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I have not exactly been running. It has been two months since I ran last.  I keep having this feeling to wait, so I do. What I have been doing is working out.  For work, they allow us to use the weightlifting facility that the football players use (Thank you Southern Utah University).  This has saved me a lot of money. The other great thing…. there is a trainer there to help out.  Most of the time there are only a few of us so we get him all to ourselves.  Of course, we focus on exercises for runners.

If you have experienced a knee injury similar to mine (friction where the IT band connects with the knee) then this is for you.

I asked him about what types of exercises to do for my type of injury.  Nothing against the dr or the physical therapist, but this guy seemed to know more about what to do than they did.  He gave me the following exercises to use to focus on quad’s and hamstring.

Barbell Deadlifts, exercise ball curls and the third which I don’t have a name for… but you are on your knees with a person behind you holding down your feet. I fall forward catching myself and then slightly pushing back up, but most of the effort of getting up comes from your legs and core.

I have also been doing squats, lunges, bench press, and others.  It has been great. I have been challenged, but not too overwhelmed.

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What do I do now? Wait it out I guess.

I asked a friend who just finished physicians assistant school what the injection entails. He recommends it according to what I am feeling and experiencing. He said it is a pretty potent steroid and I should feel relief within a few days or weeks.

So I guess physical therapy is out for now. I will wait a few more weeks while I ice and rest my knee. I do recommend the r.i.c.e. treatment. It will help you. Lots of massaging that focuses on the area that hurts will also help.

Am I getting anxious to run? Yes. Am I learning patience? Yes. Will I run again. You bet I will. Next up is to run a mile or two without pain.

Have you ever noticed that when you run you always have a goal? If not, you should. Always be pushing yourself.

MRI

Posted: September 27, 2011 in Marathon Training, physical therapy
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Well, I had the MRI this morning.  It was quite the experience. That machine is huge and I am definitely glad I didn’t have to stick my head in there. The part that was not fun was that I was told to be completely still. I find that difficult, but even more difficult when you start to get that “itch”. It was on my leg, but couldn’t do anything about it for 10 minutes. crazy. It was hard to distract myself from the “pain” of the itch.

I didn’t get instant results telling me why my knee has been hurting, but they will come in the next couple of days. I really really hope that we get answers to figure out where the pain is coming from and figure out why a month of physical therapy didn’t help.

I have been to physical therapy 4 times now. What I originally thought to be an IT band problem might be more than just soft tissue damage. My ability to run even short distances is on hold.

I will try and get scheduled for an MRI soon. I am sad because I thought doing physical therapy would heal me. Nope.

I am saddened because every time I see a runner I wish it was me. There was a half marathon today and I couldn’t run it.

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