I’ll admit, I wrote yesterday’s post on Saturday. My long run was done, I was basking in the glow of my stink and patting myself on the back for a job well done on my morning long run. I wrote and scheduled my post while the kids napped/had quiet time and proceeded to give myself a high five for being so totally on the ball.
Then I stood up.
The pain that followed that was not fun. Out of no where, my left knee seized up and started throbbing in the back. Instant panic. I didn’t hear a pop, crunch or anything else that would clue me in to what the heck just happened. All I knew is that I could barely walk and all of the sudden, my knee was throbbing.
For the next 24 hours, every time I sat down for more than 5 minutes, the same thing would happen. It would loosen up as I hobbled along and then dumb down to a dull ache.
Figuring I would just sleep it off (because sleep cures all maladies right?!) and wake up fine the next day, I didn’t give it much thought. Sadly, Sunday morning, it hurt even more and I went into panic mode. Fearing I’d never run another step, I hobbled to the sports clinic, waited about 2.5 hours and was told that I had Popliteus Tendinopathy.
What the what??
Exactly my thoughts.
Basically, tendonitis in my knee. Not fun at all. I have no idea how I could suddenly develop an overuse injury when I’ve had next to no discomfort in that knee…ever. But low and behold, here I am ready to embark on a course of physiotherapy that will hopefully see me back on the road again in a couple of weeks. I’m not going to lie, I am really sad at this injury. The timing sucks with fall races just around the corner and my running has been going so well. I love the training plan I’m on and have been seeing steady progress.
Set-backs just plain suck.
I consoled myself by making a few (dozen) vegan chocolate-chip cookies (recipe I adapted from an old one I used to make all the time) and vegan brownies that I found on the Kind Cookie. So easy, so fluffy and so totally stuffed into my face like cookie monster on a bender. Yep…that good. Go make them. Now.
Next step will be to figure out training while injured. Something I’ve never been very good at. Unless you count stuffing your face with cookies and brownies as training. In which case, pass me my gold medal please.
Your Turn: How do you deal with injuries that keep you sidelined? Do you work around them? Try to ignore them or use it as a great opportunity to rest and relax guilt-free?