Thursday, September 17, 2009
That's the verdict from the MRI. However, the tear is small - less than 1 cm. I have not been told that I cannot run, but I have been cautioned that long distances might not be my best choice. So, I am going to see where I'm at by next Saturday, my next scheduled 20 mile run. If I cannot complete it, then I will switch to the half (notice I did not say "drop down" to the half - A half marathon is not a step DOWN, IMHO.
I don't really have a definite plan for treatment of this tear, though. Stretching, Ice and ibuprofen is what I have been told.
The doc said to call again after the race if I feel like it's gotten worse (or I guess beforehand if it gets worse). But the ibuprofen seems to work OK and it's actually not that bad once I warm up (which takes like 5 miles, LOL.)
I know cartilage tears take a very. long. time. to heal because there isn't much blood flow to the cartilage but I'm hoping the small size of mine will make it heal quicker!
In the mean time, I ran 4.8 yesterday, and 6.7 today. Todays was scheduled for 7-9 miles, but one of my roads was closed due to a terrible car accident, and the cops wouldn't let me go that way. My deviation was a little hillier, so I cut my run a little short. I hope the people in the accident were OK - the news said that they were stuck in the car.
So there it is. That's what I'm dealing with right now.