Or at least start with a couple. Especially since you’re only 66 days out.
I figured it was time for an update. One that I’ve been putting off. If for no other reason than I didn’t want to admit – to myself or anyone else – that I’ve been suffering. A LOT. Even this post was pretty much scratching the surface of how scared I’ve been. Scared that I felt like I was in more pain than even BEFORE #KneeGate2015, and it wasn’t going to get any better. Scared that it would get so bad that Wine and Dine was going to end being a pipe-dream-I’m-gonna-have-to-pull-the-deferral-card kind of terror. Most of all, scared that my damn #brokeknee either wasn’t fixed or worse, that I had #brokekneed it AGAIN.
Alas, it was all for naught.
Thanks in no small part to…well…a small part.
Let me give you a quick rundown as to what this little strappy thing is all about. On a training run after what I believe was me pushing it too hard at PT one day, I started suffering some majoroso underknee pain. Celebrex, ice, EMS, my old giant knee brace, nothing worked. Not.A.Damn.Frigging.Thing. So what came next? What usually seems to. Lots of tears and lots of anger, accented by my usual litany of colorful language.
Then, in a last-ditch effort before picking up the phone and racking up yet ANOTHER doctor visit bill, I hit up the ever so trusty Team #runDisney Facebook page. And therein I found the Moose Tracks to soothe my angst.
One of my fellow TrD’ers suggested I try this. The main complaint for runners who use this is a nifty little pain in the dupa – or in this case, under the kneecap – known as patellar tendinitis. Being a gold star member of the Amazon Prime Is My Crack club, I went online, read the reviews, and decided what the heck. If it doesn’t work, I’m only out $15 bucks and no worse off than I already was.
Having only gotten one run in this past weekend after battling a case of the plague, I wasn’t expecting too much. Then…
I started to run.
And had hardly.any.pain.
Angels were singing.
(And Bon Jovi.)
It was heavenly.
Now. I’m trying to stay level-headed about all this. After all, it WAS only one run. And breathing was quite an adventure. (Remember? Post-plague.) And apparently it was lead leg day. However, instead of a pain level of 9 to start, it was more like a 3. And I’ll take a 3 over a 9 ANY.DAMN.DAY.
So this is the plan for the remaining, ever-so-quickly dwindling available training days until November 7th. Keep it to mainly 2 running days a week, with a few 3-a-week thrown in there to make up for lost time. (Don’t forget, I still have to deal with #KneeGate2015 Part II after W&D). Keep up with lots of ice time, EMS time, foam rolling, and PT exercises. I HATE the possible side effects of Celebrex, but may start taking them daily the week before race day, just to build it up in my system, but that’s still up for debate. After all that, guess we’ll just see how it goes. I’m hopeful and cautiously optimistic. And hoping for a big fat dose of pain-killing pixie dust. All wrapped up in a pretty little strap. Maybe I’ll even add some sparkles….
Enjoy the ride.
Have you ever had the simplest piece of equipment cure your pain, or at the very least minimize it? Do you believe that most of your pain can be controlled by your brain? Does the pain threshold of pro athletes shock the hell out of you? Jealous?