Somewhere along the way of those 54,136 steps of my left foot my left knee said "enough" and started hurting like it has never hurt before. Knee pain, knee pain, knee pain,... I suppose it would not be too difficult to make the argument about overuse, I mean look at these numbers. I do not recall any specific incident, twist of the knee, stepping in a pothole, trip, nothing. It just started gradually hurting more and more.
Somehow I was able to finish the race. Once home and after a bunch of googling, the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) approach seemed to make a lot of sense.
|My knee's two new best friends|
So I continued googling and reading everything and anything I could find on knee pain - there is a lot out there on the subject. Two of the sites that I thought were really good:
What I have learned: The knee is incredibly complex and is made up of a lot of things. It is designed in such a way to allow us to put a lot of stress on it, on a daily basis. However, and just like the rest of our body, it is not designed to last forever. So even without a specific incident of something to cause pain, things like arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, strain, overuse can all impact it.
I am slowly getting back to my walking. Although my training plan called for 36 miles this week, all I've been able to do was one quarter of a mile :) and I was happy to be able to do that. I will slowly add distance back as the knee allows it.
Update 11/20: Knee is feeling much better. Convinced it was most likely Tendinitis. I do have Tendinitis in both wrists and when it flares up, just put the wrist brace on for 7-10 days, limit the use and the inflammation goes away. That is what it was like with me left knee. Hopefully it does not flare up again during a race :)