Wednesday, May 11, 2011

hobbled and humbled

Today marks my 8th straight day of zero running! This is the longest non-running streak for me in 2 solid years. It seems my right knee is going to keep me out of commission for awhile. This has been extremely difficult... mentally, emotionally, and physically. I don't think i ever really take running for granted, even during the most mundane or difficult runs i have a sense of appreciation for being fortunate enough to do what i do, how i do.

I went to my local doctor yesterday just out of desperation really.... and of course he turned, pulled, poked and prodded on my leg and knee, suggested i take it easy for another 7-ish days and take this potent anti-inflammatory drug. I suggested that maybe if he could help me decide if it were my meniscus, or possibly my medial ligament.... or....! Oh...ha ha theres no need to worry about all of that right now. But I've been worried about "all of that" for over a month now!!! Just stay away from running and take these pills. Damnit!!... Gee thanks Dr. dinosaur!

It's amazing how much running keeps me balanced in all the key areas of a happy existence.... key word... balanced. There are many things in my life that make me happy beyond words, its just that running in the mountains has a unique way of making me feel very connected, healthy, and centered, very important for the human being that i am. Ok, I'll stop before things get too philosophical. Hopefully with a little patience and determination I'll be back at it soon.


  1. It will get better soon man. I hit a rut 2 months back with my inner knee and had to take almost 2 weeks off. It was a bursitis issue. Most time off ever for me. I cross-trained quite a bit and slowly got back into it. I was shocked because I pay a lot of attention to strength training and injury prevention. I feel having such a cushioned shoe was part of the problem for me, resulting in some muscle imbalances around my knee. I since switched to a NB minimus and feel better off than before. You will be back at it soon. Best wishes.

  2. Thanks soo much for the kind words William. Its so easy to feel like its only happening to me in those moments when I'm looking out my window at the beautiful surrounding mountains, especially when friends are inviting you on runs in those mountains. I certainly realize thats only my selfish side. Thanks again! Very glad to hear you're over your injury. Enjoy!