I hear a low hum in the back of my head. I think it's my body trying to say something to me. "Take it easy!" I will not be running the Rocky Raccoon 100 in four weeks. There's no way. In the weeks since the JFK 50 I have done lot's of resting and very little running. When I do run I can't go more than five miles without a nagging pain. My longest outing since the 50 was the 8th on the 8th - and you all saw how long that took me. I'll still be making the trip to the Rocky Raccoon to support my dad in his 50 mile attempt.
This is the same pain I had in my other knee this summer. I'm pretty sure it's just fatigue - aka Runner's Knee. This summer I was able to rest for a couple weeks and then I was back to normal. My holiday resting hasn't done the same trick, though. I took last week off completely. Icing, massaging, stretching, ibuprofen. But no running for seven days. I went out on New Year's Day eager to see if the fatigue and inflammation had passed, but it hadn't. Same results - felt good for 3+ miles and then all of a sudden the pain.
I've made the decision, though, that since this is now the seventh consecutive week that I've been unable to get any solid running in I should go see a doctor just in case. I'm crossing my fingers that it will be a quick visit with a pat on the back and a "just take a couple more weeks off and then you'll be right as rain." I did have arthroscopic surgery on this knee about some cartilage when I was in high school some fifteen years ago. I wouldn't think this has anything to do with the current pain. I tried to get in with a sports medicine guy that a few people recommended...but I needed to get a referral from a general practitioner first. And since I don't have a doctor (I haven't needed one since we moved to Washington four years ago) I had to find an in-network guy who was networked to sports medicine guy that works at a facility networked together with networking tape. And even the networking tape will cost me. Geez. If we aren't beat down enough already...
Though it's a bit frustrating that I haven't been able to run consistently of late, I understand that maybe an extended rest might be the best thing for me at this point.
Keep (thinking about) Running!