Most of you know by now that I have bursitis of the knee. I’m living in a sort of ‘Runners Hell.’ I haven’t run in 5-6 weeks and am heading to Ireland to run the Connemarathon next Sunday. It should be interesting.
Ive been reading a lot.
I can hear a few of you, “Baker, that sounds like a bad idea. What if you hurt your knee even more?” Excellent point!
Before we talk about safety lets address the cause of my knee problem. At first, I thought I had injured it from doing a speed workout 1 week prior to the Gasparilla Half. Then, after researching ‘Chondromalacia patellae’ which is one of my ailments I came across an interesting sentence. ‘Skateboarders most commonly experience this injury in their non-dominant foot due to the constant kicking and twisting required of it.’ Oh snap! I looked back at my trusty Daily Mile log and sure enough, the same week I did the speed workout I had skateboarded to work for the first time in months!
My dear Watson, we’ve done it, The Case of the Curious Knee, solved!
Drink Coke, not Pepsi.
For the last 10 days I have been icing my knee every hour, on the hour, for 10 minutes and eating Advil as a snack food. I have not done any strenuous exercise aside from swimming and core work. I have been a really good patient, I even skipped a race.
Now for the good news! I just went out for a run as the knee pain is non-existent the last few days. I ran 1/2 of a mile with zero pain! Then, a slight ‘twinge’ so I stopped just for safety sake.
The end is near my friends, I can feel it!
I will, however, not run the Connemarathon if there is pain present. I am coming home with hardware though, so I might just loosen my ego and power walk the hell out of the course! Look out!