Skin The F*ing Cat.

Dr. HenbestMonday I was diagnosed with tendinitis.

And of course…it’s in my right freakin’ knee, the one area of my body that truly needs to be in the game to run a bloody marathon. (Okay, anything lower half is pretty damn important when you’re a runner.) I’d have settled for tendinitis in my wrist, elbow, hell, even a butt cheek! (Is that even possible?) But alas, someone somewhere has other plans for me.

I wasn’t surprised when Dr. Henbest told me the news. My first question was, “When can I get a shot?” He raised his brow and said, “I won’t inject you there. It could rupture the tendon, which would ultimately lead to surgery.”

I sighed (out loud for effect) and said, “Okay. Then let’s talk pain management. What can I do to guarantee I’ll make it to the start line?” He came back with, “There are NO guarantees.” (Bloody freakin’ hell.)

The good doc put me on 2400 mg of Motrin (per day), told me to take a minimum of 2 weeks off from running and sent me on my way.

Unfortunately, the medical industry as a whole doesn’t seem adequately equipped to help with the mindset side of an injury. (Hey, if you work in this field, forgive me and I totally freakin’ salute you. But I have never had a doctor offer to hug and/or sing Kumbaya with me.)  I left the doctor’s office feeling bereft, angry and outrageously at a loss for what my next steps should (or could!) be. When I got into my car, I sat for a few minutes and thought, “Oh f*. Now what?” The first thing that came to mind was to call Shari, my trainer. Seems to me this is a PERFECT time to ramp up my lean and mean.

I didn’t stop with Shari. I hit up my chiropractor yesterday and also opted for some acupuncture:

acupuncture 9.11.13 Yes, I realize there are needles in my feet and not my knee…both of my dawgs have been aching for a week. (I know right? Talk about kicking a girl when she’s down.)

Surprisingly, I don’t feel defeated or deflated by this turn of events. I feel ready to put this b*tch to bed.

My revised training plan includes an a** load of rowing and swimming. Shari helped me with a new routine to further strengthen my hips and core. I’m committed to staying OFF my legs for at least two weeks in hopes there are miracles in the works. Best case, I make Portland with no further problems. Worst case, I find another race this fall and give my knee a few more weeks to heal. (Either way, I will finish this training cycle strong AND run a second marathon.)

I told my sisters in my 100 Day Challenge that there’s more than one way to skin a f*ing cat. (I.e. burn down 26.2.)

Right now, I’m out to prove it’s true.



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6 Responses to Skin The F*ing Cat.

  1. Carrie September 12, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Oh, girl. I’m sorry, that just blows. I ran my first marathon in ’11 and trained for my second last year. One month before the marathon, my son accidentally dropped a bowling ball on my big toe, breaking it in three places. The marathon was obviously out and I threw an absolute tantrum/pity party. 😉 There was nothing I could do but rest and wait for it to heal. I’m gearing up for my second marathon (again). Training began last week and I’m starting out with a back injury. I’m starting to think that maybe a higher power is trying to tell me something? My advice is to REST- you’re doing the right thing with the low impact workouts. Hang in there. As runners, we know how hard it is for us to take time off. Good luck to you and I’m crossing my fingers that you make it to that starting line (and finish line)!

  2. Christy September 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Kansas City Marathon is 2 weeks later……things that make you go hmmmm 🙂 I totally wish you the best luck for Portland though and want you to finish that race. But you got some kick ass friends willing to accommodate you a few weeks later.

  3. Jen September 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    When I was having terrible knee pain, I rested for two weeks and my knee got better…until the first time I ran again. After that, I went to see a doctor who specializes in running injuries. He had me running pain-free within a week. If you don’t figure out the mechanics behind your injury, it’s going to keep happening. I remember seeing the picture that you posted of your old shoes and the wear pattern looked alarming.

  4. Holly September 15, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    I hurt my knee training for my first marathon two years ago. Motrin, ice and two weeks off and then I busted out a 16 miler. Its more mentally tough than physically. You’ve definitely got the right attitude! You’ll be great

  5. Jess September 15, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    So bummed to hear about your injury! Keep up the cross training and you will be back and ready to hit the pavement again! I know it must be killing you to rest….I am starting my taper for the Twin Cities Marathon Oct. 6 and it is a hard thing to do! Sending healing thoughts from MN! take care 🙂

  6. Angela September 23, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    My advice after running close to 20 marathon’s and 6 ultra’s would be to stop attempting to run when you are two weeks from race day. All the training you have done over the last few months is the base that will take you to race day. I have coached many a runner and when this has happened my advice has always been to take the next two weeks off and run an easy 2-5 days before the race to really evalute your pain level. You can only do more harm than good during the last two weeks. I had the same injury weeks before my first Boston Marathon. I had a cortisone shot and rested for 10 days and ran Boston with no pain.

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