Sunday, January 25, 2009

Odds and ends

Well, I went out and bought my running shoes yesterday. These are what I ended up getting

They are the Asics Gel Cumulus. I was so excited to try them out!  When I got home I threw on my new running skort, sports bra, and bright pink shirt that I got from Target last night and hit the road. It was beautiful out: 70 degrees with scattered clouds and a light breeze to help cool me off. I had some hip hop/reggaeton mix on my trusty iPod nano to help me keep pace. I was concentrating on my breathing and running as comfortably as I could. It was an easy run overall that should have totaled about 3 miles. But about a mile short of getting home I started feeling that persistent aching on my left lateral knee--IT band. I groaned to myself and immediately started to walk (fast). I was hoping worn running shoes were the problem, but not so. To top it off I have matching blisters on both my feet, right below the ball of my foot and today I have some soreness in my right knee, which I've experienced before, but not for a while. Runner's knee maybe? 

I hate how touchy my knees have been these past three years. If I sit down too long when I'm running regularly, they get a little stiff. When I go out to see a movie, it sometimes takes some hobbling around when I first get up to walk that stiffness off....and I'm fidgeting throughout the movie! I'm so stubborn. I can't quit running! I love it too much! I'll take shin splints over these more touchy, persistent injuries any day. That's all I had to worry about when I first started running seriously. Then I started training for the Vancouver Marathon and decided to help alleviate the problem since I would only be increasing mileage. Went to a physical therapist and discovered I had weak joints when a simple exercise had me writhing on the ground in pain after what felt like a tendon slipping in my ankle. I limped the entire day at work. It was over the next day when I stubbornly insisted on running....I only made 6 of the 12 scheduled miles, but I'm sure more damage was done to the poor ankle. 

So the chronic injuries persist today. I'm going to schedule an appointment with a sports medicine doctor because I'm done with self-diagnosing. The last orthopedic doctor I saw had no interest in even figuring out the problem and told me to just quit running. If my joints were OK with running before, I really think that with some guidance from a professional and some rehabilitation I will be able to figure this thing out. I want a doctor to examine my gait, my leg anatomy, and tell me what is wrong and what I can do to fix it. I haven't got a straight answer yet, and that's all I want.

In other news, Jon is probably coming home in a couple weeks. He told me the beginning of last week and is scheduled to fly to Kuwait next week! That's one month early! Maybe, just maybe, I will have my husband home with me on Valentine's Day! I'm still not getting my hopes up too much because we all know how the Army can just pull the rug out from under you in an instant! I'll be asking him every day if plans have changed. :)

Well, I'm off to clean now. I don't do this enough, and I've dedicated my Sundays to cleaning. Enjoy the rest of your weekend everybody!


jlc said...

Omg Kuwait next WEEK already?! Eeek! How exciting!!

Love the shoes, have a great first run in them. Let us know when you de-virginize them. ;)

Sara said...

Sorry the run hurt so much. I hear the Asics are great, and I was considering getting those when I need a new pair of running shoes.

R1-n-R2 said...

Did you get the blisters from running in your new shoes? If so I would return them asap...

d.a.r. said...

Eeek he is going to be home SOON! That i awesome. I will keep my fingers crossed that the Army doesn't try to pull a fast one on you.

Tarjay has the cutest running stuff right now! It is all I can do to not buy it ALL!

Hope the knee feels better :(

Rebecca said...

Yay! He's coming home! I really hope the Army doesn't change their mind.

New Girl on Post said...

Oh my, how I love your new running shoes. Seriously, Ascis are the only way to go. At least for me. They are the only running shoes that keep me from getting shin splints and my knees and back from hurting.

loquita said...

I am totally a Nike girl.

And you should definitely have your gait analyzed. I wear a *super* stabilizing shoe because I pronate, and I wonder if weak joints might also be an indicator that a more stable heel is needed in your running shoes? Sucks that you got a blister from the new ones already. (I wear the Nike Air Structure Triax, have for almost four years now)

I WANT A RUNNING SKIRT! And I want to wear it to CrossFit too. The female co-owner of my gym has running skirts, and it looks so badass when she's working out. heh Sounds like I need to get my ass to Target (or online) to grab some running clothes for my warm weather locale. :)

I really want you to see a doctor and get this knee thing figured out. You're too young to give up running! And I agree, if you did it before, there must be a way for you to do it again. Maybe you won't be able to run marathons, but I think 3 miles or 6 miles should be totally do-able. I hope you can get an appointment soon, because it sounds like you're having amazing running weather right now. Keep us posted!

And last but not least, YAY JON IS COMING HOME! :-D So exciting! :)