Poignant Irrelevance

Monday, May 08, 2006

time for disclosure : my knee-c(r)ap hurts

first, thanks to everyone who offered advice on building a mileage base. not everybody gave an email address so i offer you thanks here. i have the advice consolidated and i'm studying the suggestions.

second, my disclosure. my knee has been hurting for several weeks. it seemed to flare up after speedier than usual long-ish training runs on pavement. or after playing tennis for a couple weekends, i'm not exactly sure i guess. but then it would chill out for a bit so i tried to ignore it.

it started to hurt during mile 2 of the 10k race, and lasted until the end.

i ran a total of 1 time since the 10k and that was yesterday. i ran leisurely 800's on a rubber track while attempting to calibrate my polar. maybe 3 to 4 miles, at paces in the 9:30 - 10:00 range. it hurt after the first 400 and then, well, it still hurts. i just iced it.

tough to pinpoint the ache. i think its either above the kneecrap, or below it. or right in it. not on the sides though. its not swollen (that i can tell). but the main thing is that it hurts during the day. i can't bend it while sitting or sleeping or an uncomfortable ache will persist. i feel it when i walk down to get coffee, i feel it when i get up to go the bathroom, blah blah blah.

booooooo. while i was trying to calibrate my polar on the track, i was wondering if i would rather have this knee pain or shin spl7nts. i never thought i'd say it but i think i might take shin splints, because it was easier to run through that crap.

i guess i have to go see a professional? my self diagnosis, after a solid weekend of researching, is runner's knee-- but i'm obviously no expert.

booooooooooo, sucks.


  • Here is how I treat my knee pain when it flares up: Ice a few times a day (this really helps), NSAID's around the clock, simple and gentle quad strengthening excercises (you can google some-and these helped right away too). Don't run if it hurts. Then start with low mileage and slowly build the running back up. No agressive cross-training either. You need to get rid of the inflammation. Just my two cents...I really hope you feel better asap.

    By Anonymous Audrey, at 8:56 PM  

  • oh, and ice after you do your quad exercises.

    By Anonymous Audrey, at 8:58 PM  

  • Dude, you can't RUN THROUGH KNEE PAIN.

    The doctor is going to tell you no running for 3 weeks. Sadly, this Rx always works, but it sucks the entire time.

    Do you have access to a pool? I've heard great things about pool running while injured.

    At any rate, REST, and when you feel better, start doing some more weight training for your legs. It is my new favorite secret...

    By Blogger Nic, at 10:29 PM  

  • I second Audrey. All I can tell you is that you can get over it....though it takes time and care. Good luck.

    By Blogger susie, at 5:05 PM  

  • Gotta love cartilage problems and the associated anti-inflammatories that go with it. seek proffessional advice because it might be muscles not holding your knee cap straight and it might be trying to create a new groove (usually not though). But the money upfront hurts less than months of running on it

    By Anonymous The tall one, at 9:10 PM  

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