It was bound to happen: I hurt my right knee

It’s happened. I hurt a ligament in my right knee. The crazy part is that I didn’t hurt myself during my run on Saturday. I hurt it after the run when I took our dog, Buddy, for his walk. He decided he wanted to run while leashed, and I figured, “Why not?” I should have just held him to walking or let him run around a little without a leash, because afterward, the ligament on the left side of my right knee felt a lot of pain. Not at all the good post-run pain.

If I walk gingerly on it, or with a slight limp, I can eliminate the pain, but in the moment that I forget that it’s injured and I step normally with it, a jolt of pain shoots from the ligament up my leg. This is not good.

Today, a day later, it still hurts. It’s a little better, but still not back to normal. I think that I may skip tomorrow’s planned run and wait to see if the pain dissipates enough by Tuesday. I’ll have a light 3 mile run at a slower pace on Tuesday to see how it goes. Fortunately, I have a circuit that is very close to my home that I run for this distance that allows me to stop and get home within 1/4 mile at its farthest point. I’m unhappy about having to skip a run on Monday and that I’ll have to run light on Tuesday, but I have to let my body heal. I can’t let myself get more injured or prolong the amount of time it would take to heal by aggravating it.

I’ve had a good stretch without injury: over five months. It was bound to happen, and every runner I know deals with this from time to time. I guess it’s my turn. We’ll see how it goes over the next two days. I hope to be back to running my normal distances and pace soon. In the meantime, I am sitting on the back patio writing blog entries and enjoying the beautiful weather.

Author: PaleoMarine

Former active duty Marine who went from 170 lbs to 312 lbs and decided that he had to change his life or die. He lost 110 lbs in 1 year through Whole30 and adopting the Paleo Diet without doing any exercise at all. Since starting running, he's lost an additional 40 lbs and is comfortably back in the 160 lbs range. He is currently writing a book about his journey and strives to help others lose weight and get healthy without the use of pills, patches, powders, paid programs, or medical procedures.

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