Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Knee Update - Martha

Remember that fullness I was having in my knee the day after that ridiculous 20-mile trek? I actually took a moment later on Sunday to look at my knee (what a doctor I am) and noticed it was definitely swollen on the lateral side. I was so bummed! I pushed my finger into the puffiness and it didn't hurt – at least I had that going for me. So then, I spent the next few minutes rationalizing why my knee should be swollen. I did run 20 miles after all…and I did a lot of jumping on and off snow banks to avoid the cars...and I did run a faster pace than I usually do (always blame the husband). So, I took several Motrin and slipped into my doctor-in-denial world. On Monday, my knee was still swollen but less so. I decided to confess to Coach Bob when he caught me in the hallway at work to ask me how the run went on Saturday. I asked him when he thought I should try running on it again and he suggested I take a few days off. “Like my son's coach tells him, I'm going to tell you - you're day to day,” he says.

So, this morning I looked at my knee, trying to decide if it would betray me again. The swelling was basically gone and the sun was out. I am just back in the house from a test run of four miles on dry roads. It feels ok but I guess only time will tell. I'm usually not a “day to day” kind of thinker, but I guess I need to learn how to be one if I'm going to get through this.


carol chaoui said...

Hi Martha - A quick comment to let you know that we LOVE reading the blogs written by you and Heidi. My long runs with other members of the club seem shorter as we discuss in detail how much we really cherish those entries!!!
I would suggest ice and elevation for your knee if you have not already done so. Also, I find that taking Emer-Gen-C with Glucosamine/Chondroitin helps and topical Arnica Gel.
Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I'm no doctor, but I'd second Coach Bob's advice for a bit of rest and Carol's adivce of ice. A bag of fozen peas on the knee would feel great!

Take it slow - you've already got two 20-milers under your belt so you're ahead of the game at this point...