Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

Remember that song, as a kid?

“Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes…”

Well today , we’re going to talk about knees. More specifically, my right knee. Yes, the one I injured a year ago (patellar tendonitis) and again a year+ before that (IT band).

In the past week or so, said right knee has been a little “off” is the best way I can use to describe it.  You see, it doesn’t bug me at all when I run or go to barre n9ne class. Nope. Feels great, in fact. The only time it’s been bugging me ever so slightly is when I’m sitting for long periods of time. It’s only then that it sort of gets achy, not painful per se, just not quite “right.”

…good thing I don’t sit at my desk for 8-9 hours a day and sit in my car for another 3.
Um, I wish.

So here’s the thing – I do NOT think I’m injured. I really don’t. I’ve had enough “real” knee injuries in the past to know the difference. I physically couldn’t run when I was injured before, it hurt too much. So to me, this is different. If anything, it feels more like a touch of runner’s knee or something, but it still perplexes me that it never hurts when I’m being active.

But now I’m sitting here thinking – ok self:
…are you just ignoring the symptoms for fear of having to stop running?
…or, are you actually listening and your body is simply just telling you to be careful to avoid a ‘real’ injury from popping up?

Either way, I’m sort of just sitting here mulling it over (yes, more sitting, dammit!) and am welcoming your advice and input. All very non-scientific, non-expert-y advice (both are real words, btw) I know, but ya’ll are so damn smart and experienced in your own right, you’re bound to bring up a point or two I hadn’t already thought of.

Some clues in case you want some help in forming said non-scientific-y, non-expert-y advice: 
– My running mileage the past few weeks has hovered in the 20-25 miles/week range (mix of treadmill and outdoor runs, some interval, some steady-state)
– I’m running four times a week, no more than that
– I’m building in more stretching, particularly after I run (BUT I need to invest in a foam roller ohhh about four years too late…I know, I know).
– The stretching and strengthening I do comes in the form of barre n9ne classes, 4-5 classes per week
– I’m taking at least one FULL rest day a week

So this is me – actually asking you for your advice. The flood gates are open, lemme have it. (and don’t worry, I have a few ideas of my own, I kinda just want to compare with your ideas, first!) 😉

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