When Injuries Get in the Way

Every runner says they have knee pain. I get that. But if you read my blog, you already know that I’m all about intense workouts and no excuses. So when I say I have knee pain, I mean, a cry-for-your-mommy, crippling type pain.

So I went to a sports doctor and physical therapy, only to be told that my knees “look fine”. So I tried a sports acupuncturist (yeah, they have those!) and although it seems to be helping, the pain isn’t going away completely.

While I wait for my MRI appointment to hopefully tell me what the heck is going on in there, I continue to do my own research and experimentation.  I recently discovered that my knees seem to expire after a certain amount of time, not mileage. So I decided to try a new approach in yesterday’s Race to The Row 5-mile event: bust out of the gates fast, cover the most miles before my knees give out and then walk the rest.

Sure enough, after that first 20 minutes of maintaining a 7-minute mile pace and passing the masses, the knees started to ache. By the 25-minute mark, they were screaming. But my time was amazing and my heart rate was in check. I had so much more steam! I just couldn’t bring myself to walk it.

So I did what every sports doctor would tell me not to do (and what my husband keeps telling me not to do…): I ran through the pain.  Even with stopping every 1/2 mile or so to massage my knees and calves as the pain pulsed through every part of both lower legs, I crossed the finish line with a new Personal Best of 44:08 — beating my previous 5-mile PB by over seven minutes.

As soon as I stopped running, the pain went away (as it always does) so I made the rookie mistake of thinking I was fine and after showering, went out to run a few errands. Then I got out of the car and nearly fell on my face in the middle of a parking lot.  A moment after that, as I hobbled down the sidewalk trying not to cry and wondering if I should call my husband to come save me, a white-haired little lady with a cane actually passed me. Seriously.

Like I said: heart of a cheetah, knees of a grandma.

Domestically Yours,
Natasha Kay

4 thoughts on “When Injuries Get in the Way

  1. Colleen says:

    Totally inspired by your determination to push through. However, I truly felt your
    descriptive pain! I cannot even push through the pain or I would not be able to walk at all for a very long time. Love the smile on your face, love that family was with you cheering you on. :). Mom

  2. Kate says:

    I also have terrible knee pain, too, from over-running/hiking. Is it excruciating right under the kneecap? It could be paetella tendonitis. Please do let me know what you find out. It’s really awful having knee pain that makes it difficult to walk, much less run. I’m so jealous of people that can walk down the street or around the block pain-free.

  3. peacelovejustine says:

    Have you tried a kinesiologist? If you have knee pain it is the result of one of problems in one of two locations: hip or ankles. A simple step test by a kinesiology student fitting me for proper running shoes concluded that I have over-pronation when I step, resulting in discomfort at my knees. Hopefully this can help you take a step in the right direction!

    • Natasha (Domestica) says:

      I haven’t! But I’m hoping an MRI will shed some light and if not, I might just be up for that.

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