For those playing the home game you know I've been struggling with injuries this year (see previous post) and this was my first run in 10 days. 24 hours later I'm happy to report that I 'seem' to be on the path recovery with fingers crossed. It was only 3 miles, but that was a victory. I'll take a large victory with a small amount of miles right now.
As you may also know I use running at my therapy and in place of medication/anti-depresants. Not something I recommend for everybody since we are all unique. My chemistry and 'wiring' is not the same as others out there and when making a change to your medications please see your therapist first. Now that I'm off my soapbox I can tell you that when I don't run, I really miss it. I mean a lot. A bit of depression set in as well as the thought of 'Is this over for me now.' It's scary being faced with the idea of not being able to run, and to not see through to my goal of someday running The Boston Marathon. Or any future marathon. I run these things for the challenge and also for the comradely I feel with other runners out there.
What made this seem different was the location of the injury, being the knee area. The largest joint in the body and one that I and other runners kind of need in a big way. In the past my injuries were elsewhere on the legs and could be healed with taping with lesser periods of rest. This ouch occurred right after the Monumental Marathon on November 3rd. I would rest up and head out... only to see more pain and setbacks. I had to be a responsible adult and just take all running off my of schedule for the foreseeable future. And I like I mentioned this was extremely difficult to do. At home I practiced the 'R.I.C.E.' method (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and I did see positive gains. My plans today are to go for another easy run, maybe do 4 - 6 miles, come home, and ice up the knee again. Basically repeat what I did yesterday because it seemed to work.
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.