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Runner’s Knee

I’ve had some free time on my hands lately so I’ve been running around a track & field near our condo every morning.  I don’t run fast and I don’t run for long (about 3 miles), but I’ve been doing it consistently.  Recently however, I started getting knee pain in my left leg.

I was really excited to have my first ever athletic injury, but determined that it is probably from doing something wrong.  Dan always says I walk “too loud” so I’m probably running awkwardly as well.  I am not an athletic person (I know, shocking right?).  I did 2 sports in high school only to be a well-rounded college applicant.  Those 2 sports were swimming (no cuts, and I was the slowest one) and golf (also no cuts and everyone who joined made the team).  I actually picked up golf for that purpose and I’m pretty awful.

I was reading this article on my knee pain to see if I could find a cause for it or if there was anything I could do:

  • It could be a biomechanical problem:  Huh?  How do I check for that??
  • Tight hamstring and calf muscles put pressure on the knee: That is probably true for me. I am not flexible at all and can’t touch my toes 😦  I think this has to do with my back problem though (discussed later)
  • It strikes mostly younger, recreational runners and twice as many women as men: That’s me!  It goes on to explain that Women tend to have wider hips, resulting in a greater angling of the thighbone to the knee, which puts the kneecap under more stress. Shit son, I have wide hips.  I think this article is calling me fat.

Anyway, I just bought this cool little knee strap on Amazon and hoping it will help.  If not, at least I will look super cool wearing it:

Remember in elementary school where they check you for scoliosis?  Back then I was sent to a doctor after detection.  They determined I had slight scoliosis, whatever that means.  Basically nothing I can do but they said it shouldn’t affect my life too much.

Sometime after college I did go to a physical therapist after getting sore from doing kickboxing and cardio classes.  Again not much they can do except try to strengthen muscles in my back and abs and do some stretching.  Like this “cat stretch” that I’m unable to do:

Though I can’t say for certain, here are some of the things I believe this slight scoliosis prevents me from:

  • Slouching.  I always sit up really tall and I can’t help it.  Airplane seats that are curved with the pillow area down are so uncomfortable!
  • A sit up. and vice versa.  My back won’t curve so if I’m trying to go from a sitting position to laying flat on my back, I will just fall- hard.
  • Plank position.  Yes, yes it’s also because I have weak abs but I feel like this is 10 times harder for me because I don’t get to curve my back a little.
  • Touching my toes.

I’m planning to take a few days off from running to see if it gets better.  In the meantime, I need to think of other things to do with my extra time besides drinking.

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