If you’ve read my marathon recap, you’ll know that my knee almost put me down. At mile 20 (that would have sucked).
I finally went to the Sports Medicine Clinic to see the physician there, since my knee has still been feeling bunk. I’m afraid to run on it.
He examined my knees. Had me squat and twist. Asked me a bunch of questions. I told him one of my knees always starts hurts at mile 10. He continued to examine my knee.
Diagnosis: Told me my knees were sloppy and that my meniscus was weak/shot. Told me my knee was really loose. Asked me if I hurt it before in a previous injury. But said, “no”. It was likely all hereditary.
Plan of Action: Then told me ‘not to run past 10-miles anymore. No more marathons’ and try some ‘quad strengthening exercises’. We discussed the possibility of surgery.
But in the long run is not worth it. I agree. I wasn’t really wanting to make that an option anyway. I just wanted the okay to start running again to enjoy this fall weather.
How I feel about it
I’ve actually been kind of bummed about it. Which is reason why I delayed writing about it. I thought this was gonna be my ‘new’ sport to personally trump. To see how far I could take it.
I know becoming a seasoned runner doesn’t happen overnight. And this is no reason to give it up. But I really do feel kind of down, because running really helped me during my recent journey (see #3) and inspired my creativity & problem-solving skills.
And my next move was an ultra in 2014.
It’s been a month since my marathon, but I still feel the ache behind my knee.
So in the meantime, I’ve been cooking, painting, hanging out with friends, making my home feel comfortable and reading LOTs of Books. Don’t get me wrong the downtime has been nice. But if I keep eating without the movement, its gonna show soon!
(But Christine, you can do other types of exercises! I know, I know)
I mean, I can still go back to running. I can even add some more 5K & 10Ks to the list of races. Who knows maybe I will be able to eventually add some more long distances races to my list once I build myself up… but my plans for becoming a destination marathoner are on hold for now.
I am still trying to accept this ‘diagnosis’. My mind always is one to make big goals and achieve them fast. Now, I’m not going to be able to do that. I need to change my tactic. Its new for me.
Spiritual growth, I assume I can look at it in this manner. Am I the only one to see a spiritual lesson in all of this?
Learning to make more manageable and achievable goals.
If I know one thing about me, I am not gonna stay bummed about this knee issue.
And learning to make smaller goals and more manageable goals is a good thing for me. I’ve been telling myself for years that I need to practice this. And to do with out expecting results.
=> My goal is to not have a goal but to keep moving in progression.
I’m going back to practicing yoga. Adding strength training back in. I will continue cooking, hiking trails, drinking coffee, eating oatmeal and running minimal distances on the trails.
Still sounds like a great life to me!
Question: But seriously, I was bummed out. Do you happily find another sport, mix up a fitness regimen or rebel against the injury?
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