I’m pretty much banned from running for the near future. Abi and I had a down day yesterday, so we took a hike from the house to the nearby open space. I love that I can walk 1/2 mile and be at the foot of a mountain! It was windy, sunny, and warm, and just the mental relief I needed. Abi really enjoyed our hike too, since there were lots of horse farms all around, we talked about “horseys” and counted them – a lot. I am having to hike with poles now, but at least I’m getting in some weight-bearing exercise. Lugging 30 pound of squirmy toddler up and down the mountain counts as weight-bearing, right? Abi brought her camera and shot about 30 pictures of the back of my head.
I got some semi-bad news Tuesday. The knee pain I have had for over a year is actually a torn meniscus (cartilage) and it is getting worse, almost weekly now. I can’t run more than 2 miles or even drive our stick-shift cars without pain. It also tends to lock up on me, so even though I could push through I can’t physically move it. Eek! The ortho I saw on Tuesday recommended surgery immediately. He’s a sports medicine guy and when I told him about my upcoming races, he said that if I don’t do anything, or continue to try PT and bracing, I won’t be able to run at all by May. He said if I get the surgery within 2 weeks, I’ll have enough time to recover fully and run 10+ miles at the adventure race. So….working on getting a second opinion, but it looks like that’s where I’m headed! At least it is minor and fixable, and I am relived to have a solid diagnosis. I’ll definitely be keeping you all posted on the surgery, training, and rehab – just a minor bump in the road from my standpoint now, I think I’m headed for a great (and pain-free) racing season!