So I'm having an issue with my right knee.
Ever since I started running seriously, my right knee has been a little wonky. I've had runner's knee and general soreness come and go but never anything more than just an annoying ache that would go away after a while.
But now I'm kinda scared that I've done something to really damage it and it has me sad and kinda worried.
I did an 8 miler about a week and a half ago, then a 6 miler two days later. Then two days after that, I went for what was going to be an easy 5 and had to completely stop at about 4 miles because my knee was just...done. Not just sore- it was a sharp, arresting pain just below my knee cap that literally stopped me in my tracks.
I took 4 days off (from running- I cross-trained), then ran 3.5 miles this Monday- my knee still hurt, but I was able to modify my stride to keep it from doing the sharp-totally-shutting-me-down pain that it had done the run before. I can feel that its still injured- it hurts to go up stairs and if I even step wrong while walking, I get that sharp pain- like there's no cushioning in there at all.
This has got me so, so down. You wouldn't think that a little thing like having a hurt knee would really affect your mood, but its keeping me from having good runs which are KEY to my mental well-being. Also, I was planning on running a 10K in two weeks in Missouri when we go to visit my folks. Frankly, I can't see that happening now, if I can barely limp through 4 miles.
I've been icing, taking anti-inflammatories and I'll go get a knee brace to immobilize it for a few days. I just want to feel better so I can get my road therapy in. I really hope that works and I don't need a doctor's visit.