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.