I’ve been a runner for over over 25 years. It’s a huge part of my life. So when I started having knee pain a couple summers ago to the point that I couldn’t run, it was devastating. At first I thought I had torn something and when I realized I had not, I was thrilled.
But then I got what was likely worse news and that was when the doctor looked at me and simply said “You have bad knees”. He went on to say that I was too young (early 40s) for my knees to look the way that they did but it was my reality. Arthritis. Minimal cartilage. He then told me I would have to learn to “manage” them.
A few weeks ago when I was planning my blog schedule, I thought it would be fun to write a recap of my first time running the 2018 Indy Mini 5K instead of the half marathon.
I’ve written a few race recaps since I started blogging back in 2015.
It was in 2016 when I started having knee problems. What I thought might have been a torn meniscus (although probably was at one time) ended up being worse than that…..arthritis. And not just any arthritis but pretty bad, no cartilage left in the knees and little bone spurs, etc, etc. All for the doctor to say that I have bad knees and I just need to learn to manage them (whatever that really means!).
This year, before I headed out to Indianapolis (only about a 40 minute drive from my house), I told my husband how great it was not to be worrying about all the things I normally would if I were heading out to run a half marathon.
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