I feel like my weekend was a whirlwind! I am glad to be sitting on my behind and relaxing now.
After posting my race recap, I ate some cherries and collapsed in bed. I was so tired and needed to nap desperately.
I woke up and proceeded to ice my knees… again.
Since being diagnosed with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, I have basically figured out how to manage my knee issues:
- Do physical therapy exercises everyday.
- Stretch everyday.
- Before runs, pop ibuprofen.
- After runs, pop ibuprofen.
- Tape knees.
- Ice knees until they are completely numb after all runs.
- Pray. 🙂
I know this seems a little extreme to some
non-runners people, but these tactics allow me to continue running with minimal or no pain. The pain is caused by my knee swelling, so the ibuprofen and ice really help reduce that. The doctor and my physical therapy have cleared me to run even if I experience minimal pain, so it’s all good!
I also inhaled two bowls of cereal:
And some dates:
And for dinner, I made a veggie burger with grilled pepper and onions. Yum!
We bought veggie burgers in bulk from Costco. They are OK tasting but super inexpensive!
Plus, Pop Chips:
And celery and carrots:
And then I wrote ALL afternoon long. Wrote, wrote, wrote. It was fun and productive. I’m loving that I’m finding time to write — it makes me feel happy and complete.
Just slammed a Chocolate Amazing Grass with unsweet almond breeze. Yum!
Glad to hear you're getting a chance to rest and relax your knees. You deserve it after your race!