I’ve neglected my blog for a bit now… Mainly because I’m frustrated with a knee injury that I can’t quite recover from. I really enjoy running and I’m supposed to be training for a half marathon next month, but I can’t run more than 3 miles. At the 3-mile mark, my knee starts to hurt. And, it’s not a “you can run through it” hurt – it’s sharp pain every time my foot lands.
While I’ve added more information about my current woes below, here are my key takeaways:
- See a doctor when you need to. While many injuries do get better on their own, keep tabs on your body and heed its warnings. If you aren’t getting better, seek help
- Don’t be afraid to try other activities. While I had no plans to get back into biking after a very long hiatus, that’s where I am. And, it’s allowing me to continue exercising while giving my knee a break
- Strength training is important, injury or not. Do it. Trust me!
I’ve been relegated to biking, which made me mad at first. I started biking begrudgingly… Because I had to. Now, I’m a month in and am starting to enjoy it. With this knee situation, I think I’ll need to continue doing more biking, so I have started to look for a proper road bike. That, in and of itself, is kind of fun. 🙂
With the bike, I definitely get to go further. And, faster. I’ve also gained a bit more perspective on sharing the trail. As a runner, I am continually frustrated by cyclists who whiz by very close or who don’t warn when they pass. And, don’t get me started on the pairs or groups who take up the whole trail and don’t care about you even when they see you coming. As a cyclist, I acknowledge that not everyone is paying attention to their surroundings and you have to watch out for them. I warn every time I pass, whether it’s a walker, running, or other cyclist. It feels all to easy to end up in an accident.
I also begrudgingly went to the doctor, who recommended physical therapy. I have been doing that for 3 weeks now and I am starting to feel more positive about recovery. The physical therapist is helping me build up leg strength. Not just in my knee. He’s focusing on my hips as well because they can help stabilize my running gait.
It’s not easy. And, I did go on a 3-mile run this morning. It went well. No pain. While I am definitely planning to participate in next month’s half marathon, I’m not sure if I’ll be running or walking. I am hoping to come up with a run-walk plan that will pan out. I am also looking forward to getting back to my trail running – much more interesting scenery. 🙂 So, onward and upward I suppose.
Any tips on recovering from a knee injury? I’d love to hear them.