Oh, I forgot to mention something awesome about my epic run with Pat Farmer!
I didn’t wear knee sleeves!
Normally, I always wear knee sleeves to compensate for my poor biomechanics –the outside of my quads are stronger than the inside, so my patella is jacked out of place when I run, which causes swelling and pain. Basically – runner’s knee! Here’s a more thorough explanation of my knee issues.
Runner’s knee is pretty common problem, especially for female runners. I’ve been checked out by loads of doctors and physical therapists, and they all say I’m okay to run with sleeves as long as my knees don’t hurt (if you have the same issue, please get checked out by a qualified sports doctor because it can be serious). Many PTs have told me to do knee strengthening exercises to correct the problem on the muscular level, but I’ve always been too lazy.
A wonderful side effect of triathlon training: I just didn’t need the knee sleeves today! I haven’t run without sleeves in more than three years, but today, I was fine. I think it’s a combo of the swimming, cycling, and the strength training that I’ve been doing. Pretty neat, huh? I love how triathlon training makes you stronger in so many different ways!
Enough about my silly knees, here are this afternoon’s eats! Steamed greens, GF bread, and hummus:
Fruit and stuffed dates:
Please combine almond butter and dates RIGHT… NOW.
Oh, and chocolate. Kind of a random combo of eats. Lots of small plates. But very delicious!
Anyone else experiencing some awesome and surprising side effects from their workouts? If I could ditch the knee sleeves forever, I would be THRILLED.