Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Two Steps Back

Last Thursday I graduated from physical therapy because I had been running (taped) pain-free up to 5 miles.  That night I headed downtown for a 3 miler with my friend Sara. I felt a slightly different pain on the same knee during the run which felt like the tape might be a bit tight and pulling, so I didn't worry about it very much. Unfortunately, I had the dreaded knee pain that night and following day.
Naturally, on Saturday I didn't rest. My knee felt better and honestly, I was so annoyed about the injury returning that I figured I might as well get my scheduled 7 miles in and just deal with the pain to follow. The pain ended up being far worse than before and there was quite a bit more swelling despite ice and ibuprofen. Today is Wednesday, 4 days later and it still isn't right. I realize it was foolish running 7 miles on Saturday but hey, what's done is done. I saw that looming training schedule and that pressure plus frustration lead me to cave in and risk it.
Now I'm taking more time off from running while continuing my stretching and strength training in hopes that I might still be able to do Bayshore half at the end of May. If I don't come back in time I'll enjoy being a cheerleader for my friends and family running that race. Then I'll work up slowly for a late summer or early fall half.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear you've had a set back! You have a great attitude towards it though and I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  2. Stay positive Beth, I know how frustrating injury is.

  3. Dang it, Beth!!! I'm so sorry - Jeanne told me last night. The thing is, it's so hard to know when a pain is okay and when it's not. It's not like running is comfortable and it makes it so hard to differntiate the okay from the bad.
    xxOO Eliz

  4. I'm really sorry to hear this. sounds like you have the right attitude and plan of action in place. wishing you a speedy recovery Beth!