Thursday, April 8, 2010

Knee Pain – Maureen

I'm going to echo everyone else's sentiments about the weather... you really couldn't beat it this past weekend. I'm not a fan of being all bundled up to run, so throwing on shorts and a t-shirt was very refreshing (although I'm sure I blinded a few drivers with the sun reflecting off my winter white legs).

I went back for a follow-up with Carl in Physical Therapy last Friday because I was having some numbness in the same hip that was giving me trouble during my training runs. Aside from being annoying, it's not bothersome but I wanted to make sure it wasn't anything serious... luckily everything seemed to check out fine.

Since I was still a little wary of my knee, I decided to cut my long run down to 15 miles last Saturday, instead of 20. My uncle joined me again and we ran from Newton-Wellesley to Coolidge Corner and back.... or at least that was the plan. I made it about eight miles before I started feeling a sharp pain in my left knee. We stopped to walk a few times over the next three miles before I finally had to throw in the towel and stop running because it was that painful. Thankfully I had my uncle with me because he ran ahead, got his car and came back to get me. The pain went away by the next day but I'm not going to lie, I was feeling a tad dejected. The next two weeks I am just going to focus on getting in a few easy low mileage runs, continuing my stretching and strengthening, and getting lots of rest. Carl and Amber in Physical Therapy have been super helpful and I've been receiving lots of encouraging words from people, which means a lot to me. Regardless of my injuries, so far this whole experience has been amazing and I am absolutely looking forward to what my first Marathon Monday will be like!


Nancy Picard said...

Hello. I have been reading the posts on this site. I trained for Boston 10 years ago, and I have to admit, have many more injuries training for this one. The last American female to have won the race is going be running - it's the 25th anniversary of her win. For some inspiration, you may want to see Good luck to you. It is a fun race. I ran it 10 years ago. Please check out this site for some inspiration for the last American woman to have won the race - You can see footage of the race on the site.

Have fun. It's a fun race, esp. by Wellesley. It will make all the aches and pains worth it - just don't go too fast downhill...

Nancy Picard

bettyfaherty said...

we're all rooting for you...getting all our signs ready for you and michael

bettyfaherty said...

everyone is rooting for you...getting all our signs ready