Wednesday, May 11, 2011
About to Pee My Pants
Stoked to be three sleeps away from running my first ultra marathon! I took a week off to rest my knee, consulted a physiotherapist as well as my doctor. I am fortunate to have a doctor that runs ironman triathlons. Got lots of running advice as well as medical advice from him. He told me if my knee deteriorates to a limp during the race to call it quits. Not sure if I can do that - I am stubborn enough to finish what I start. However to hear it come from someone who understands the training effort and excitement of the event and damage that could result - it weighs more heavily on the decision. As a result, I was really bummed out about the knee situation, how it felt and having to rest it for a week. Yesterday I ran for an hour and fully expected it to swell up like a balloon afterward. It felt a bit nasty for first half hour of the run - meaning I was really getting down thinking I would have to make the call to not race. If I couldn't do an hour without soreness how would I do 10 hours. Then the strangest thing happened....my knee started to feel better, and better and better. By the end of the run it felt strong and pain free. I tried to reason in my head that it must be inflammation starting thus reducing the grinding and pain from grinding. However I waited for it to swell and it has not. I do not understand what is wrong with the knee. Very strange. When moving about throughout the day, I feel sharp pains every so often in the inside of my knee but to walk up and downstairs it doesn't hurt at all. Anyway, I don't care why or how it feels better - I just care that it does. Now I am crazy excited about the weekend!