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Leaving My Races

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

It is with a heavy heart that I withdrew from my racing challenges, The Amazing Race, Monopoly & Globetrotters. After 2 months of pain, I am realizing that my knee is not getting better. I so want it to get back to being pain free. In the spring I walked all over the Renaissance Fair with no pain. The topper was when we had the challenge to walk for an hour and I did, and then the next day I walked for another hour. Later that night, I literally could not walk. So, I must back off. I am going to continue to exercise my knee at work, (stretching & strength). But other than that, I’m going back to just 10 minutes of walking and then build slowly and carefully from there. It is the muscle or tendon on the inside of my knee that is just so tight it burns and pulls my patella over. It keeps me from going to sleep at night which is just no good. I’m also going to the doctor for another look.

While I hate to leave my teams because they are just simply awesome people, I know that this is best for me at this point in time. I’m not gone for good and I do have a plan. I will be buying a bike as soon as I can to help strengthen my knees, but just taking it easy. I know I can get back to the place where I should be. My left knee is not as strong as my right. I favor it on stairs and I’m going to stop that odd crab sort of way to climb stairs, I’m sure you’ve seen overweight people do, always leading with one leg. I think it’s made my right knee much stronger than my left. My right knee has no pain and is in great shape. My left knee will get there too. When it does, I’ll be back in my races again and I’ll be better than ever.
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  • AKATUJE
    Get well soon... If you are on the BARS team, whatever exercises you do count, so do stick around there and keep with us. It seems you have the tools and the knowledge to take good care, and nurse yourself to health. Go for it!!!

    A friend gave me an exercise for my knees, bend the knee a bit, put your weight on the knee, apply pressure above and below the knee with your hands, and rotate the knee 5 times anti-clockwise and 5 times clockwise. It has helped me with my knees - they were hurting from running. I don't know if that would help you... might be something you can add.

    Take care, and emoticon
    3564 days ago
  • ROWEENA
    Thanks for the info guys. Ms. Deb, great choice on the 11 exercises, I've actually been doing those since July 6th, they do help and those are the ones I'll continue to do.

    Yes, Sheenadee I've been to a doctor before, I even had an MRI 5 years ago. I can usually work through it and get it better, but this time it doesn't seem to be working. That's why I'm taking it down a notch. I've messed up our Sleep Challenge the past few nights cause the pain kept me awake ;/ I can't have that.

    Amelia, I'm not done yet! I WILL get better and be back at it :)

    Thank you all for your concern. it really means a lot to me.
    Thanks again.
    3565 days ago
  • AMELIASEWS
    Oh, what a bummer! I hope you can get your knees back up to speed and come join us again. Good luck! Be strong! emoticon
    3565 days ago
  • JUSTDEBC
    Oh I really hate to hear this. I know you were so looking forward to this. I hope the doctors can help get your knee back to normal. Don't forget to look for alternative exercise that you can do still.

    I found some articles on here that may be of assistance for you. Keep us posted.

    http://www.sparkpeop
    le.com/resource/fitness_article
    s.asp?id=363

    http://www.
    sparkpeople.com/ma/How-to-get-c
    ardio-with-a-knee-injury?/6/1/1
    8315764

    http://www.spark
    people.com/ma/What-exercise-can
    -I-do-with-knee-injury?/6/1/18793576

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    3565 days ago
  • SHEENADEE
    I'm very sorry to hear about your knee troubles and that this is causing you to leave these challenges. Certainly, I understand your decision. It sounds like you have a sensible plan to work on strengthening your knee. Have you been to a doctor or physical therapist? They may have good advice for you too.

    Take care & I surely wish your knees all the best. :-)

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    3565 days ago
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