Wait and See

Woo-hoo! Hello Friday! Am I the only one who thought this was an extra long week? I think it’s my anticipation for Saturday. My parents are coming to visit for the week! Yay! I’m going to try to spend as much time as possible with them so I’m going to fall off the grid a little. Not all the way but reduced! 🙂

On Monday I left you all hanging with my knee pain saga. Click HERE if you missed Marathon Training Week 10 Recap. I talked with a physician I work with for a little advice. She assessed my knee a little and couldn’t reproduce the pain. Her suggestion was to have a physical therapists assess my gait and knee. Thankfully, my department is on the same floor as physical therapy so I’ve got a few friends to call on for questions just like this. After watching me run, assessing my knees and trying to reproduce the knee pain, Aaron concluded that the cause is from my gait and knee structure. My feet pronate which therefore puts more stress on my knees. In addition, my right knee tracks to the right rather than straight up and down like a normal knee should. He was very surprised that I had not had any issues before. He also said it seemed like I had the beginning of Patellar Tendonitis. Aaron told me to keep up with the stretching, icing, foam rolling and strengthening. He also showed me how to tape my knee so it’s moved into the right spot with Kinesio Tape.

After seeing Aaron I felt like the marathon was still a possibility. I was putting a lot of hope into this pretty pink tape! Tuesday morning I woke up ready to do a test run. Long story short – the same discomfort reappeared at mile 3. BUT it wasn’t as intense. So it really wasn’t a total fail. I didn’t really think the tape would be an instant fix. I know it’s going to take time to build more strength in my quad, hips, hamstrings and core to take the strain off my knees. The tape is only a small portion. Since then I’ve been laying low. No running. I’m biking, strength training, yoga, stretching, icing and foam rolling. I might try a run again on Saturday.

I’m still hopeful for the marathon but I’m mentally preparing myself for the 1/2 so it won’t be too much of a disappointment. There is nothing special about Smuttynose that it has to absolutely be my first marathon. I just want to run a marathon. Plain and simple. So if I have to find another one at a later date, so be it. My main focus right now is to be able to run pain free at any distance. It’s all wait and see now.

FYI – if you are looking for exercises to help prevent knee injuries, here are 7 recommended from Runner’s World.

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Enjoy the weekend!

14 comments on “Wait and See

  1. Very smart — taking the wait and see is a good approach vs. going all-in when you aren’t truly sure yet if your knee will be able to handle the add’l intensity of marathon training. I’ve had patellar tendonitis before too and the only thing that truly resolved the issue for good was exactly what you said — no running for a bit, a LOTS of work to strengthen my hips, glutes and quads, all muscles that when strong will protect the knees while you run. Good luck and keep us posted!
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  2. I had similar knee issues several years ago, but the strengthening exercises definitely worked, and I went on to run a marathon pain free later in the year! Being patient is hard… hang in there, and I would avoid running altogether until you’re sure the knee is recovered so you don’t aggravate it. I’m trying to do the same right now with my shin!
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  3. Hello Angela,
    Just a quick message to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter. I am currently following you now and am awaiting for your follow-back if you indeed decide to do so… (#FYI I do RT’s for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners & #Marathoners who follow me on Twitter and have something important they want mentioned…)

    All the very best to you and yours for the rest of 2012 and beyond Angela. Look forward to hearing from you…


  4. Hi there,

    I just found your blog through NYCRunningMama – I am currently in patellar tendonitis hell – do you have any other way I could contact you to talk things through? I am really struggling and could do with getting some advice from someone who is going through it, and coming out of the other side…..

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