Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a nice weekend.
Well, I’m pretty thrilled because I went out for a nice and easy three-mile run earlier today to see how my knee felt, and it went better than I expected. I could feel the uncomfortableness occasionally (it’s not really sharp pains, just dull pains surrounding the kneecap), but for the most part it was smooth sailing. If I ran over a curb and used my left leg to jump up on it, I did experience some pain, but not too bad. This makes me SO happy. I knew I shouldn’t push it so I tried to go slowly (although it did seem like the slower I ran, the more pain I felt), but it was hard not to sprint since I was feelin so good. I did some strength training when I got done, and I’m going to ice and stretch tonight. I’ll probably rest again tomorrow, but I’m feeling hopeful that I can run my half in two weeks. Fingers crossed!
I’ve been reading about runner’s knee, and the symptoms sound the same as mine. I remembered recently that when I was growing up, if I crouched down and tried to stand back up quickly, sometimes one of my knees would dislocate and it was super painful. I’d have to sit down and kind of wiggle my leg back into place and stand up slowly. This pain could be stemming from that, or just that my kneecaps have some issues. Rainy Writer let me know that there was a series on runner’s knee being written on Run Oregon blog, which was really helpful. I’m remaining optimistic that this won’t be a huge issue for me going forward, and that with strength training and taking good care of my body, I’ll be able to run forever.
On Thursday, Jeremy and I went out to lunch with a few coworkers (one of which was my brother), and we went to a restaurant at the Santa Barbara Harbor, which is always a treat. The running path I use for 98% of my runs goes by the harbor, and I love looking at the sailboats with the mountains in the background. SB sure is pretty.
On Friday, Jeremy and I had to get ready for the garage sale we had with our neighbors. We live in a complex comprised of two duplexes, and we have become really close with our neighbors. It was a lot of fun (not just because of the mimosas we started drinking at 10am), and we had a dinner all together that night also. The sale went on both Saturday and Sunday, and Jeremy and I sold a TON of our stuff. It was definitely successful.
After the sale was over on Saturday, Jeremy and I headed to the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens for an event a coworker organized. It was a beer festival showcasing local breweries, and a specific beer was selected to complement each section of the gardens. It was really interesting, and a lot of the flowers were beginning to bloom so it was beautiful.
The packing up of our apartment is coming along nicely (we have to be out by Friday), and I feel like we are pretty far ahead of where I normally am when I move (I notoriously leave everything to the last minute… something about the pressure makes me work faster). We can start moving stuff into our storage unit tomorrow. Which means that this is all really happening. And it’s happening VERY SOON. It is insane. I haven’t really let myself realize that we’re leaving town a week from Friday for who knows how long. It could be six months, could be a year, could be longer. I’m going to miss Santa Barbara and my family so much (I always do), but I’m extremely excited to get some adventures in. It’s been way too long.
I saw my name!!! (ok … my blog name haha. [my name is Greg by the way]) … so ends a nested parenthetical digression …
Anyway, thank you for the shout out … though I am glad you shouted out the Run Oregon blog as they are the ones with the info 🙂 And I am glad the knee was feeling a little better.
Sooo … do I mention the awesome looking fish tacos? The color coordinated new shoes and compression socks? The awesomeness of brew fests?
Nahh … but I do want to say … have a GREAT trip! (Are you blogging on your adventures?)
Greg! Thanks for introducing yourself 🙂 I am definitely planning on blogging throughout our travels, wherever they make take us!!
Glad your knee is feeling better! Do you take fish oil? A little over a year ago my knees started to bother me, I thought it was runner’s knee so I took a week or so off and also started taking fish oil every day. I haven’t had any knee pain since!
I will definitely have to try this, thank you! I was thinking that maybe I should start taking some kind of supplement.
So excited your traveling adventure is about to begin. Also–with any knee issues from running, make sure your are strength training your hips and glutes. almost always, knee pain isn’t directly related to the knee, usually a strength imbalance from the hip area. always ice that knee too! If it is runner’s knee, ice will be your best friend.
I’ve been focusing on exercises to strengthen my hips and glutes, I really hope it works! Thank you for the tips!
I love SB! I went to UCSB for undergrad.
It’s a beautiful place!
Awesome news! Sounds like we had a similar weekend – I also got in a 3 mile run and the knee felt good!
Lily, I’m so excited for your adventure to begin! I can’t wait to read all about your travels, just promise you’ll keep us all updated! =D Am really happy to hear about your knee too, that’s great news – fingers crossed for the half marathon, would be lovely if you can complete it in the face of adversarial forces.
Thank you, I’m very excited too! I’ll definitely keep updating, provided there is internet access wherever we are! I can’t wait to get lots of use out of my camera while we’re traveling. I also hope my running can get back on track soon!