I find it a little bit amusing that I turned 35 (on Tuesday) and on Wednesday I had an appt to get my knees evaluated. Welcome to middle age Liz! I went to a local clinic that specializes in orthopedic care who has taken good care of Mr. Goat and my in-laws before. For my trouble I got an xray which told me what I already knew, that I did not have any breaks or any major misalignment in my knees.
Instead my pain appears to be a function of excessive use and the recommendation was ice, elevation, ibuprofen and more training to keep getting stronger. This is a great outcome. There was a chance there might be a minor strain or tear going on in there, but based on the reduced swelling and reducing pain over the days since the 3-day the Dr. said that the treatment might be worse than the disease at this point.
My left knee in particular is still sore and doesn’t always want to do what I tell it to, but it is improving. I hope to get out this weekend for a trial walk/run and then start my training for my upcoming races after E1 starts Kindergarten!
Thanks to my ambassadorship with Enell, I am going to be running my first 10K in about a month. I also have at least 1 5k on the books (the Monster Dash) and I found out yesterday that E1′s school does a September 5k for fundraising, so I may do that too. I want to get some outside running in before it gets cold. Mr. Goat is training for an Oct half marathon too and is doing great. We’ll be alternating some running evenings in the next few weeks!
I have to tell you, I struggled a bit on the 3-day about having to sweep and listening to my body. It felt like failing, however after sharing this thought with the other walkers they all reminded me that I am crazy (in a kind way). The 3-day is not about walking every mile, but instead it is about raising awareness, funds and support for people with breast cancer and the researchers who are trying to cure it. The real work is done prior to the 3-day and the actual walk is a celebration of walking with and for all the people whose lives are touched by breast cancer.
And after all, I still walked roughly 48 miles, partially on complaining knees. So I wouldn’t say I was exactly a slacker!
This was my first experience needed some medical care during an event or training. I want to give major props to the Susan G. Komen 3-day folks for bringing in an amazing VOLUNTEER medical team for the event. I truly think that the care I got made it possible to finish the event. I also think I learned a good lesson about stopping if something hurts to get it evaluated. It is far easier to fix something before you are hobbled! And once you know that nothing serious is going on then you can still push through the pain to finish strong.
I learned some good lessons from my knees this week and I am excited to get running and on to my next training routine (“sentences I never thought I’d say for 1000, Alec”) Hopefully my knees won’t give me much trouble in the next challenges. Of course I won’t be walking 20 miles a day so there is that!