Saturday, December 15, 2007

I'm in a Quandry

What does one write about when one doesn't run due to a potential injury? I didn't get to see our sports doc yesterday because they had been closed all week without power. I have an appointment next Friday to see him.

I HATE not running, but I also can't STAND the thought of running on my knee to soon and risk a sliver of a chance of doing the Houston Marathon in 4 weeks, well ok, 3-1/2 weeks. I've got the mileage in but I would like to get around 15-20 miles a week next week and the week after that, but I'm beginning to believe it isn't going to happen.

I noticed last night that at one point, I can't remember what I was doing, but my right knee popped, alot like when you "crack" your knuckles. At times that is what my left knee feels like it needs. I wish I knew more.

We still have several hundred thousand people without power in the state. Fortunately for us here in the OKC metro area we didn't get as much snow last night and this morning as they originally predicted.

Now I'm having thoughts of what we were doing last Saturday in paradise.

There was alot of concrete surface that we ran on in the Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa in November, I'm wondering if that is what aggrevated my knee. I can't think of anything else that would have done any damage......grrrrrr.....

They used a new type of timing chip at the Honolulu Marathon that didn't work out too well. It's the same chip they were going to use in the Houston Marathon..and I stress the word....WERE...now Houston has backed away from it and will be going back to the older more reliable ChampionChip type of timing device.

It would appear that I'm rambling tonight, guess it's because I really want to be out on the streets somewhere, even though it's 28 degrees here right now. I took communion tonight at church and I asked for God's Will to help my knee heal.

After church Bonnie and I went out to do some last minute shopping for a "dirty" Santa gift for our church small group Christmas Party tomorrow night. Each person that comes brings a wrapped gift for playing dirty "Santa". Bonnie gets to pick a nice gift and I get to pick one that according to her is "butt ugly". At least that was her thought last year and MY gift ended up being traded and fought over the most by the group. I'll try and remember to post pics tomorrow of what we are taking before we wrap them up. Guess that will pass some time of not running too.

Well....Goodnight JohnBoy.....

11 comments:

Mary Gee said...

What is a dirty santa?

Arland said...

Randy, I know exactly how you feel. It sucks not to be able to run but I just keep telling myself that all good athletes get injured at some point. So I guess its just part of it. Doesn't help us right now though. Especially when there is an event out there that we need to be training for. You might read some of the runners world forums on injuries or do a Google on your knee. I had patella tendinitis when I first started running and all it took for me was wearing a patella strap for about a week and changing shoes. I would guarantee you that all that concrete at Tulsa did not help either of us. I go to the Ortho Doc on Tuesday so I hope to find something out, good, bad, or anything. It will be 4 weeks Tuesday since I really got to run. Only thing saving me right now is cross training on the bike. Good luck and hang in there! Consider this part of training.

Backofpack said...

Yep it's tough to be out. A week off will probably do you a world of good though - remember, you've got a base now, you just need to hold it. You'll make it!

Molly said...

Take Care of you...find a bike or an indoor pool, get your time in with no contact on that knee. Also make sure that your quads are good and loose...lots of stretching of those quads and hammies!

Take Care

Randy said...

A "Dirty Santa" gift is a game played with a group, everyone brings a wrapped gift, usually with set dollar limit on the gift. The gift can be something nice or it can be something not so nice...or "dirty". I try to find a Santa figure that in Bonnie's eyes is "butt-ugly". Each person draws a number to know the order they can select or "steal" a gift. A limit is also set on how many times after a gift is selected that it can be stolen, last night we set a limit of 2 steals. It's alot of fun, especially when someone gets something they want, only to see it stolen. If you are lucky enough to have a spouse or significant other at the party they can maybe steal the gift back for you. If your gift is stolen then you get to take another unclaimed gift or steal from someone other than the person that just stole from you.....sounds complicated but it really isn't...and it's usually alot of hysterical fun.

Jess said...

Well, Randy, you've run 3 marathons in 3 months. That kind of mileage back to back can cause some wear and tear. I'm no doctor, but my guess is that he or she will prescribe rest. So sorry you're hurting.

Wes said...

It may very well be God's will that you have this knee problem for good reason. Hang in there Randy. If Houston is meant to be, it will happen.

scott keeps running said...

now that you're a marathon expert i think you'll be okay resting for a couple weeks before houston. take it easy. :)

J~mom said...

I agree with the others that a little resting might be in order. Hang in there buddy!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Maybe pray for wisdom to know how God wants you to spend your time and energy while you're 'on the bench'?

Marcy said...

Hang in there Randy (((HUGS))) You "dirty" Santa, you! :P