Thursday, March 8, 2012

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Yup, that's it. A case of Runner's Knee.

I went to the orthopedic doctor today, had x-rays taken, and all is well......except the fact that I'm in pain.

The doctor showed me the x-rays (oh, how I wish I could share them - so cool to look at your bones!) and my right knee-cap is visibly pulled towards the outside of my leg, hence the pain.

He gave me a (very expensive) knee brace to use when I run, or whenever I'm in pain, and gave me a list of exercises to do in order to strengthen and stretch my muscles to help re-align the kneecap.

He also told me that I can continue to train, that I am not going to do damage to my knee. It's just going to hurt. Awesome.

But, it made me happy that I can continue to train for, and hopefully run most of this half marathon. It's definitely the biggest physical challenge I've ever undertaken in my life, and I SO want to experience that feeling of crossing the finish line feeling amazing.

So, I'm going to keep training. It'll probably include a lot of ibuprofen and ice. But I'm going to do it. Hopefully I can log a few miles this week so it's not another total loss. I miss my tennis shoes, and I'm pretty sure they miss me too.


  1. Awwww bummer dude! But good to know you can't make it worse by training!

    1. Yeah it is a bummer.....I'm going out for a run first thing in the morning, with my new brace. We'll see what that does to help. I haven't run in almost two weeks. Eep.