Friday, May 15, 2009

Ducks in Trees plus Knee Injury

Wood ducks are nesting now. It amazes me to see ducks standing in trees.

In the Get in Gear 10K on April 25 ... at mile 6 ... running downhill some sort of cobblestones and gravel... I was distracted and performed my first fall in a race, making a 4 point landing on both knees and the palms of my hands.
Reluctant to continue to leave skin on the pavement, I rolled, twisting my right knee.

Note: I jumped up and finished the last 2K of the race.

Not realizing the potential for more extensive injury, I went ahead with the Lincoln Nebraska half marathon the following weekend, placing in my age group!!

Unfortunately, I had injured my MCL and the last 2 miles I could barely walk.
A week later, still walking with extreme pain, I checked in with my internist.

I am taking Ligplex II, a nutritional supplement for buiding ligaments, suggested by my naturopathic doctor (ND).

This week I have had 2 sessions with a physical therapist (which I highly recommend).
Ultra sound therapy and electrical stimulation with cold application, plus, rest, more cold packs, and a compression sock have brought me limping to today... The first steps without pain since Lincoln... not running, but walking carefully in the house.

Sweet Pea has been doing a lot of cooking and clean up. Bless her!

Having waited all winter for this spring weather, and anxious to be running, I am not a happy camper. But I am determined and hopeful.


CewTwo said...

Oh Sunshine! I am so sorry! I do hope that you heal quickly and can get back to things. It makes my Plantar fasciitis seem so negligible!

And to think that you continued to run after after the injury!

You are Superwoman!


Unknown said...

ooooh OUCH!! Not fun!!

Best wishes for a complete recovery. :-)

IronWaddler said...

So sorry to hear about the knee. I can imagine the frustration. Take care so that you can come back soon.

A Plain Observer said...

My sentiments exactly. My knee pain came on 04/16/09 and have not been able to figure out how to get rid of it after 4 weeks with zero running.
Anyway, despite your injury, your post was funny!

Elaine Merrill said...

Wow. I really empathize. Sounds like you're doing all the right things--hang in there!

All best to you,

Beth said...

So sorry to hear that you fell and are injured. I'm so glad that you are taking good care of it. Not fair that you made it through the winter and then get hurt right when it starts to get nice outside!!

Vickie said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear of your injury. And at the worst time of the year too! Hopefully all the therapy will get you back on the road again soon--while we still have good weather! I've fallen like that more times than I care to remind myself about and am constantly fearful of another trip and fall.

Margaret said...

Very sorry to read about your fall and injury. I would like to add my best wishes, too! Take good care,

Florence, Italy

P.S. Love the photo of the wood duck! :-)

Calyx Meredith said...

So sorry to hear about your fall!! Knees can be so tough and so tricky too. Glad you've got a good PT and I hope it heals fast as lightning.

ShirleyPerly said...

First of all, congrats on your Lincoln placing!!

But so sorry to hear of your fall. Glad you are taking active steps to take care of your knee. Fingers crossed you'll be back to running soon.

Amytrigirl (aka Amybee) said...

What a drag, Sunshine! This doesn't sound fun at all.

I'm confident that you'll be healed quickly though and right back at it!

rocketpants said...

Oh NO!! I hope you heal up quick!

Backofpack said...

What a bummer! Hope you heal quickly! I've hit the road before, but it's been a while (knock on wood here) and I only skinned, didn't twist. Sounds like you are getting good care though. Give Sweet Pea an extra hug for all the extra help!

Nat said...

So Sorry to hear about your injury :( I hope you are feeling better. Great job on getting through the race!

jeanne said...

yikes! I'm reading backwards so I hope by the time i get to today you are all healed. Falls are No Fun.