So what's a girl to do? I went to the sports medicine doctor. And I crossed my fingers that he could fix me. After all, I have a half marathon to train for and time is ticking. The half is in April and we are already closing in on February. I need to get going.
Let me tell you that Dr. S. was great. He is an Ironman and knows his stuff. I knew I could trust him to get to the root of the problem. And what is the root? Well, it is my hips. Apparently I have weak hips. And my weak hips are what is causing my knees to hurt. He had me do a series of squats in his office and he studied my legs and knees as I squatted. This is what he said, "Wow. You are a mess. But the good news is that you are fixable!"
Yes. He was serious.
The long and the short of it was that I have to stop running for 2-4 weeks. And I have to do hip exercises. And in the meantime, I can use the bike or the elliptical to keep up my aerobic activity. He promised me that I would be able to run the half in April. He seemed convinced that these exercises would heal me.
And that's what I need. I need to be healed. I am tired of worrying about my knee and wondering if the pain will flare up out of nowhere. So if I have to work on my hips - then that is what I will do!
In the meantime, I am trying to enjoy this running hiatus. I am trying to embrace the bike and the elliptical machine. I do have to admit - that it's not the same. I do miss the challenge of my daily run.