Yesterday morning I woke up, taped my knee, warmed up, strapped on my Garmin and ran. My plan was to do more than 3 miles to test out my knee using the new taping technique and shoe inserts. I was quite nervous going out. Would it work? I am happy to report SUCCESS!
Five miles done with ZERO knee pain! Woot! Woot!
As a follow up to yesterday’s post, I wanted to talk about a vital part of my rehab for my runner’s knee. I mentioned that my VMO (vastus medialis oblique) is not as strong as it should be. This has lead to poor patella tracking. A normal knee will point forward as you squat down. Mine points to the side. So how do you target the VMO? Single leg squats and lunges are a great way. For me, I’ve found that these exercises aren’t enough. Here are two more exercises that really isolate the VMO and will hopefully get me back to running long distances.
And yes, I do have the maturity level of a 13 year old boy because I giggle when I say ‘balls.’
Have a fabulous weekend! Enjoy!