Three years ago, I ran the Seattle Rock & Roll Half Marathon in 2:07:08 and was completely stoked! It was an amazing accomplishment and something that I didn’t know I wanted to do until I decided to do it.
When I registered for that event, I committed to the training and the process. I started training during the winter snow and fell in love with running.
I had also decided that instead of running one half-marathon that summer, I would run two. I figured that it was only another 6 weeks of training and it would be incredible to be part of the inaugural SeaWheeze event.
The training between Rock & Roll and SeaWheeze didn’t flow nearly as well. We went on a two weak vacation and getting the runs in was harder. I ran on the treadmill for one long run, skipped a couple of the runs and ended up running from Disneyland to our hotel and back as an impromptu run (we forgot something in the room, and I just went for it!)
When it came time for SeaWheeze, I thought I was ready, but was a little concerned about the part of the course that went over the Burrard Street bridge and up/down the hills to/from 4th Avenue. But I let those thoughts subside and just took my stride. It was about mile 4 that something in my knee went. I still am not sure what it was but I trucked on, for 9 miles with an injured leg. My time was 2:18ish.
I was sore from the run. And in pain from whatever happened in my left leg.
And then I began the physical therapy – I think I’m better – Oh that hurts – I need to re-evaluate cycle.
In April, of this year, I ran the inaugural Run MS here in Seattle ~ I mean, how does a personal trainer who loves running and has MS not run this event?
So I ran. And I did my 10 minute miles, as I had planned (not much training beforehand) and then walked the 4.2 mile Walk MS course and my knee told no thanks.
I didn’t really know what was going on, and part of me thought it was in my head. I had a deadline… SeaWheeze 2015 is on August 15th and I have my shorts and entry… I needed to start training for my redemption event!
So I rested it and iced it.
And then at the end of April, I was at the IDEA PTI West conference and attended my friend Scott Rawcliffe’s session called “Gluteus to the Maximus.” In that session, he showed another participant how to do a certain test using me as the subject. He put his hand on my left knee and began the demo and I’ll never forget his words “What’s up with that knee?” ~ and I knew this wasn’t all in my head!
I sought out a new physical therapist and a sports medicine doctor who could help me to figure out what was going on with this knee.
- The pain was getting more constant
- My left quads were getting weaker
- I worked on strengthening my quads and my glutes and my core
- There was nothing on the xray (that’s good)
- The doctor suspected the plica band rubbing the inside of my kneecap
So, I was sent to get an MRI in order to get a better look. This was on June 12th. And on June 22nd, while the girls were at gymnastics, I went back to my sports medicine doctor to get the results.
He was correct. The plica band was enlarged and likely causing the discomfort I experience while running.
The only way to remove this barrier is surgical, so off I went to the orthopedic surgeon’s office to make an appointment.
And life went on… until July 7th, at 3pm when I met my future surgeon.
The surgeon shed additional insight into what is likely happening inside my knee:
- The plica band is rubbing the inside of my kneecap
- There is something going on with the meniscus, it could be a bruise or a small tear
- There is inflammation in the fatty tissue on the inside of my knee.
The three elements combined to make it a fairly easy decision to go ahead and have arthroscopic surgery of my left knee.
Surgery is taking place on Tuesday July 14th.
The plan is to remove the plica band and then my doctor will determine what the best course of action for the meniscus is once he is able to get under the skin and take an un-obscured look at it.
I’m optimistic about the surgery and relieved to know that something is actually going on in my knee and it wasn’t all in my head.
Keep me in your thoughts on Tuesday and I’ll provide an update both here on the blog and also on Facebook.