I know you’ve all been eagerly waiting for an update on my knee! Well, I have one!

I made an appointment with Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, per Athletico’s recommendation, and while the practice sounds extremely impressive, they couldn’t get me in for a month. At first I thought, no biggie, if I’m not running, I’m not running. But, I wanted answers sooner rather than later – I was starting to get paranoid that other types of exercise might be further aggravating my knee, and how do I know what’s safe to do? Do I just sit here, not working out at all and drink away my sorrows? But then four different fellow runners (and bloggers) recommended Chicago Primary Care Sports Medicine, and I was able to get an appointment Thursday morning.

I don’t remember exactly what Dr N said, but the gist is that my left (bad) knee goes (trails? buckles?) in. So that’s causing problems. So, literally, my leg is a little bit jacked. I also have weak glutes. So it’s back to Athletico I go, this time for Physical Therapy, starting tomorrow. I have a follow-up appointment with the doctor in a month. He said I can keep running as long as the pain doesn’t get worse. I haven’t run since the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half, although I have been biking and going to CrossTown Fitness. I’m still a little bit nervous about running, because as of late, running = pain.

I’m probably not going to jump back into my marathon training plan as written. I’ll likely try to run 3 times per week, and make up the lost mileage with swimming. And of course do the strength my PT recommends, get in some classes at CTF, and do yoga, stretching, foam rolling and all that. And we’ll see how it goes. If there is pain, and there likely will be at least for the immediate future, I’m not going to suffer through it. If the pain goes away and I still have time to get in decent training, then we’ll keep going. So, I could run the marathon this year, or not.

I don’t have all the answers, but at least I know I can keep working out. It doesn’t appear to be some crazy stress fracture or ruptured tendon or something scary like that. But I think he might be on to something with this trailing in left knee.

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