So…I *think* I might have patellar tendonitis…

…but I don’t want to stop running until it heals.

What’s a girl to do?

Well – I’d love to ignore the problem entirely and run through the injury.

But I know that won’t solve the problem, it’ll just prolong recovery time and could even cause further injury.

Neither of these are things I want to see happen.

BUT I love to run and it makes me want to cry to think that I might not be able to. At least in the short-term.

So I *think* this is what I’ll do to avoid getting too depressed due to lack of runner’s high, now that half marathon training this summer totally kicked my run-obsession into high gear. I’m going to:

Cross-train. This means in lieu of running as my main form of cardio this week, I’m going to stick to spinning and kickboxing (neither hurt my knee to do so I am calling them a-ok in my book).

Purchase a patellar strap. I have a knee brace but am thinking the patellar strap might be a better option at this point.

Strengthen my hips and quads. To improve strength in those areas, thus alleviating over-stressing my knee when I do run again.

Stop running. At least for this week (I can’t think beyond one week of no running so this is my coping mechanism! One week…not soooo bad, right? Weeks of no running? Very bad/sad. Not going there. Yet.)

That last one kills me. I ran both yesterday and today and LOVED being out in the brisk fall air, especially since both runs involved my favorite running companions. On Saturday – I had a “run date” with Jo and Steph (aka Wicked Half-ers!) and today I ran with Scott. Loved it. I noticed, on both days, that my knee was actually doing pretty good until the last mile or so of the run. I only logged about 5 or so miles on Saturday and 4ish today so the mileage was definitely pared back from this summer/early-fall, but still – the fact that I was distracted by the knee pain is a sign that something needs to be done to fix it.

SO, I’m HOPING that this will be a very short-term fix – I honestly and really hoping that after this week, I’ll be able to run as soon as this weekend so we’ll see. Long story short, everyone send some good vibes my knee’s way this week, please!!! <sigh>

Signed,

Bummed out Bettie