I had a follow-up appointment at the Doctor’s office this morning. So here’s the break down of what’s going on and what I’m supposed to do:
- Very sore knee/shin
- Somewhat sore thigh
- Fatigued thigh while walking
- Still taking anti-inflammatory meds so that my leg doesn’t throb
- Can’t walk up stairs or step up on curbs
- No skipping/jumping NO RUNNING!
- Strength training (45degree angle wall sits/lunges/squats). This will hopefully strengthen my quads and help my knee.
- Walking on the treadmill starting with 1 mile at a time…no running/skipping/hopping while there is pain
- Biking with little resistance and I’m supposed to raise my seat/move it back so that my legs don’t bend up high (again to help support my knee)
- Basically do what I can within reason while tolerating as much knee and thigh pain as I can. (which isn’t much)
I was told that it would be in my best interest to start strength training for my legs. My muscle has become very weak (which is the reason for the fatigue when I walk) and needs to be built back up. This will hopefully help with the knee pain which the doctor thinks is occurring because I’m over-compensating when I walk for my weak thigh.
Basically, it was nothing that I wanted to hear. I wanted to hear.. “I have a magical pill for you that you can take and you’ll be running by tomorrow…YAY.” What I got was..we’ll try the above mentioned things for another 4 WEEKS and then we’ll talk more seriously about MRI’s and steroid shots for you knee. No thank you to the steroid shots!
I for sure will not be running in the San Antonio Rock n Roll half. At best, I can hope to walk the 13.1 miles. This is extremely disheartening to me and makes me almost not want to even try to walk it but we paid the money and I feel like I need to get something out of it. So if I can, I will walk it.
Honestly, to me walking seems almost harder than running. I feel like it is going to be a huge mental challenge for me. Even more so that the fights and bribing that go on in my head while running. I’m going to need a LOT of willpower to keep walking when I know I will secretly want to just walk over to the sidelines and cheer on the other runners. So if you are running the 1/2 or the full marathon (marathoners..you will pass me) be nice to the cripple, hobbling girl and give her some love, mmk? Thanks!
One thing that I do feel good about is getting the go ahead from the doctor to get back into the gym. I have been taking it VERY easy because I was afraid of reinjuring myself (there is still a chance of that so I have to listen to my body) but now that he has said that this would be really good for me, I plan on getting back to the gym today and walking and strength training. I really haven’t felt like myself the past few weeks because of the lack of working out. My energy has been down, I have gained weight, and I’m just not my happy go lucky self. I find myself eating more sweets than I normally would which only fuels the bad feelings. There is no escaping the benefits of a regular workout routine. It really is like night and day to my body.
My advice to every runner/biker out there…Strength training is your friend. Embrace it and love it. Spend a lot of time doing it. I realized that way too late.
In other news…My sweet husband took me out to breakfast this morning to make of for the bad news doctor appointment. I still had to work a half day so we stopped at Buffalo Grille on the way to the office.
The food was fantastic. I had 2 eggs(which was actually more like 4 eggs) some hash browns that I didn’t eat (it was like 2 potatoes worth and they’re just not really my thing but came with the meal), an English muffin that I devoured and a slice of some excellent French toast. Oh and the best toasted cinnamon coffee EVER! So good and totally put me in a better mood.
These pictures came out super blurry…That’s what you get for using camera phones and trying to take pictures super fast so you don’t get the side eye from your husband.