Monday, May 25, 2015

Noblesville Mini Marathon and my knee hates me. Again.

Happy Memorial Day! I SO appreciate all those who serve and have served. Thank you!

Saturday I ran half #14, the Noblesville Mini Marathon.

My Friday started off with a delicious breakfast at Wild Eggs with a friend. I had heard about this restaurant for years, and how good it was. It did not disappoint. We split a breakfast burrito and a pitcher of the best mimosa's I've ever had.
Then I drove up to Indiana to stay with some friends for the night. One of the reasons I run so many races there is because it's a good reason to visit them!
I stopped at the expo and while I was waiting in line to get my packet, I heard someone call my name. It was my girl, Kimberly. She was there promoting the Boom Shakalaka Half. (Which is a night run, and sounds like a blast!! I just might have to sign up for it...)
I went to dinner with my friends, and then carb loaded the right way.
Race day was perfect weather, it was actually a little chilly at the start. We got started at 7:30. It was a small race, only 900 runners. I'm not sure how many of them were half-ers, I would guess 350-400. (There was also a 5k and 10k)
The course was beautiful, ran through what seemed like several parks and lots of shaded areas, which was nice once the sun came out.

I never run with pacers, but during the race I decided to stay with the 2:30 pacer. I actually loved running with her. There were times I felt like I could run faster, but I knew that slowing down and keeping an even pace would really help me out.
Well, I'm not sure what happened to her, but around mile 8 (I think?) she slowed WAY down, and started walking a lot. She looked like she was in pain.
I decided to pass her. I tried to stay at the same pace I had been going, and really thought I would make the 2:30 time, but I ended up with 2:35. Somewhere along the way I must've slowed down.

But that's ok, I was super happy with my time anyway! (I didn't see the pacer again, even at the finish line. I hope she was ok.)
As you know, I've been having knee pain off and on for a long time. Well, during the race my knee didn't hurt at all. But shortly afterwards it started hurting pretty bad.
I drove 3 hours back to KY, and spent the rest of the afternoon helping to get everything ready for my sister's wedding. It was beautiful and amazing, I'll have pictures soon. But I was on my feet for at least 7 hours. I was in charge of the food and desserts, so it was pretty crazy, and I only sat down once for a few minutes.
 So there was no resting the knee!

I woke up Sunday morning and couldn't bend or straighten it out, cannot put any pressure on it (so I'm limping around), and I have a nice little knot on the side of my knee. I did ice and elevate it, so it doesn't hurt then. :)
I'm going to wait a few days and hope it all subsides, without going to the dr...again.
I checked with Dr Google, and just can't figure out what I could've done to it. I've been doing a lot of races lately, but I don't feel like I'm pushing myself too hard, and it's not like I'm new to this. But it is my 'bad' knee, so maybe it finally had too much and couldn't take anymore.

I have ONE more half, in 2 weeks. The Niagara Falls women's half. If I can just get through that one, then I have no more until September. I'm begging my knee to just get me through one more race!

Linking up today with my friend Tara, at Running 'N Reading for the weekend update.


Has anyone had something similar to my injury? 

What are your Memorial Day plans?My Wisconsin sister, her hubby and kiddos are coming over. I plan on snuggling with my precious 3 week old nephew all day long.


katie

29 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm visiting from Tara's Weekend Update . I hope your knee gets better!! I have always been so curious about pacers and what happens if they faulter. Guess now that curiousity just deepens after your story!! Oh and the pitcher of mimosas - AWESOME!

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    1. Hi Lara! I'm planning on emailing the race director and checking on her. Apparently they can get injured just like us! ;) Those mimosa's were amazing!

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  2. Oh no.... i hate knee pain. It just randomly pops up for no reason. Ugh!!! Make ice your friend today.
    cant wait to see wedding pics

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  3. Bummer on the knee! Sounds painful, but hopefully resting it will help. Take it easy today if you can.

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    1. The rest and ice help momentarily! I'm trying to put off the dr as long as possible...

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  4. Sorry to hear about your knee. I'm dealing with an IT issue right now that can manifest as pain on the side of the knee, but it doesn't sound like that's what you're dealing with. It wouldn't hurt to see a doctor. I hope it resolves soon!

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    1. I hate that you're going through knee issues too! I'm thinking mine might be my acl, but I can't really tell. Hope yours gets better soon as well!

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  5. Hope your knee gets better soon. Maybe a sports med massage before the next half.

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  6. If it comes and goes, the knee pain probably isn't something serious. Get it checked out so it goes away.

    Great job on your half!

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  7. I run a lot of half marathons, and sometimes I get little niggles (IT band or hip pain) after running a few really close together. Hopefully, your knee will be fine after a few days rest. You don't need to do a lot of running before your next one so just take it easy. Congrats on a wonderful half.

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    1. I hope that's all it was, just too much at one time. I'm going to TRY to take it easy the next couple weeks. Thank you!!

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  8. Congrats on the race! I hadn't heard about the Noblesville race but I'll have to keep that one in mind for later years. Being from Indianapolis, I'm up for any race north of Bloomington ... nice and mostly flat! :) I hope your knee is better after resting it some more. Knee pain scares me for some reason.

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    1. Hopefully you can do it next year, I love it. I totally understand that scary feeling, we need our knees so we can keep running! Thanks Elizabeth.

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  9. Well, gosh, Katie; I'm so glad that you had such a fun weekend, but I really hate to hear this about your knee! That's so frustrating...ugh. I hope that it gets better for you soon; that's always a scary feeling, for me. I hope your sister's wedding went really well; can't wait to hear more about it! Thanks so much for linking up with the blog; keep us posted on your progress!

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    1. Thanks Tara! It is scary for me too. I can't do what I love to do, with an injured knee and it's so frustrating! I'm hoping it will get back to normal soon.

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  10. Uggh, so sorry your knee is acting up again!! REST!!! And I seriously want to run that Boom Shakalaka half just for the name, Love it!

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    1. Thanks Sue, I'm going to try to rest! I want to do it for the name of the race and for the tshirt! (The one Kim is wearing, only it'll be in black. Every Damn Day)

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  11. So sorry about your knee!! I was just in Niagara Falls recently (the NY side) and saw a bunch of signs for the half. Good luck there!! Hope the wedding went well and your knee gets better fast!!

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    1. I am SO excited about that race! Just to run along the river, and hear the roar of the falls sounds perfect!! Thanks Annette.

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  12. I hope the knee is getting better. Sounds like a good race for you and good food too! I am glad your sisters wedding went well.

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    1. It is getting better. I'll find out how much better when I run again on Saturday!

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