I was struggling to walk after the race and the med tent was not close to the finish line. I finally found it and I iced my knees for a few mins. After changing in my hotel’s (nasty, nasty, nasty) public restroom I got on the road. My knee was HURTING. Why do knees have to bend and then unbend?! It even hurt to move my foot from the gas pedal to the break.
I still didn’t regret this fancy piece of frosting
Sunday night, my knee was trashed. I decided to make a doctor’s appt for the next day even if I was jumping the gun. I felt silly considering I ran a marathon – of course my body would hurt. But even I knew this was mighty different from my other aches and pains. I saw a P.A. first and I told her the story. She said she would have pushed through the pain and finished as well! Ha! A kindred spirit! I’ve noticed P.A.’s are much nicer than doctors. I prefer them. The doc came in and wiggled/bent/almost made me cry moved my knee around. I had a ton of inflammation under the knee cap. She said some kind of name for it but I forgot to remember. They had me change into a pair of giant shorts so she could better evaluate my knee and with my stripped compression socks and booties, I was looking HOT! Oh and I was offered a wheelchair twice as they watched me (try to) walk.
The plan for x-rays fell through as the tech was at lunch, so I was instructed to go to the sports med clinic (down the hall) where they set me up with a knee brace. My knee felt less wobbly – a positive, and I was scheduled for my first PT appt this pas Wednesday, but work got in the way. The PT guy was great and he said my knee was too swollen to start prior. (They were very kind to add me to their schedule this upcoming Monday morning.) Since the brace helped as much as it did though, I thought I would be okay to walk to my next meeting and then across campus.
I am delusional.
No running for 5-10 days – PT guy’s orders. Heck, even walking has been rough. So, I’m looking forward to PT. I’ve known for a while that certain muscles in my legs aren’t very strong but I thought running would take care of this. PT guy told me he is going to teach me some strength exercises and some stretches. I think it says I’m supposed to go for 6 weeks. Thankfully, the brace and PT are all completely covered by insurance and it’s on campus. Lucky me! Let the healing begin! I also promised my brother I wouldn’t run for a bit.
I know I will come back a stronger runner. I want to learn to better care for my knees, since the other one is kind of pissed it had to carry the weight during the marathon. Seriously, it’s acting like a petulant child. I’m going to teach my dad these exercises as well since his knees need some TLC, too. I was icing quite a bit the first week and a half… now I need to rejoin that party. Smarty pants, right here! Although, walking like the Bride of Frankenstein is right on time for Halloweenie!