Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Injury Gremlins

Well, it is official. I’m hurt bad enough that I’ve had to take a few days off. Whenever I am hurt, I like to think of little injury gremlins getting into my joints and wreaking havoc. Think of those little Lamisil gremlins lifting up the dude’s big toenail. Gross. Of course, the reality is that it is my own stupid body mechanics that are likely to blame.

I can’t 100% pin down the official cause of the issues, but my knee was stiff and sore after my 20 miler last weekend and throbbed during my 4 mile recovery run that was cut short from a planned 5 miles. So, again putting on my doctors circle mirror head dealie, I’d have to say that it was a combination of:

Working and bending over in the yard last week
Being dehydrated over the last week
Running my recovery runs a bit too fast
Injury gremlins
Running on shoes that were just barely past their prime
No longer lifting weights
Taper madness
Being PISS POUNDED in my fantasy football league(s)
Obama’s healthcare plan (Kidding, kidding)

Now, to puff out my chest and act like a man for a while, it isn’t like I couldn’t run. I could probably run on my knee if I was being chased by a cougar. (Those wealthy old ladies just can’t get enough of my baby blue eyes.) But, this is one of the first times in a while that my injury hurts when I am NOT running – so I thought it best to take a break.

Since I am in taper mode for the Twin Cities marathon, I honestly don’t think that it will be too big of a deal to my training. I’m going to try to jog some VERY slow miles Wednesday night (which will be a full 3 days off) and see how it goes. Again, if I still have pain while walking around, I’ll probably hold off another day or so. No sense being stupid about it.

Question to the group: Does Advil actually help in the healing process or does it just mask pain / symptoms? My pain isn’t bad enough that I am foaming at the mouth to take yet another pill, but if it will help I’ll be more than happy to pop a few Vitamin-I.

9 comments:

RazZDoodle said...

cougars have to be wealthy? What if they aren't? Are they pumas?

I'm hesitant to pop ibuprofen. I just haven't seen a benefit unless I'm hungover.

The Sean said...

anti-inflammatory medication can impair healing as it is exactly this inflammation that aids in healing.

So, Ice and Ice and Ice... take it easy... and run on soft surfaces, real relaxed like.

Enjoy the taper! The hay is in the barn.

Katie said...

Those little guys from the commercial are soo gross ... thanks for the mental image :).

Careful with the knee -- my husband took too many chances running on his bad knee that his Doctor said to expect a knee replacement in the next few years. (Not to be Debbie Downer or anything ...)

So REST!

Michelle said...

OH NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! DUDE!!!

Please please take it easy!!! ICE ICE BABY!!! I need you to be all healthy! :O)

I am sherpa you if you need me!!! And I mean that in the best possible way!!!

HEAL THY KNEE!!!

OhMyLaughter said...

"Doctors circle mirror head dealie" LOL.

You manage to blog about running while keeping it humorous. MAD PROPS. And hope your knee feels better soon!

Ulyana said...

Dude, get better! RICE, or whatever it is. Sounds like you got the right plan in place.

Nitmos said...

What are you asking us for? Go see a doctor.

Good luck!

Laura said...

If you have a foam roller, maybe try that? (On your thigh/hamstrings, not on the knee itself). That's relieved my knee pain in the past.

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