Down On My Knees
After all the years of making up excuses to avoid exercising, karma has bitten me on the ass…or actually, slammed me with a hammer in the kneecaps.
I was love, love, loving my half marathon training. Even running in the extreme heat we’ve had this summer, I was doing it and not feeling like I had to fight with myself to do it. My 19 year old daughter signed on to do the training and the half itself as well, adding a whole other dimension of awesome to the process. This is an extremely doable program…even when we get to race day, we’ll be walking 3 minutes and walking 2 throughout the 13 miles.
A week ago today, we had our longest run yet, 5 miles. It was a really, really hot day, and I was nervous about that, but we suited up and headed out to do it (which for me is 90% of the battle). The route we chose was more hilly than we realized, and after our first couple of “sets” (4 minutes walking/1 minute running), I was getting a little nervous about whether I could finish. But, after a little longer I hit my stride and new I could do it and started really having fun. We were running on sloped roadways, and for a little while my shins were screaming, but once I switched to the other side of the road and stretched it a little, the pain subsided and I felt like I could conquer the world. Running with a great friend and my amazing daughter through really gorgeous countryside…it was heaven.
Two days later, my daughter and I got up early and headed down to a riverfront path to do our next run, 32 minutes with 3/1 intervals. My knees were a little sore, but nothing more than I expected after the long hilly run. Again, another awesome experience.
I went to a good running shoe store on Monday (before the pain was really bad) to try and get new shoes, see if that was the problem. The guy there gave me some shoes to try and told me to run outside a little to try them out. I was able to run three steps and had to stop, the pain was so bad. I didn’t get new shoes, because I couldn’t really get a feel for them with my knees screaming.
Since then, over the past week, every day my knees hurt more, to the point that negotiating the stairs is a problem and I can’t really function without round the clock doses of ibuprofen. If I forget to walk carefully and turn my knee at all, screaming pain. Running has not been an option.
I have an appointment with an orthopedist today, and I’m excited to hopefully get some answers and relief, but I just can’t figure out what the hell is going on. I don’t understand why the pain is still getting progressively worse, almost a week since my last run. Both knees are pretty equally painful, which makes me think I didn’t tear something or anything like that (I would expect that to be one knee or the other). I know that with where my weight is (180 lbs), some pain in my knees and hips and ankles is inevitable, but not this much. I asked the guy at the running store if I should even be running at this weight…he said that with the program we are doing, really easing into it, I should be fine, as long as I get really good shoes and stay off hills. If the doctor today tells me I need to lose 30 pounds before I can start running, I am going to cry.
The worst thing is that I want to get back to running. I was loving this program so much, and I have been so motivated by the goal of the half marathon in October. Any thoughts or advice any of you have would be so appreciated.