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Major meltdown

The running?  It started out ok, and then exactly 1 mile in I felt the familiar tightening in the back of my knee, immediately followed by pain all down the outer side and around the outer side of the knee cap.  Then I threw a minor temper tantrum, the real one I saved for the car, and pulled my headphones out of my ears and threw them against the treadmill.  I walked for another mile, trying to keep myself from bursting into tears the entire time.  Apparently I was not hiding the fact that I was upset very well, because the guy next to me asked me at the end of my lame 25 minutes if I was ok.  I explained that yes, I’m fine just frustrated with some IT band issues I’m having.  He looked at me and said he didn’t know what that was.  I vaguely explained all the while getting angry at this guy, who had just done a pretty major hill run, who did not know what this major tendon in your leg is.  How come he gets to run and I don’t?  And then, while still trying very hard not to cause a very public scene, I sulked over to the mats to stretch and do abs, and who was sitting there?  The ex bf and his friend.  They waved, I waved back, and then got back to pouting.  I managed to get through some crunches and stretching, and then just gave up.  I walked out to the car and then the bf called.  I think I barely got out a “hello” before I started crying.  Not tears of pain, just frustration and anger.  Ugh, even as I write this I want to cry again, but that won’t help  my leg, or will it?

So now I’m at a loss.  I’ve been doing exactly what my doctor recommended, I took three weeks off, I started back slow, I stretch a million times more than I ever did before, I don’t know what else to do.  If anyone has any advice please help me.

Ok, that’s enough complaining from me.  Because of my bad mood, I did not feel like cooking at all, that’s when those frozen pizzas really come in handy.  I poured myself a giant glass of wine, and tossed a White Pizza from CPK into the oven.

This one is definitely my favorite so far.  I added some Turkey Pepperoni for some more flavor.  Then the rest of my night was spent like this, with a glass of wine in my hand.

Do you like how I use an eye mask so that I can tie it around my knee, and still move around? Haha.  I never know where to ice, since even though the pain is in my knee I’m pretty sure it originates where the tightness is in my thigh.  Maybe I should just sit with my whole leg in an ice bath.

So the Olympics are seriously infringing on my sleep, normally I am in bed between 9-9:30 on weeknights, but now I find myself still up watching TV at 11 pm.  Damn you ice dancing, and your late night broadcasts.  Alright, well I hope everyone has a nice day.

28 Responses

  1. I love your blog! Running, eating, and boozing! Is there anything else? lol….I have the same problem with my knee. I’ve had to take it easy on running for a while. I’ve definitely had days like the one you described, and my way of dealing with it is similar to yours….I pour a glass of wine, turn on my music, and soak in a hot bubble bath. Good luck to you, and I hope your knee begins to feel better. 🙂

    • Thanks for coming over and commenting! I really can’t think of any better three things, haha. A bubble bath sounds delightful, I wish I had thought of that. Thanks for the well wishes 🙂

  2. I’d hit up the pool while the knee mends. Swimming is the only exercising I do. It gets a little boring, but running does to. And all I know is that everyone in the pool around me is 60+ while the people chugging away on the treadmills upstairs are in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. They’re just running away from the inevitability that they’ll eventually be in the pool too. I figure if I take it easy on my knees and joints now they’ll be extra spry for me in old age.

    Or you could do what this guy does, even though he’s a bit pretentious:

    Lastly, have you tried to parlay this blog into a sponsorship from McCormick spices. They put a banner on your page and you use their spices in your cooking. Seems like a perfect match.

    • I’ve thought about swimming before, but I don’t own a one piece bathing suit, or goggles, and I wasn’t sure about investing. I might look into it more now that it looks like recovery is going to take a little longer than expected. Ooooh, I dunno, I think barefoot running is a little too badass for me. I hadn’t thought about the McCormick spice thing before, but now I am. Thanks!

  3. i had a CPK frozen pizza on sunday night, too! they’re so good. i love the crispy thin crust pizzas but haven’t tried the others. your pics make me wanna try the doughy crust. it looks fabulous!

    • They really are so good, i’m very glad I made use of the coupons the restaurant gave me the last time I was there. Thanks for coming over and commenting!

  4. Oh I love CPK pizza. Yours looks delicious! Especially with the turkey pepperoni. And I’m sorry about your IT Band issues. It must be so frustrating.
    Hope you have a good Tuesday!

    • Yeah, those pizzas have been a trend on here lately, haha. Probably about time to take a break. Thanks, it is extremely frustrating, I just want to feel good. Thanks for coming and commenting, hope you have a great day!

  5. Ugh! I’m sorry to hear about the issues again… and I would have gotten annoyed at that guy, too. My friend the other day was like, “yeah, I just felt like running, so I went out in KC and ran like six miles. It was great.” And he’s not even a runner. I’m like, “uhh…. yeah, I ran the 3.75 I’m allowed to do by my doctor… It uh… felt ok.” Lame.

    Here’s to a better Tuesday! Although, I don’t really like Tuesdays, so lets just start thinking about how great tomorrow is going to be! 🙂

    • I hate people that can do that, I usually just want to punch them. The only reason I like Tuesdays is because LOST is on, but I really can’t wait for the second half of this week.

  6. I hope you get these running issues straightened out. I know from experience how exasperating it can be.

    Idiot here, but does a white pizza mean alfredo sauce?

  7. Hey there – this seems like a kinda awkward moment to be a first-time commenter – but hang in there! Knee problems are insidious little bastards, and sometimes take a lot longer than you’d prefer to solve. And I’m speaking from experience here (yes, even with the tantrums). But..uh. At least you have wine?

  8. I’m so sad that I’ve been missing the ice dancing to go to bed. Perhaps tonight I’ll stay up to watch the Ladies.

    I’m sorry the run wasn’t wonderful, injuries can be so stressful and frustrating…especially when you listen to the doctor’s orders. Hang in there…it won’t last forever.

    • Yeah, I totally fell asleep before the final group last night, and obviously they were the best performers, so sad. Thanks for the advice, just trying to stay positive.

  9. so sorry to hear about all this. i’d say you take up another activity that you enjoy for the time being (swimming?) and let your leg do some more healing. must be so frustrating.

    hang in there!!

  10. Oh Kelly I am so sorry!!! HANG IN THERE!! My heart completely goes out to you! Have you thought about swimming?! It is a GREAT cardio workout and would probably feel really good on your IT band!

    • Thank you, I’m trying to stay positive! I’ve been considering swimming more and more, looks like I may have to go purchase a one piece and some goggles.

  11. Hi there, I just discovered your blog and love it! This post was especially pertinent to me right now. I’ve had recurring IT band issues for over two years now (only in my left leg, interestingly), and I understand full well how frustrating and demoralizing the condition can be. I’m sure you’ve tried a lot of remedies, but I personally have found relief in wearing an IT band compression strap whenever I have flare ups (which seems to happen like clockwork every six months). Here’s a link to the one I use:


    In any event, hang in there, and I hope you feel better soon!

    • Hey, thank you! Two years?!?! I would be going insane! Mine is only my right leg. Thanks for the link for the compression band, I might very well be trying this out!

  12. That totally sucks about your knee! I am however that you didn’t cause a scene at the gym. I absolutely would have. But I’m maybe a little over dramatic for my own good.
    Hopefully the wine helped. I find wine helps just about anything!

  13. You just run a treadmill, right?

    I wonder if that could be part of it. Because there is a degree of unnatural strain with that, you could actually be irritating your ITB. Some people don’t have any problems, but just like running on the same side of the road can trigger things, the forced forward motion could be part of the issue.

    Clearly, I’m not a doctor. But I had this discussion with someone recently who had to STOP using them solely because they aggravated an existing injury so it came to mind.

    • Yeah I do, and I thought about that, hopefully if it ever stops snowing I’ll be able to get outside and try and run, and see if it makes a difference. Thanks for the advice though.

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