Wednesday, December 2, 2009

This isn't good.

It happened again. My knee popped.

Five miles into my intended 18 today, pop. OUCH. I tried to run on it and ended up almost falling.

The five miles pre-pop were easy; limping home five miles was hard.

OK, I'm being stoic. It was beyond hard. It sucked. It it was upsetting. Humiliating. And frightening--what if this painful "pop" was a serious injury that would sideline me for months, if not indefinitely?

I ended up in the ER. And on crutches. It's a sprained ligament--they couldn't tell me more than that without an MRI. Which I will hopefully get on Monday, when I can get in to see my orthopedist.

It hurts and I'm upset. But being a silver-lining kind of gal, I'm not 100% convinced that being forced to take a break, even if it's for a few weeks, is such an awful thing right now.

I've been running on empty fumes for a few weeks now, ever since my half marathon in November, which I'm starting to think I should have taken the time to recover from.

You know, more than one day off.

I've felt run down. Exhausted. Waking up at 4 am has lost its die-hard charm and has become, well, waking up at 4 am.

I hate limping. I hate being sidelined. (And don't get me started on how much my armpits HATE crutches.)

But I'm hoping to return to the road a wiser, calmer and more well-rested runner. OK, I won't lie--at this point I'm scared, and I'm just hoping to return to the road, period. But if I could do it with better needs and a cooler head, I think that would be a good thing.  Because having an "overuse" injury is no badge of honor.


  1. Oh yuck! I hope that by the time you read this things are looking better.

  2. Jorie, I'm thinking about you and bringing you along on every mile I run. So, don't worry, while you're resting I'm training for us both! Love you!

  3. I am hopeful that a lot of rest will heal things. hang in there. better to rest and heal so that you can run for the rest of your life than to overdo and be sidelined forever.

  4. I am hopeful that a lot of rest will heal things.

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  5. I hope that by the time you read this things are looking better

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