The knee on the left of the picture is the one that is not painful. The knee on the right is. And that’s after a week of not running….
Things are really depressing at this point. I didn’t run all week. I didn’t run yesterday. My knee is stiff and swollen. I can probably run without pain today, but am not sure it’s worth it. I mean seriously. It’s not I’m going to gain any speed and/or fitness before my half marathon next Sunday.
I think a reset is in order. Long Beach HM next Sunday then two weeks off to let this sucker heal for good. Then I’ll hit the restart button. As from the beginning.
But, for the time being, I’m following the suggestions from sportsinjuryclinic.net:
- Apply RICE (Rest, ice compression and elevation) after activity. This will help reduce pain and swelling.
- Rest until there is no pain (this is very important).
- Use a knee support or heat retainer (with an open knee and patella buttress).
(P.S.: If you haven’t checked out that website, you should. There is a wealth of pertinent information on ortho injuries and issues.)
I think it all serves me right. If you recall a few weeks ago my plan was to run shorter and more frequently. I came to this conclusion after What do I do? Run longer less frequently. And I’m the one usually preaching patience….