercises 2-3 times per day.

Taryn recommended a yoga video that works on knees, so I will look into that too. I know that my knees are the weekest/most injury prone parts of my body, so I really need to work on strengthening them.

Have a great weekend y'all!

Today's Workout:
Run - 3.4 miles
(miserably slow with a lot of walking)

Today's Song:
Coldplay - Lost (in sidebar -->)

24 comments:

Erin Leigh said...

Sounds like you are being really smart about this!! Hope it is all a part of the past really soon.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

good decision.

Lily on the Road said...

walking is good! Take care of yourself!

Love your new picture, too cute!

Melanie said...

good job listening to your body... hope it starts feeling better soon!

Jess said...

If you feel as though the patella is sliding around, try one of those knee bands to keep it in place. They cost about $10 and fit just below your knee. That may be a cheap and easy fix.

Michelle said...

Hi TW i am sorry about your knee!!! I didn't know!!!

You are doing everything the right way chica!!!!! Keep doing what your doing and you will be fine!!!

I am sending good healing thoughts your way!!!

IronGambit said...

walking is better than nothing! That's why I like to go for hikes :)

Mel said...

My knees are what bother me the most as well. I hope yours feel better soon. If you find something that really works well please let me know. Right now I am loving acupuncture and recovery socks for my knees.

Carly said...

Bummer about your knee, but it sounds like you are doing the right things. I hope you are back to 100% soon.

Ms. Math said...

I hope your knees feel better after the rest you give them!

Blyfinn said...

Good job with taking it easy. I have learned the hard way to not try and ignore and push through.

M*J*C said...

I feel ya, sounds like you're doing the right thing listening to your body...sometimes I just wish our bodies would listen to us!!! LOL!!!
Love the song in the sidebar...Coldplay always has the best lyrics!

BeachRunner said...

Keep on taking good care of your knee and I hope you are having a great weekend.

I Run for Fun said...

Hope your knee recovers soon. You are doing the wise thing. Take care!

Anne said...

Nothing wrong with taking a few days off so the body can fully rest and the knees can try to heal. It's also a good measuring stick for what might be wrong with the knee. If it isn't improved, it might require some medical attention. Time does heal though.

kelsalynn said...

I'm glad you made it a couple of miles before it started to hurt at least. It must be getting aggravated as you run. Hmm... Ibuprofen and icing are two excellent remedies. Good luck letting it rest!

aron said...

good job listening to your body and taking it easy... hope it continues to feel better!

akshaye said...

Hope that gets better soon. Have you ever seen a specialist about it? I've heard the yoga thing works well..

Jess said...

Glad you were able to get a few miles in. Hope it starts to feel better soon!

Ms. V. said...

Waaah. I'm not getting your feed!!!

I will have to come back manually!

I'm doing Yoga today. Hooray for cross-training!

Colleen said...

Sounds like you are definitely doing what needs to be done - ease back into it, take care of yourself after the runs, and hopefully you'll be back to it in no time!

Nicole said...

Good effort on the run. Best of luck strengthening.

Steve Stenzel said...

I hope it's feeling better! Take it easy and smart!!

Danielle said...

Have you seen a doctor? Sometimes it does help!! It's how I had my ITBS diagnosed and properly treated ages ago...of course now the whole PF that I might have hasn't been official diagnosed even though I've seen a dr...