Thursday, October 28, 2010

Knees? Pu-lease....

Tonight was a nice little run around the lake. It was a must do barrier for a few reasons: 
1) My bad 16 miles messed with my head and I have been struggling with the bad run vibe ever since
2) I have run into some "issues" with my knees and it is also discouraging and messing with my head. Both these things placed a big "fear" of facing more runs of a substantial distance. 

Enter: knee braces! 

Thank you, May I have another?! 

I checked for muscle imbalances, took inventory of my foot wear and where I was running (treadmills tend to KILL my knee's) and it was suggested to me to try a Jumpers Knee Strap. These are meant to improve patellar tracking by providing mild pressure to the tendon below the knee cap. 

My right knee is worse than the left, I had a bruised Patellar tendon and a sprained MCL from Roller Derby, both of which I went to PT for, but still tend to aggravate the knee. The kneecap can shift or rotate off track if the cartilage underneath is damaged or if ligaments, tendons or muscles are too loose or too tight.  My pain from it is relatively mild and I am not as bothered by other "runners" knee symptoms, but the braces worked WONDERS on my run. 

As did the giant bag of Ice afterwards and a nice little session with the foam roller. 
Foam rolling will help with loosening tight muscles that could be irritating the knee including the IT band, which is a big culprit in my world for being tight and causing concerns. 

Overall the run was great, I spent a lot of time thinking and praying as I am wont to do when I run. I am hungry for more time to just BE and spend time doing my bible study and spending time with God. My world is not the same when it's neglected. I ran by the lake closest to my house, the water was CHOPPY as Minnesota has been experiencing some amazing winds the last 2 days. It was dark and I was listening to the sound of my feet hitting the ground, my breath and the waves of the lake. It was strangely calm in the middle of the chaos and noise!  

It's funny that the lake changes so with the weather, it's dark and choppy when the wind is high, it's still and mirror like in the early morning, it's bright green and buzzing with life in the middle of the day and frozen so solid that in January, we throw parties on it. It's at the mercy of the elements and I felt a little the same over the last few weeks, at the mercy of "knee pain" I didn't want to admit or talk about, fearful thoughts about running pushing into my head confusing me. 

But unlike the lake, I can rise above the elements in my life, above my circumstance and be at peace and calm even in the most serious of storms. That peace is one of the things that God wants us to experience. It comes with faith, with belief and with ultimate trust that he is who he says he is and will do what he says he will do. Trust too that I am who he says I am: his beloved, his child, his righteousness. That is the power of his peace. Greater than any wind or wave. 

46 Days till my first Marathon! 
I am nearing my fundraising goal!! But if you are so inclined, you can donate HERE

I ended my night with the ice and a little mint pie treat from Rice Dream, I love their ice"cream" treats! Super tasty!! 

Do you wear a knee brace or any kind of brace? If YES, have you used it just till the problem is "solved" and plan to ditch it or stick with it? Happiest Thursday! 


Megan said...

I do wear a knee brace on my left knee -- just the neoprene sleeve w/ a cut-out for my kneecap. I had a partial tear of the left lateral meniscus once (playing basketball w/ friends), and after I healed, the doctor wanted me to wear something when I exercised. It started off as a bigger brace w/ hinges and whatnot, but I've tapered down to this smaller one over the years.

I've tried running without it and am just too scared that something will happen! I feel like I need the sleeve to keep all my knee parts in one place. So maybe part of it is in my head after all these years, but I'm afraid to mess with a good thing.

Sarah - Fat Little Legs said...

Don't wear a knee brace... but I want to say thank you for a little inspiration this morning. I am having some struggles in my life, and I have also been taking some of my running time to "talk with God." I have some major trust issues right now... and I loved this from your post "That is the power of his peace. Greater than any wind or wave. " What an awesome truth!

The Curvy Life said...

Girl= you are just making me want to run!! LOL I am hoping to try for the first time in MONTHS next week... We'll see what the Dr says on Monday!

Keep up the good work! Thank you for the encouragement and the reminder that we can rise above!

Hope your knees keep feeling better! HUGS!


Ranny Moranny Brown said...

Thanks for a really encouraging post, Mary! I wear two ankle braces while training-- I'm only walking, but I have ankle issues galore. After a sprain in May and doc and PT visits, I learned how important the brace was in order to lessen pain and swelling. Since wearing the brace, I've walked shorter distances without it. But I always wear it for distances more than casual strolls and for when I'm training with that intense power-walker routine. :)

Joshua Grenell said...

Have you had anyone look at how you run? Running is pretty bad for the body. A lot of new information out there lately...

Check into Pose running or Chi(?) running.

Also once you have your base conditioning down, you don't need to continue to go long to often to maintain your conditioning. Shorter and harder sessions have been proven to maintain fitness levels and increase speed.

Shan said...

Mary, I've been thinking about you lately as I run. About how you use your runs to be reflective and meditative and prayerful and spiritual. This idea got me through the tough ends of two long runs recently! Thanks as always.

~~Lina~~ said...

Just found your blog and Im your newest follower.

I use to have knee problems so I can feel your pain...

Come check my new blog out!

Forward Foot Strides said...

I have an ankle stabilizer (a neoprene sock that goes over my ankle) that I wear sometimes when I'm not running. I've had some weirdness going on with my left ankle ever sense I twisted it (twice) wearing heels, and although my running shoes don't seem to give me trouble, I notice pain when I'm wearing other shoes, the stabilize helps.

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