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Confessions of an Injured Runner

You may have noticed that I haven’t really blogged much lately. (And if you haven’t, that’s okay. I know you all have actual lives that involve more than refreshing my blog for a new post). At first it was because things got crazy and I just needed a break to get my life together.

But lately? To be perfectly honest, I’ve sort of been avoiding all things blog-related. Not because I suddenly hate it, but because when you write a running blog and are no longer really able to run, you sort of run out of things to write about (pun most definitely intended).

There’s only so many times you can say: “Yep. My knee still hurts. Nope, I’m not really running,” and lament about the fact that you can feel yourself getting more out of shape by the minute. So instead, I’ve been saving those complaints for EC. And sparing you all the monotony.

But in case any of you were dying for updates, I’ve put together a consolidated list of all the things I’ve been thinking for the past month and a half…but have been a little too ashamed to admit.

Confessions of an Injured Runner

Coming to terms with a running injury is like handling any sort of grief. It’s normal to go through stages as you learn to cope:

Denial: I’m not injured. So what if it hurts to walk. I just tweaked something. Give me a few days and I’ll be as good as new.

Anger: This sucks. I hate my body. Why does it fail me all the time?? What did I do to deserve this?

Bargaining: Look, body, I know that you’re hurting. But I promise if you please just let me run without pain, I will never mistreat you again. Please, just one run without pain. I promise if you do that for me, I will love running every single day of my life. I will never ever complain again.

Depression/Despair: I will never run again for as long as I live. What’s the point of even hoping. My life is over.

Acceptance: Okay, so maybe I need to take a break for a little while. If I rehab and stay smart now, I will be back running soon. Rest now will make me stronger than ever.

What is probably not so normal is the fact that I’ve been cycling back to depression/despair more often than I would like to admit. Every time I come to a place that seems like acceptance, when a few days go by and I’m still in pain, I go right back to feeling as though I’ll never run again. Logically I know I’m being ridiculous. I know that my injury isn’t really all that bad. And that there’s a chance I’m being just a tad over-dramatic. But logic doesn’t always win.

Plus, letting myself wallow in despair gives me an excuse to be lazy. And sometimes, being lazy is much easier than sticking to an awful cross training regimen.

Meanwhile, EC is running more and faster than ever before. I don’t know why he chose the time that I’m sidelined to take running seriously, but it’s secretly driving me nuts. Just the other day, he went out for a 5 mile run and effortlessly kept a 7:25 pace. I don’t know whether to be proud or hate his guts.

I guess I can’t really blame him though. With places like this all around, it’s really hard to not run.

trail_1See this trail? I want nothing more than to run up it every single day.

I have been taking the news of other runners’ awesome training and amazing race performances with an odd mixture of excitement and depression. This is the fact that I’m probably the least proud of. And the biggest reason why I’ve cut back on my participation in the blog-world. Even though I am very happy for these people, reading about the success of others further highlights your own failings.

I have not been as good about rehabbing my knee as I’d maybe like you all to believe. I blame it on that whole despair thing. And on the mixed messages I received from the orthopedic doc I saw a few weeks ago. While I’ve been stretching, rolling, and taking anti-inflammatory meds like clockwork, I haven’t been great about icing regularly. Or not running at all.

Back at the end of March, I took a full week off of running and just expected my knee to be magically better (spoiler alert: it wasn’t). But ever since my doctor’s appointment when I was told that I could run every other day and that “running won’t do permanent damage” I ended my self-imposed running ban. If a doctor says I could do it, who am I to argue? Plus, with EC being all into running, it’s hard for me to turn down an offer to tag along.

At this point, I’ve tried everything. I got inserts for my shoes. I hated them. I’ve tried different styles of shoes – everything from more supportive to more minimal. Last week, I had myself convinced that if I wore shoes with a low heel-toe offset, focused on my form, and shortened my stride, my knee problems would go away. And it worked – for a few miles. Without fail, 2 or so miles into my run, the pain always comes back.

At this point, I’ve tried everything – EXCEPT for real, sustained time off. Yes, I took a week off in March, but since then I’ve tried running a couple of times a week. And where has that gotten me? Only a little bit better and infinitely more frustrated.

Because when it comes down to it, I am awful at taking my own advice. I can talk to Ali all day long about the benefits of rest. But have I actually been doing it? When I look back at the past couple of weeks, the truth is I have not. Running less is not the same as not running at all.

While I do think there are some mechanical issues with my stride/form that contribute to the pain, clearly changing how I run isn’t going to make it suddenly go away (though hopefully might help prevent injury in the future). I think it’s about time I come to terms with the fact that the only thing that will is time off. I’m trying hard to move into this whole acceptance phase and stay there. Stay tuned.

During those few moments when I’ve moved on from the feelings of despair, I’ve been scheming. Recent Google searches have included “fast fall marathons” and prices for plane tickets to the western part of the country.

this course is fastI like the sound of that

But more than my desire to run fast is this overwhelming urge to just RUN. To feel the wind in my hair, the blood pumping in my veins, the feeling of my heart about to beat out of my chest. To once again lose myself in a long run. To know that my legs carried me for miles from town to town. To feel strong. To move without pain. What I wouldn’t give for a run without pain.

My biggest confession as an injured runner? I am not handling things well. Not all the time, anyway. I know that life is good and that my injury is not all that serious. And that (hopefully) in a few month’s time, this will all be a distant memory. Sometimes it’s just hard to see the forest through the trees.


43 Responses to Confessions of an Injured Runner

  1. Oh man, LB. I could have written this post myself, but it would have been more whiny and less witty. I’m right there with you. I tell you this every day and I’ll continue to say it: You WILL get better. You WILL come back stronger. You WILL run whatever “this course is fast” marathon you choose, and soon the injured runners (um, probably still me) will read your race recap and be in awe and be jealous and stuff.

    I know this may not help much, but try to think this way: Right now SUCKS, and there’s no sugar-coating that. But this is the worst time and the worst part, right? From here, it gets better, ESPECIALLY if you start taking all the advice you’re so good at giving. Easier said than done.

    You know what? This would all sound better in person, I think. Can I come to Vermont so we can talk it out? K SEE YOU SOON.
    Ali´s last post ..Why You Should Not Use Google

  2. You are so authentic, Lauren. Thank you for writing this post – it is easy to be all, “everything is okay” about negative things, but the way you write tells us that no, maybe NOT everything is okay – but admitting this, and being honest and open, now that is what is MORE than okay! (that kind of makes sense, right?)

    I always enjoy your postings. Quality over quantity. <3
    Krissy @ Shiawase Life´s last post ..Brews, berries and…baby ponies!

  3. I’m fairly sure I wrote something along these lines about a year ago.

    Being injured blows. I don’t get the people who get all into cross training because that just adds insult to injury because it sucks and its boring. I found vodka was a good solution to the misery, but its why I’m still 10 pounds heavier than I was before I got hurt last year.

    Also, with regard to knee issues – if you’re doing ART or anything similar, make sure you’re talking to someone who GETS runners. Doctors give bad advice. Like the ortho who told me I was just too old at this point (this point being 32!) Fuck that shit.

    Hang in there!
    AR´s last post ..It seems we have a following…

    • That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard! Since when is 32 old?? I’m not doing ART or even any formal PT. The ortho clinic I went to was supposed to specialize in sports medicine, but I had mixed feelings about the guy who saw me. Unless the person is a runner him/herself, it’s really hard for them to “get” it. So for now, I’m taking matters into my own hands. Talk to me in a few weeks to see how successful that’s been…

  4. Your post was a little more eloquent than the one I posted today…at least we’re in good company? I seriously wanted to push every runner into traffic yesterday, mainly stemmed from that fact that SO many people had awesome PRs this weekend. I’m really REALLY happy for them, but I also hate them with every ounce of my injured being at the same time.

    Although it does give me hope that some people did that AFTER injury (hi Emily)…the same will happen to us, right? And twenty minute PRs mean sub-3? (A girl can dream…)

    Luckily I have a few friends who are injured/have recently been injured in NYC (Betsy, Meggie…Ali most recently), and the most important thing they’ve told me is that it’s okay to be sad about it. Some people have told me that I just need to get over it and accept it and find something else to do with my time. I don’t think they fully understand that running isn’t something I do simply to chase PRs, but instead it’s FUN. And makes me HAPPY. And is stress relief. Some people watch a movie to relax, I like to run. All of which I don’t have to tell you. But it’s okay to be upset about it. We’ll get better SOMEDAY, and hopefully come back stronger. (This is what people tell me, I kind of refuse to believe them.)

    It’s also terrible, but I sometimes wish I had a stress fracture or broken foot so a doctor could say, “6-8 weeks of nothing, then you can rehab.” Because this not knowing thing is terrible…
    Susan´s last post ..how to be injured

    • YES! So terrible, but so true. If you have a definite answer that goes along with a definite treatment (don’t run for X weeks and you will be healed), it’s a bit easier to take. Not knowing when I will be on the road again is the worst part….and probably why I spend more time being depressed about this injury than anything else (as unproductive as that might be).

  5. And because that comment wasn’t long enough…I’ve been looking up fast courses for a return race. First they were in October…now I’m looking at December and January. Gahhhh.
    Susan´s last post ..how to be injured

  6. Oooh, let me know what your research turns up on fast fall marathons!

    I’m so sorry about your injury. I remember that grieving process all too well – I still get teary-eyed when I think about those times.
    Kate (Embarrassment of Riches)´s last post ..New Amsterdam Market’s Bread Pavillion

    • I definitely will! It’s tough now because I don’t really know when I’ll be better. Fingers crossed that I’ll be able to start training again over the summer.

  7. Aside from handling things just as badly through every injury I’ve ever had (I go through 100% of these emotions and confessions) and empathising immensely, all I can offer is the wish I could magically heal your knee and give you a hug at the same time.

    I spend a lot of time in the depression/despair stage and the anger/hating my body stage. Denial drags on until I can’t even sit without pain most of the time. It’s very refreshing to read such a raw and honest post about injury.

    I’m no good with awful cross-training regimes either – the boredom while doing them tends to reinforce not being able to run all the more. My heart aches for you, but I have faith that you will be back out there for your fall marathon. You’re still a brilliant blogger and runner to me.
    Jess´s last post ..Foodie Penpals

    • Thank you very much for this comment, Jess. It’s good to know that I’m not alone in my reactions…as unproductive as they might be!

  8. Hi, I just wanted to say hang in there, it may be hard but you can probably do some cross training (cycling, pool running, yoga, etc.) and walking to keep your fitness level up while you’re not running much. It’s worth healing up and coming back strong.

    I totally understand what you’re going through… A few years ago I played roller derby and it was pretty much my life. Then I tore my ACL and in the process they found that I also had a buckethandle tear in my meniscus. I had to take a total of about 10 months off of skating – 1 1/2 while I was getting MRI’s and waiting for surgery and rehabbing it to get into surgery shape, and 8-9 months after surgery … the first three after surgery were the hardest because I couldn’t do any weight bearing activity. It was really hard not getting out and doing active stuff, hiking and running, skating, etc. And after everything I went through, I decided to stop competing at the full contact sport of derby and switch to trail running, hiking, etc. because I never wanted to be off my feet for such a long time again by choice.

    Anyway, in my case, I knew my knee was messed up and acting weird for a while (giving out at weird times, getting stuck – would have to “pop” it back in) but I kept playing on it and pushing it anyway. The best thing was probably to get the full ACL torn and fixed because it would have been a slightly bum leg forever until that happened. They couldn’t fix a partial tear there. But I wouldn’t recommend going that route to many people – only someone who already has a partial tear and is in the top fitness shape – would lose all that conditioning if you stopped for 6-9 months. However, flip side is that you may be lucky and never tear it all the way.

    But, if you are running on muscle strains and small tears, they can heal if you baby them and everything will go back to normal! But if you continue to stress them out, they will cause you to overcompensate and stress out the other muscles and ligaments and bones and put you at risk for more serious injury – some requiring more off-time or surgery.

    The best thing you probably can do is give yourself lots of recovery times between the occasional runs you’re allowed to do, figure out a rehab plan w/ a good PT to keep yourself busy and active – and do the other exercises to cross-train and enhance the muscles and ligaments which are not injured – and work on your form for future.

    It sucks right now but maybe you can get out and walk some of those trails. Or you could do a run/walk. If that’s too boring maybe do some geocaching or photography while you’re recovering? I know it’s easy for us to give you suggestions and not be the one wishing you had your normal life back …

    And re: your friend who had a ortho telling her/him they were too old to get their knee fixed, that’s BS! I was 37 when I had knee surgery and was in PT with a woman who was 50 and a daily tennis player (she tore her ACL) so that doc was an idiot. If you’re willing to put in the rehab time, you can get your surgery.

    As for you, hopefully you can take care of yourself and NOT NEED surgery!!! Cause being off your feet for so long can be rough. And you need drink holders built into crutches!

    • Trish – thank you so much for your comment…and the much needed reality check that came with it! I’m sorry for all that you went through with your ACL, but I’m glad that you are able to run now. You are right – babying my knee now will only prevent more serious injury in the future. It’s better to be smart now when my injury is relatively minor than have to go through more serious treatment down the line.

      I have been walking the trails a lot, which helps. Unfortunately I don’t have access to the pool, but I have a feeling the stationary bike and I are going to become great friends over the next couple of weeks!

  9. Ever single one of these confessions spoke to me in terms of recollecting my own injury last year (3 months, not one running step taken). Particularly the grief stages…I specialized in the anger/depression area, and there were some very not-so-pretty scenes throughout that time. I know there isn’t anything anyone can say to make it better, and I know this is easier for me to say since I’m not currently injured, but I truly feel that you learn a lot about yourself, as a runner, when you’re injured. I think time off forces us to have a certain humility, and that humility makes us respect and love the sport all that much more. Also, once you do start to get better—which WILL happen—every pain-free step you take, every mile you add one…it’s all going to be so much more satisfying. In the end, I bet you’re going to be such a stronger runner, both physically and —perhaps more importantly— mentally.It takes a lot of courage to get through an injury, and I admire your ability to rationally process it all.
    Robyn´s last post ..Sharing the Miles and Marathon Week!

    • “I think time off forces us to have a certain humility, and that humility makes us respect and love the sport all that much more.”

      So well said. I agree 100% – though it’s hard to keep that perspective when I’m in the middle of the injury. It is funny/ironic how much I want to run when I can’t – and how I take it for granted other times. At the very least, going through injury gives you an entirely new appreciation for the sport.

  10. I’ve so been here. A few years ago I ate up everything a shitty doctor told me while suffering from an IT Band injury, he gave me cortisone injections and told me I’d be good to go in my goal race that fall. I toed the line in a marathon, and eventually had to drop out of the race at mile 22 and wasn’t able to run again for almost an entire year. As in, I wasn’t even allowed to run a MILE in almost a year. I finally wised up a few months after not getting any better after my DNF, got a second opinion and it turned out the original doctor was doing EVERYTHING wrong, even to fitting me for the wrong kind of orthotics – and incorrectly, which only added to the pain I was already in. Cross training, though boring, really helped. Strength training did wonders for me. And thanks to my second opinion I eventually got my BQ and continued to only get faster and faster. Keep your head up. Injuries absolutely suck but they do make you tougher in the end and they make you appreciate running and your body so much more. I mean look at what Emily did this weekend! She is a poster child for how to heal an injury and come back better than ever. You will get through this! Hugs to you!!!
    Mollyberries´s last post ..Thank God for Weekends

    • Yes. Emily’s performance was amazing – and does give me hope!

      Sorry to hear about that crappy doc and your injury, but I’m glad that you ultimately came out stronger!

  11. I think I had a similar knee injury last fall… basically runner’s knee, right? I got fitted for this horrible knee brace. But in truth, it works wonders! After 4 weeks off and now running with this brace on 75% of my runs I feel great! I usually save my non-brace runs for races or shorter runs. The brace is a pain, but better than the knee pain! http://asliceofkiwi.com/im-tired/total-crap.html (Knee brace in this post)
    kimi´s last post ..Operation #FreedomWeek

    • Yep – it’s runner’s knee. Thanks for sharing the brace! It’s definitely big, but I’m glad to hear that it has helped you. Can I ask more about what led to them giving you the brace? Were there specific circumstances around your injury that made the brace the only option? I’m still holding onto the hope that I can go back to running like normal after this is all said and done…

      • Basically I have runners knee because I have a loose kneecap. Likely it was worsened when I was pregnant and never tightened back up like it should have. (Damn babies.) So when I run my knee cap is all over the place causing the runners knee. So for me holding it in place is really the only thing that keeps the runners knee at bay. Eventually I want to move down to more of a sleeve for it but for now this thing is working.
        kimi´s last post ..Operation #FreedomWeek

  12. Booo sorry :-( But good for EC for running so much!! Also, that picture looks like EC is poking at Kole-man with a large stick. I hope your knee feels better soon though!! Until then, noodle and I support your rest period and will sit here, thinking about you and eating lots of ice cream. :-)
    Christina´s last post ..An Island Birthday Weekend

    • haha! He sort of is. Koli kept going after the stick, so EC is pretty much dragging him up the hill by the mouth. So loving…

  13. I am so so so sorry about your knee pain. I am with you 100%. I was supposed to run Boston this year, but at the beginning of March blew out my hip and had to back out. Have you ever considered going to a chiropractor?? I have gone now for all 3 of my running injuries, including runner’s knee, and have been good as new within a month or two of treatment. I wish you hadn’t moved out of RI because I had the BEST chiro in Providence. You should give it a try, the are really awesome for sports injuries.

    Stay strong, don’t run, and focus on your new life in NH and all the wonderful things going on. Not running sucks, but you WILL get better and you are an amazing runner, despite injuries that leave you sidelined for a while.

    Glad to see you blogging again, I miss your posts!
    Karen´s last post ..Winning Workout

  14. What type of knee pain are you having? Mine is probably different but ever since the hilly marathon I ran in March, my right knee has been a little achy/ on and off pain. Funny thing is- it doesn’t usually start until a few miles into a run. It’s been very on/ off again and I’m considering stopping running for a few weeks as well. It’s just so hard to stop cold turkey when I keep hoping the ache will just magically go away and I will be “normal” again…

    I understand what you mean about being happy for friends when they PR but also being a little depressed. Just know that you WILL have your day again. You WILL get healthy and I’m sure that many more PR’s are in store. You are doing the right thing.

    In the meantime, never feel bad about blogging about not running or even complaining about not running. That’s what we’re all here for! :-)
    Tia @ Arkansas Runner Mom´s last post ..Stride to Prevent Suicide 5K- Race Report

    • The pain is mostly behind my knee cap. It started off as intense pain every time I bent my knee, but now is more of a dull ache. Sometimes I also feel uncomfortable pressure behind the kneecap…if that makes sense. It also seems to feel okay until a couple of miles into the run. I think it’s the repeated bending that irritates it (apparently my kneecap tracks a bit to the side when I bend it…at least according to the x-rays).

      Thanks for your comment. I really hope your knee feels better soon!! Maybe a magic cure is in your cards, even if it’s not in mine :)

  15. LB, I’m so sorry and I know exactly how you feel. I was there a few months ago and still am there sometimes when my hip or IT band flares up. It is so hard. I don’t blame you on cutting back on blog world – Reading about everyone racing and training made me sad and, worst of all, made me feel like I had a weakness in that I couldn’t be happy for other people while I was down and out.

    You won’t be injured forever. You will get to train again. And, maybe, you’ll have a better appreciation for it? At least, that has how it has been since my injury…

    Sometimes I would just try to do one positive thing per day for my injury – ice, core, PT exercises. Just one thing.

    Mentally, I just tried to stop looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. I was where I was today and I needed to stop any deadlines of “I want to be running by x/x/2012.”

    And, if there are days you just feel bitter, angry, upset …. just feel it. It’s probably better to let it all out than bottle it up and explode at some point.
    Meggie´s last post ..I’m Starting a 5K Revolution

    • Meggie – thank you so much for this comment! I know that you know all too much how it feels…

      I love your perspective about doing one positive thing per day and your advice to stop looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. Doing that makes my situation seem so bleak (dramatic much!?). This week I have made more of an effort to take things one day at a time. Not only is that a lot more productive in terms of healing, but it’s also a much healthier outlook to have. Now I just have to keep that mentality going for more than 3 days… ;)

  16. I’m SO SORRY, Lauren. I feel your pain. I think a lot of us type A runners are kind of “all or nothing” people. If someone tells you you can run, even if you know you’re a little injured, you’re going to do it. And then again, and then again in hopes that next time it’ll be fine. It’s such an annoying cycle that can go on for a long time. The only thing that gets me out of it is a serious running ban – none at all for a period of time. I find when I do that, i always get better in a week or two (or sometimes 3). Hang in there, my friend! Those gorgeous trails will be waiting for you when you’re back at it :)
    Kelly´s last post ..what goes around…

    • Thanks Kelly! I hate thinking about how long 3 weekse feels when I’m not running, but I have to keep reminding myself that taking the time now means that I avoid greater injury in the future.

  17. Thank you for writing everything I’ve been feeling since my aborted Houston Marathon and dreaded “no running” diagnosis in Feb. It’s been hard to engage when there’s this huge piece of me that just feels jealous and angry I’m not celebrating my accomplishments too. Selfish, I know, but I can’t have kids so I run/ran trails while my friends ran carpools. I have not handled being sidelined well at all!

    Praying for your rapid recovery and return to all things running!!
    Holly´s last post ..Easter Bonnets

    • So sorry to hear that you are also struggling with injury/not running. I know how much it sucks…especially when that injury means you have to sit out of a race you had been training for (though selfishly, I have to admit that it is good to hear I’m not alone in this). I am also hoping for a rapid recovery for you!!

  18. Hang in there!! Injuries are just hard. You WILL run again!
    Emily´s last post ..My dad makes me happy

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  20. Hang in there chica…I came over here after reading Ali’s post. I am going through something similar and it is very frustrating but comforting to know there are others going through it…you will get through this and come out stronger on the other side and will be able to relate to and/or help others in the future. I am going back to the doc on Friday for a follow up on my pulled hip flexor…sigh. Hoping you have a speedy recovery!
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    • Thank you! I know what you mean…as selfish/awful as it may sound, it’s very comforting to know I”m not alone. I know all runners struggle with injury at some point, and it always helps to have people to commiserate with. Hope the doctor’s appointment goes well and you are back to running soon!

  21. Wow I feel like you read my mind!! I wrote something similar a couple of days ago. I get irrationally angry at people jogging in the street and get upset reading a constant twitter feed of fabulous runs. It makes me sad and I really relate to the feeling of ‘I’ll never run again”. It feels like that often. But you will get better!! I hope I do too soon.

    I got told the same thing- run every second day. I’m not overly convinced but we’ll see. Have you tried hip and glute strengthening stuff? Thats what I am doing now with the hope of fixing my itb (in combo with rolling, icing and some waaay too expensive grastons).

    Hang in there!!! I think there should be a website called “Injured Runners Support Group” where all talk of fabulous amazing runs are banned and we can all commiserate and eat frozen yogurt together.

    Keep smiling :)
    Josie @ happycorredora.com´s last post ..A little something different

  22. Oh man I have gone through that depression/ acceptance vicious cycle more times than I can count. I am so sorry to hear about your injury and I hope you heal completely! (that’s better than quickly. Trust me). I think a lot of the other posters covered it, but I’ve found
    1. Actual rest time is key.
    2. Walk/ runs are not resting.
    3. 2nd opinions are good things.
    4. Chocolate and booze help.
    5. Use the non running time to learn something newl
    6. You will get better.
    Good luck!

  23. I recently had my own issues with a no running diagnosis. My problems were centered around a foot problems that I let go way too long because I feared the “you can’t run” lecture from the doc. -After a couple of weeks of walking around angry and totally afraid of losing my fitness I decided I had to come up with a plan that would get me back on my feet and keep me away from the injury sidelines in the future. Anyway, I picked up the book, “Chi Running” and read it madly while sitting on the dreaded stationary bike. Are you familiar with it? I originally thought it was just another barefoot running book, but Chi Running involves the mid-foot strike, cadence, relaxed running, and overall less stress on the body while running. I’m still learning, but it’s been a great time to do so since I’m just getting back into running anyway. -Good luck with your recovery!

  24. I completely understand what you are going through. A couple summers ago (and in the best shape of my life since high school cross country) I woke up one morning after an interval workout a little stiff. As runners we are used to occasional aches and pains, and as it was nothing out of the ordinary, I did six miles that night and was fine as soon as I loosened up. But the next morning, I woke up and couldn’t walk without severe pain in my knee. It got worse and worse, and after MRI’s, PT, and a lot of money, I still never got a real answer. All the PT gave me was pain in the other knee. As much as it sucked, the only thing that helped was the “no running” diagnosis. I didn’t run for over two months, and it was so hard, but I know now that I had to do it or I would never have gotten better. The injury has never really seemed to go away, but at this point it is completely manageable – when it flares up, I ice and wear a band brace. The most important thing is that I learned to listen to my body and how to know when it needs a break. It is really hard for me to consciously choose to take time off from running, but I remind myself of that summer and ask myself, would I rather take a day off willingly or be forced to take two months off again? I hope you feel better and are able to get back to running soon. I am so happy to have found your blog!

  25. I really related to what you wrote & just wanted to say I feel your pain & it was so refreshing to hear someone else feeling many of the same things I am.

    I’m 18 & an avid runner. I love it. I began to get knee pain a month ago and went in for an MRI to find out I had Bursitis in my knee. The doctors pretty much left me out to dry on treatment of it all and I tried to stay off it for a week. With my mind playing tricks on me it started to feel better so I happily began to run again, only to find two days later increased pain. I feel your pain with having to stay off it & I’m with you here. Despite all advice I just can’t seem to rest it and it’s torturous.

    I now work with physical therapy to heal it, but it’s a process I just can’t seem to wait out.

    I’m glad I found your blog, being able to relate with someone was great. I’m sure by now your issues have long been healed, but It still feels great to know I’m not alone.

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