You win, knee

I was super excited that last Saturday’s run seemed so pain free! I still planned to take it “easy” this week, but I thought I was on the road to getting back to normal and wouldn’t have to skip any races.

I was wrong. And I knew I was wrong, because it still felt a little tender later in the day after the run. But we are stubborn runners.

On Monday, I commuted via bike to and from work. 12 miles total. And then it was Pint Night (er, $3 cans night?), so I biked up to Fleet Feet (barely a mile) to meet the crew for a 3 mile fun run. Knee was feeling OK. Until we stopped for a train about 2 miles in.


The L is street level in some places. Photo source: Anne

When we started running again … I felt it. My knee thing. My knee had feelings. It wanted to share them. Damn emo knee.

So I talked to “coach” who has had her share of experience with injuries all over. She said it sounded inflammed (and it feels inflammed) and it needs rest. From everything. So no running, no biking, nothing that will aggravate the knee. I can swim. I can water jog. (So I guess I need to buy a lap swimming pass from the Chicago Park District.) I should ice. I should consume stuff that is anti-inflammatory. Ibuprofen? Turmeric?

We agreed that I should not run until May 31. That’s when summer marathon training with CES starts. So that’s 10 days of no running. And now, coach’s orders, no biking. (Really wish I had access to a rowing machine.) I sat on the L yesterday morning and briefly had a dude’s crotch way too close to my face and really really really wanted to be on a bike instead.

I was looking forward to participating in the Corporate Challenge this Thursday because I’m finally working for a company that participates. No dice. But no biggie, I’m told it’s not that serious of a “race” so much as a corporate block party in Grant Park.

But I was really  looking forward to the Soldier Field 10 on Saturday. Even with my lackluster running as of late, I really enjoyed that race the last time we did it. I was really looking forward to finishing on the 50 yard line, regardless of my finish time. I thought maybe I could do the race anyway, and then just rest until Ragnar on June 6. But that would be stupid. I’m registered for a marathon. I’m registered for a team relay event. I need to focus on being able to complete those things. So, before I could talk myself out of it, I made arragements for my SF10 bib to eliminate the temptation if the knee “feels fine.”

It’s not the end of the world, and as I saw last week with a little bit of rest, the knee will improve. It just needs more time. If you need me, I’ll be on the L catching up on reading playing Candy Crush Saga.

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19 Comments on “You win, knee”

  1. If we’d only been a few seconds faster and crossed the tracks before the gates went down, maybe your knee would be fine. 🙂 Anyway, here’s to a speedy recovery.

  2. Oh man, so sorry to hear your knee is still bugging you 🙁 It definitely sucks that you have to miss Soldier Field, but you’re right about the marathon and Ragnar — those are way more important to stay healthy for than a race that rolls around every May. Feel better soon!

  3. Pete’s right, let’s blame the CTA! Resting until the end of the month, though annoying, seems like a pretty solid plan. I hope it helps!

  4. Bah! Sorry about the race, that sounds like a fun one. You’re smart though. Smarter than me. Here’s to…more time for beer drinking during your recovery? I hear that’s a fine anti-inflammatory.

  5. Bummer you have to miss SF 🙁 I hope the rest helps! What did your coach think about still doing Ragnar? That seems really soon! 🙁

  6. Knees often prefer hip-strengthening exercises! (Like clams) And they like it when you foam roll your quads. 😉

    Good luck! Rest now, save the rest of your summer running. 🙂

  7. So sorry to hear about your knee! I’ve been having some weird on-and-off knee aches lately too, and the pains subside whenever I do strength-training exercises for my hips and lower back. Oh and foam rolling around the knee area has worked wonders for me as well. Sending good vibes your way!

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