February, February, February…I just don’t know how I feel about you anymore February.
Good: I swam a total of 21,400 yards (12 miles) in February.
Bad: I broke our yearly Valentine’s tradition of Cross Country Skiing with my husband.
Good: I finally got a full hour in on the Arc Trainer PAIN-FREE. (This is pretty huge).
Bad: I keep getting awful knots in my calves after a swim.
Good: I had two full weeks of being 99% pain free. By Friday February 25th I was feeling confident about this recovery ordeal.
Bad: Two days later, (SEE, I jinxed it) I went for a 4 mile walk, where I did a lot of stepping down from tall snow banks. I stepped down onto my left leg—the good one, or what used to be the good one. Today it was achy, but ended up getting better as the day progressed.
Good: The right knee (the bad one) is still fine, even after an hour on the Arc Trainer.
Today, as I dwell on my mildly achy left knee, I’m beginning to wonder if my body is just done with long distance running. I mean, if my knees can’t handle stepping down from a snow bank, there’s no way they’re ever going to be good enough for long distance running again. That’s not illogical thinking, is it?
Or maybe old age is hitting me. I want to deny that I’m getting old, because I’m TWENTY-NINE, not fifty-nine. Pain in the joints is an old person problem. Oh, and I use anti-wrinkle cream. Oh, and I started taking Osteo Bi-Flex pills. This certainly can’t be illogical thinking either.
Though, there’s this girl who goes by @thatpinkgirl on Twitter. She has my hopes flickering a wee bit. She has gone through the same injury as I am, petellofemoral pain syndrome. She was generous to Email me her story, where she describes a lot of the same experiences as I’m having with it. While training for her first marathon she didn’t know the difference between long-run-soreness and OMG-that’s-severe-pain-I-should-stop. One incident was that she actually collapsed during a run because her knee would not support her anymore. That was her cue to see the doctor.
Like every other injured runner she was prescribed a strength training regimen by her physical therapist. Today @thatpinkgirl is running healthy and strong. She has 5 full marathons under her belt. Yesterday she finished her first 50k ultra, CONGRATULATIONS!! And please, I beg you to go congratulate her at iamthatpinkgirl.blogspot.com
@thatpinkgirl’s success in overcoming the injury and moving onto bigger, better things is inspiring to me. She’s a regular girl who loves to run, someone I can relate with. She’s a girl whose footsteps I want to follow.