To remind you, I’m supposed to run a 10K on Thursday.
This afternoon, I went to my orthopedic surgeon. The same one who told me, in the first place, that I have runner’s knee.
To be honest, post-appointment, I’m kind of more confused than I was before. Basically, he told me that, like he told me last time, I have runner’s knee. That he’s not concerned about the clicking at all. That the clicking is simply another symptom. That I should continue to avoid hills. That I should continue to take ibuprofen. That I should do all of the stretches and exercises he told me to do.
Run if I want to, don’t run if I feel like I shouldn’t.
I do want to run, but I don’t like the clicking at all. It makes me feel like there’s constantly something wrong with me.
However, he doesn’t seem to feel that I’ll be worsening the clicking or the runner’s knee if I continue to run. You know, somehow.
So, I’ve decided that I’m going to tentatively (as in, walk if I need to) run the 5K (and not the 10K) on Thursday and see how it goes. It’s also a flat course, which makes me feel okay about it. I’ve decided to use this race as an indication of where I stand and how I’m feeling.
In the meantime, I’m wearing a knee brace during the day and I’m going to be really careful to ice it right after the Turkey Trot. And, should I continue to run, I’ll ice it after every other run after that.
Anyway, by the time I was back from the doctor’s appointment (scheduled to be during my lunch break), I was starving. And that’s despite the granola bar I’d snacked on to tide me over.
In the granola bar’s defense, it did work for a little while. But I’d had an early breakfast, since I’d come into the office an hour early this morning, so the late lunch was tough on my empty tummy.
Thank goodness I had leftovers from last night’s dinner ready to go.
Chock full ‘o veggies.
Anyway, I could really use your thoughts about my knee and running. Who has experience and therefore personal expertise on this? What should I be doing here?