Monday, June 30, 2008

PT starts tonight

My physical therapy for my knee starts tonight and I have absolutely no idea what to expect. I'm a little bit nervous, but more antsy than anything. I want to get back to running again.

As far as workouts, I did yoga on Thursday. It was another excellent class.

I didn't do anything too exciting this weekend. Saturday I went in search of a dress to wear to my friend's wedding. I finally found the cutest black and white sun dress ever. It fits really well except it's a smidge big in the top so I'm considering taking it to get altered. The wedding is at the end of July so there should be enough time to get it done.

Saturday night I went out with some people from work. It was a good time, but for some reason Sunday morning when I woke up my knee really hurt. WTF? There was no dancing involved, so I'm not sure what could have happened while I was standing around at the bar??? Maybe the AC was too cold when I was sleeping and made it stiff. It bothered me off and on the rest of the day.

I had plenty of time to ice it down though when I was watching my DC United boys kick the crap out of David Beckham and the LA Galaxy (Whooo got to give a shout out to my fellow MD alum Marc Burch for playing one hell of a game including an excellent cross assisting in a goal...check it out on the highlight reel!) and watching the Euro 2008 Final. It was a good day for soccer.

Hasn't been so good lately for my Phils though. Come on boys pull it together.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

And the verdict is...

Physical Therapy...two to three times a week for the next four weeks.

How much does that suck?

But anyway let's back up for a minute so I can give you a run down of what happened at the doctor yesterday.

I have never had such great service at a doctor's office as I did at this place. They are a huge orthopedic and spine specialist operation that specializes in sports medicine, which is awesome.

I got in, did the paper work and then explained what happened to the nurse.

About two minutes later I was off getting X-rays taken. Then I was taken back to the room and the X-rays popped up on the computer screen there.

No more than five minutes later the doctor came in, introduced himself and I told him what was going on. He took a look at the X-rays, which he said looked great. So no problems with the bone. Whooo hoo! He also said my knees sit better in the knee socket than most females, which was good news for sure.

Then he had me lay down on the table and he moved my leg in a bunch of different directions and measured different angles and stuff. From there he determined that I have no problems with my ligaments or cartilage (also good news).

What he thinks happened is that my "knee cap tried to jump the track." What I got from that is that it tried to slide out of it's normal position so the tendons had to strain really super hard to hold it in place.

And the reason the tendons had to strain so hard is because they are attached to the quad, which because I don't lift with the lower body, after repeated beating from running was not strong enough to stabilize the tendons to help hold the knee cap in place. Soooo the tendons got majorly stressed.

(In my and many other runners' defenses, getting in the miles has always been more important and I was always afraid that my legs would be too sore after lifting that I wouldn't be able to get in a good run the next day.)

Physical therapy is going to help strengthen the quad muscles, it will help me run with good alignment to make sure the knee doesn't try to jump the track again and the therapist will teach me a certain method of taping the knee to help provide additional stabilization until the tendons have calmed down and the quads get stronger.

I start therapy Monday night.

As far as what I can do right now, the doc said anything that doesn't hurt it. That leaves me with swimming and yoga, which he highly encouraged.

He said the Rock N' Roll half isn't out of the picture yet. It will just depend how well I do with the therapy.

Seriously though he was an awesome doctor. He spent the time to sit down with me and explain to me exactly what the problem was and what we should do to fix it. When I asked him if I had to stop all activity he said the last thing he wanted to do was make an active person inactive. He also took the time to answer all of my questions and address any of my concerns. I got pretty lucky with that I think.

So yes, not being able to run sucks. Physical therapy is probably going to suck, but maybe I'll pick up some new things and hopefully I'll be back on the road to running again soon. I'll make sure to keep you posted.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Doc. Appt. tomorrow

Well my doctor's appointment is tomorrow. It's been two weeks since my last test run that failed miserably so I know I'm going to need to try to get something in tonight or tomorrow morning so I have something to report back to the doc. (Because if I tell him I haven't run in two weeks and I don't know where things stand I don't think that will be very helpful to him)

Don't worry though, I'm not going to do anything crazy. I'm going to go nice and slow and easy and stop as soon as I feel anything. I just want to have some specifics about where it hurts and what kind of pain so I can give me an accurate description.

It does seem a little twisted though that I'm going to go try to make my knee hurt so I can tell the doc. so we can make it better.

I really have nothing to write about on the running front. I'd post another DC United video, but I don't want to make anyone feel old.

P.S. Marcy...those guys are either like 22, 23, or 24..older than me haha.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

When I can't run

I watch many videos of my favorite DC United guys.

This one especially cracked me up. And let's not lie, Marc and Devon aren't bad on the eyes.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Double Creek Race Report

So has your goal for a race ever been to finish dead last? Right probably not.

But that was my job this weekend.

I volunteered to help out at a local running and biking event because I figured maybe it would send some good kharma toward my injured knee. Originally I was supposed to help man a water station, but at the last minute the volunteer coordinator sent me an e-mail and asked me if I would be the sweeper for the 5K.

She quite literally told me I could walk, trot or skip my way to the finish line, but I had to be dead last.

Easy enough, I thought. I'll just walk with the slowest walker figuring I'd finish within an hour.

Well an hour and 23 minutes later I was crossing the finish line.

I walked with this older woman who was overweight (she admitted it) and moving at a slow, but strenuous for her pace. She had to stop many times to rest on the course and she was crying because she had never done this poorly in a race. Her worst time previously had been an hour and ten minutes. Her best had been 58 minutes.

Her goal for this race was to break an hour. The front end of the pack passed us on the out and back course before we'd even reached mile one. You could just tell that was an emotional blow for this woman.

It was really heart wrenching to do this race with her. She kept telling me that if I hadn't been there she would have just stopped doing the race and got in the car with the EMT who was following us. She thanked me profusely when we finished, but I couldn't help thinking I didn't really do much but walk and offer an encouraging word now and then.

Her story was touching though. She'd lost her husband a few years ago when she was at her walking prime and just never picked back up to where she was. She thought she had been better trained than she was and now she's reconsidering some of the other races on her schedule.

She was so determined though to finish. And even though she didn't finish as well as she wanted, she still crossed the finish line and that was what mattered. I think that's probably a lesson for all of us. I mean we all have crappy days, when it's sunny and humid or we just bonk for some reason and are in general disappointed in our performance.

But starting the race and even finishing poorly is always better than never getting off the sofa.

Sorry that was a bit rambly.

I've got a doc. appointment next week to get the knee checked out. That was the earliest time I could get.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I've been tagged and other news

So Jamie tagged me a while about and I just kept forgetting. So it's about time I do this!

Here we go.

Here are the rules and my reply is just below. Tagging is easy. Just copy the following onto your post. The rules of the game are posted at the start of your blog post. In this case, I'm asking you 5 questions about running. Each player answers the 5 questions on their own blog. At the end of your post you tag 5 other people and post their names. Go to their blogs and leave a comment on their blogs telling them they've been tagged and to look at your blog for details. When they've answered the questions on their own blog, they come back to yours to tell you. Got that? Here goes.

1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?

Ten years ago I was 11 years old, and my main source of running was on the playground during recess in grade school. I played basketball and softball too and got some running in through that, but I definitely wasn't running then like I'm running now.

2. What is your best and worst run/race experience?

The worst: Does getting hurt and having to scratch a race count because if so that might be my worst. If not I guess my other worst experience was running the Virginia Beach Half Marathon last year with strep throat and a fever. I don't recommend waking up at 4 a.m. popping antibiotics and some Advil and Sudafed and then running 13.1 miles. Although I felt not nearly as sick afterward...hmmm.

The best: Finishing the Baltimore marathon in 2006. It's the first and only full marathon I've ever run and it's just about the best feeling ever to cross that finish line.

3. Why do you run?

I run for a lot of reasons, all of them probably stemming a little bit from my insanity. I think mainly though I run for the challenge. It doesn't matter how many races I've done, I still get butterflies in my stomach the night before and I still have to go the bathroom like five million times before the gun goes off because of nerves. Every new run is a chance to improve something, to go a longer distance, to beat an old time, to just a fun. I think that's why I run.

4. What is the best or worst piece of advice you've been given about running?

Worst - Run faster (not always bad, but in this case it was)

Best - Stretch, listen to your body and actually rest on your rest days.

5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.

Last fall I took 3 day trips from Maryland to North Carolina, varying from 5 to 7 hours one way, to follow our soccer team to their away games. Yes, my friends and I have problems. (not sure I'd do the same thing now with gas prices as expensive as they are.)

I tag: Java, Teacherwoman, M*J*C, Denise and POM

Monday, June 09, 2008

Casino Driving

I'm feeling a little bit like Casino Drive this morning. Don't follow horse racing? He's the one who had to scratch the Belmont Stakes at the last minute.

How am I similar to said horse you may ask? Well I'm thisclose to scratching the Baltimore 10-Miler because of my stupid knee. But before we get to that, I'm going to focus on the positive of this weekend -- that besides running it was awesome and I accomplished a ton.

Friday I hit a rocking spin class and it felt so good. I was sweating like crazzzy, but was working my butt off and I liked it haha.

Saturday I played tennis for about an hour and a half with a friend from work. It was insanely sunny and hot outside leading to unfortunate sunburn lines. I was wearing a sleeveless Under Armour top (who's surprised?)and my shoulders are really red and there's a very distinct line between red and ghostly white haha. It doesn't hurt too badly though.

Sunday was the day I was going to test out the knee. I headed out around 9ish and it was already 86 degree so I made sure to carry some water with me. I started off fairly slowly just trying to take my time. After little more than a mile I could feel something twinging in my knee. S of a B. I didn't want to push it so I headed home raving mad.

Because I was pissed off at my knee, I decided to head to the gym for some nonimpact stuff. Did an hour of yoga and about 40 minutes or so of laps.

Because I am stupid/was antsy from sitting around/am extremely stubborn/figured if my knee was hurt already what the hell was more tennis going to do for it, I went out Sunday night and played about 30 minutes or so of tennis. It was a good thing it got dark when it did.

Anyway, going to try to make an appointment with an orthopedic dude sometime. Goody goody.

Please kill me now.

Spinning this morning was fine, but then it started to bother my knee. What the heck else is new? I"m swimming tomorrow because at least that can't mess anything up.


Friday, June 06, 2008

A swim and a spin

Edit: Hey all make sure to check out M*J*C's new blog. She's a Terp alum (which means she's obviously awesome) who just registered for her first marathon!

Soccer was canceled Wednesday because the weather was very monsoon like. Yesterday was nicer, but hot and very very humid. I decided to head to the pool to swim some laps, which is something I haven't done in a good long time.

I found a pretty basic plan on some Web site somewhere scribbled it down and then ran out the door to the gym. The plan called for 1200 meters, which I figured was a pretty decent distance. It consisted of some arm and leg drills and then a bunch of 100's and 150's. The workout felt good. It was nice to be back in the pool again.

This morning was one of those mornings where you wake up and you can't figure out where you are. My alarm went off, and I was really disoriented, but once I figured out that I was in my bed and that it was my alarm making that strange noise, I realized it was time for spinning.

The instructor kicked my butt like wow. I was literally dripping in sweat by the time I finished. I don't think I've ever sweat that much working out, ever.

I am going to run this weekend. It will have officially been two weeks no since my knee first started hurting and I think it's time to test it out. My race is only two weeks away, and I need to see if I'm going to be able to finish.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


For some reason unknown to me, I woke up ready to face the day at 3 a.m. Seriously it wasn't cool. I tried to fall back to sleep, but gave up at 4 a.m. and thought maybe I would try to read and eventually fall back to sleep. Well no such luck there either so at 5:20 a.m. I got dressed and went to the gym.

I hadn't been to spin class in about a month and a half because when the weather gets nice, who wants to be inside in a gym? I'd much rather be outside running.

But as I'm sidelined with this knee thing running was out of the picture.

Spinning was great. The regulars had missed me and asked me where I'd been, which made me smile.

Tonight I'm supposed to have a soccer game (if it doesn't thunderstorm). I'm going to play, but if the knee starts acting up I'm going to stop. I'm hoping that running on the grass will be a nice easy way to break it in.

If things go well tonight, I'm planning on trying a short run tomorrow.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Knee, Weight Loss and Green

Just a quick post today.

I didn't run this weekend again because the knee is still acting up. It may be time for me to actually get it checked by a doc. Ugh, if I spend the money on an appointment, only to be told just to rest it some more I'm going to be angry.

Today (or I guess yesterday) kicks off Viv's Weight Loss Challenge. This is fabulous timing because it will help me get closer to my wonderful new bike.

My blog is green! I stumbled across this sweet movement when I was doing some research for work. I thought it was great and so I slapped it on my blog. If you're big into the green stuff (or just try to be mindful of it when you can) check out the 350 Challenge.