Monday, October 12, 2009

Testing .... testing ....

My plans for this evening was to take full advantage of my bike on the trainer. You see, the temps dropped to the thirties this weekend. I spent a good amount of time cleaning up the spare room (again... how does it get so cluttered when it's not being used?), setting up the old 19" tv my dad gave me (that needs a VCR to work), and the trainer with the bike on it.


So, when I got home from work around 430, I quickly changed into my cycling gear and was ready to pump out a good hour while catching PTI & SportsCenter. :) About 10 minutes into my ride it became very difficult to pedal, so I loosened the tension on the trainer. That didnt' make a difference and the gears started to grind and it became harder and harder to ride. What the heck?

Obviously I had to can my ride. I was too frustrated to run it over to the LBS today, so I will have to take care of that tomorrow. I ate dinner and pouted over my unsuccessful ride.

Two hours later I changed my attitude and headed for the gym. I needed to get in a workout. NEEDED BADLY.


And I ran.... the first time in two weeks and second time in about 5 weeks. Yes. I. RAN.

Now, I only ran about 1 mile total, with a lot of walking, but it was better than nothing. I wore my orthotics and ran at a 1% incline, per the PT's request. The knee did not bother me like I expected, with the tightening around the knee.

After my run, I biked for about a half hour. It felt good.

Afterwards, I stretched a bit and realized that my legs really ached. Not a sore muscle feeling, but aching above my knees and at my hips. Any idea why this might be? I am icing my knees as I write this, more of a preventative measure.

17 comments:

Tracey- TropicalHappiness.com said...

It seems like the PT you went to gave you a LOT of good advice (I just read that post). It seems like he made a lot of sense and is interested in getting you healthy again without drastic measures! And I bet your run, no matter how short, felt good!

Badgergirl said...

Sorry to hear about the bike trainer. But yay for the run, even if it was short. It's all about the baby steps! Hope the aching feeling goes away.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

not sure what that aching is, but sometimes i have pain in my right hip. i think it might be signs of whatever muscle imbalance you might have that's also messing up your knee

D10 said...

Hope you figure out what is up with the bike trainer. But, great job heading to the gym and getting in a solid workout.

Jess said...

Hope you can get the bike/trainer fixed, but yay for getting a run in!

Wes said...

Good for you! Maybe you were aching from riding the bike coupled with whatever the PT had you do??!?

Marlene said...

I hear ya - ourt spare room(s) are so full of crap and nobody even uses them!

Good job on the run!! Hope you get your bike/trainer figured out.

J said...

Where "above" your knee does it hurt? i have had pain on my right knee, above the knee near the quad with the tendon. also if your hips hurt near the grown or upward from there into the hip bone that could be hip flexor.

i used this website to help:
http://injuredrunner.com/

It could be a hip weakness that could be causing your knee problems but Im not a PT so i am only going on personal experience...

RunnerGirl said...

Sorry to hear about the bike trainer, thank goodness my husband sets ours up for me or I'd be in trouble!

X-Country2 said...

Bummer about the bike trainer, but it sounds like the knee is doing better.

RunToTheFinish said...

hmm I am having some knee pain lately too, but it's not really a pain like my IT. I actually think it's just from a return to higher mileage...any chance yours is just from not running for 5 weeks? Maybe muscles were a little tight? damn are we getting old?

RunToTheFinish said...

hmm I am having some knee pain lately too, but it's not really a pain like my IT. I actually think it's just from a return to higher mileage...any chance yours is just from not running for 5 weeks? Maybe muscles were a little tight? damn are we getting old?

Kevin said...

Is it possible that your position on the bike at the gym was wrong. Poor bike positioning can wreak havoc on the knees

Laurel said...

Woo-hoo! Yay for getting that run in! I would kill for a one mile run right about now.

Runner Leana said...

Yay, you ran! That's awesome! Your hip flexors might be tight?

Jess said...

Sorry ot hear that plans for the trainer fell through, but yay for getting a run in!

The achiness could be the result of a variety of things, just monitor it and see if it persists or changes.

Marci said...

Yeah for getting a run in!