They say it happens in three.
One - Yim got his knee busted
Two - Azza fell down while running and hurt her back (recovering)
Three - My knee is busted too !
So, of the 4 original FMVs, Syed is now the remaining hero!
I went to Dr William Chan, the pain after my 30k persisted and I could feel the difference in the left knee and voila an xray and scan showed that I have swelling all around my knee. Basically I have three problems, the chondro something thing and Yim has explained it, and I have plica syndromme synovitis
plica syndrome; synovial plica syndrome A tightening of the synovial plica (bands or folds of tissue) that may form in the knee joint. Many people have plicae in three or four places in the knee, with no adverse symptoms. However, when the plicae tighten (for example, as a result of an athletically related knee trauma) they can become hard and damage the knee. A tightened mediopatellar plica (the plica most likely to tighten) behaves like a bowstring, eroding the medial facet of the patella and the medial femoral condyle, causing anteromedial knee pain and a clicking noise as the plica snaps over the end of the femur. The symptoms mimic other knee disorders, so that knee plica is notoriously difficult to diagnose. Rest and ice are the most useful forms of treatment, but sometimes localized steroid injections are used. In cases that do not respond to conservative treatment, the plicae may be removed arthroscopically.
And my knee xray shows a lot of spurs, the starting of degenerative knee osteo arthritis, sigh. I guess with my carelessness during my young days of jungle trekking and mountain climbing and the hundreds of times that I fell on my knees (I am a klutz) and not doing anything about, its payback time. Of course , ehem, my age factor too.
Long story short, no running for the next few weeks. Two options, rest these three weeks and go for the run, rest three weeks and one week before the race go for a jab that will help ease the pain and see me through the run.
I was assured that no permanent damage would occur if I chose to still do the yikes run. But warned me that I might be in pain from 30k onwards or earlier and will be limping a few days after (a post pain killer jab could help).
So I am resting the knee. But also training. Change strategy, instead of running I am now going to increase my strength classes for upper body and do lower body exercise to a level that there is no pain in the knee. And Yoga. And the elliptical bike in my room will now be utilised! to maintain some stamina. Hope this will help. I cant sit and do nothing. Am sure Yim has an alternative plan too. Heheh we are now partners in crime LOL. Some brisk walks. I sure chose the wrong race to do a yikes run. And I have busy days coming up too, holiday in Redang and Yana going off. And my knee is busted.
Icing knee twice a day, medications (I have been on glucosamine for many years and it does help) and using knee guard for gym time.
KA has told me that he will drag me to the finishing line and today ultramom Haza made my day when she informed me that she will be running with us FMVs. Celebrity alongside us, honoured! And all the support from the RBUs, FB friends, friends and strangers, I shall give it my best to cross the finishing line.
I am determined to do this. Even if I have to walk all the way. I am willing to have the pain for the few days after. So, anak mami is not quitting. But if its to the point that will cause me bad injury I will stop, I promise.
You know what Dr. William told me as I was about to leave? "I dont think you will be able to finish the marathon if the pain sets in". Defiantly I looked at him and said, of course I will and walked out. Ohh trust me, I have a high tolerance for pain. I was both distraught with the news and upset with the doctor, I left my xrays on the couch, LOL.
To my young friends, start taking your supplements and do what is necessary to maintain your health especially your knees if you want to run a long time to come.
Here's to the 27th , err Yikes???