It’s been a while! I have been nursing my knees and feeling sorry for myself, as the best running weather gently passes me by. It’s been a good 4 months since I ran myself into injury, and I have rested enough. To be honest, there has been no improvement, and I think that not exercising makes my knees worse. I know, I know, I was supposed to take up swimming. But swimming is mafan. And expensive. And dull.
Also, whilst I can’t deny I like the fact that I have lost even more weight since I stopped exercising, the truth is I’m actually becoming skinny-fat because I’ve lost all those running muscles.
So I went for a nice long run!
Just kidding. I walked to the gym and jogged 0.8km on the treadmill, in EIGHT MINUTES. I would have liked to make it to the 1km point before admitting defeat, but the pain in my knees decided otherwise. However, I did hammer out 4km on the elliptical so it wasn’t a complete waste of time.
BUT GOD I MISS RUNNINGGGGGG
To be honest, I am not convinced my knee pains are really connected to my running (although the stress fracture is definitely due to over-training). Both the doctors I saw about my knees were quite rude and didn’t want to listen about my history, focusing instead on how I had been running too much. I have been reading about the relation between psoriasis and colitis (both of which I am blessed with) and whilst I don’t want to use the internet to self-diagnose, I am wondering if my joint pain/inflammation could tie into them as yet another autoimmune reaction — I’m so lucky! 3 for the price of 1! Of course I would like to discuss this with a doctor, but I think it’s something that I will have to deal with when I am in a country with free healthcare, preferably Australia.
Anyway, in my experience, the best way to alleviate autoimmune disease symptoms is to exercise regularly and eat well (and I suppose sleep well, sigh). So I think it’s time to end these 4 months of “resting”. I’m not going to run through pain, but as long as it doesn’t hurt, I am going to ease back into running now. Next goal: jog an ENTIRE kilometre!