As the knee pain saga continues, I’ve decided to seek out some medical advice and have an appointment with a sports medicine physician soon. In the interim, my brother-in-law doctor recommended rest, ice, anti-inflammatories (i.e. advil) and working on strengthening the quads and hamstrings (if there is no pain).
There are some useful sites out there with some good recommendations for exercises to strengthen the quads:
So far, I’m able to do strengthening and stretching with minimal discomfort and have decided to take the week off from running (despite a STRONG urge to get out there). One week is just that….one week. It won’t make or break training. I’ll start worrying when its more than one. In the off time, I guess I can get the tire on the jogging stroller fixed so me and my first-born can go on a run together again. Yay!
Whew! It’s been about two weeks now since I’ve received the “all-clear” from my OB to resume activities. So for the past two weeks I’ve been loosely following a plan that consists of cardio (e.g. elliptical, treadmill, bike) for 20-30 minutes / 2-3 x per week and weights/stretching for 30 minutes / 2x per week. The biggest hurdles so far have really been building up endurance and muscle. I feel very weak, especially legs and pelvis. Endurance/stamina is beginning to improve…or at least I don’t feel like I’m going to die after 5 minutes now.
Now that I’ve gotten back on track, I need to follow something more regimented. Why? Because I can already see that if I don’t have something down on the schedule, it ain’t happening! There are just too many things that will come up (e.g. kids, house, laundry, wild cats under the deck) that will sidetrack me. So, the next step is to identify a suitable training plan. Read more »