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The Return

In case you weren’t already aware by my lack of wordy race reports, I have been sidelined all season. Lets go through a brief history of my injury, as it’s quite entertaining. I also want to document all of this for future reference, like some strange runner’s science project. Maybe someone can learn from it.

– Late February: While at my Mom’s in Tampa for the Gasparilla Half Marathon (the season opener if you will) I noticed that when I bounce up and down I have a slight pain in my left knee. I run the race anyway, the injury definitely playing a role in my performance.

– I see Dr. D who gets me doing PT. Basic exercises using cables and balancing devices. I stop running.

– I get an X-Ray and MRI, all good aside from my Bipartite Patella. A bipartite patella occurs in 1% of the population. As a child as the pieces of your knee are fusing together, sometimes a small piece doesn’t completely solidify. It is held in place by cartilage and most people would never know they had it unless they had an issue and got an X-ray, case in point.

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SIDENOTE: I was signed up for numerous races, the highest caliber being a Marathon, Olympic Tri, Marathon, Ironman and Marathon (in the order) with some smaller races sprinkled in between.

– The pain comes and goes and in late April I run the Connemarathon. We were in a remote part of Ireland so beautiful words cant describe it, I had to. I finish in 3:33:00 (my 9th marathon… weird number stuff) and my knee is really messed up.

– Back to PT with Dr. D and no exercise.

– 6 weeks later he has me bike and slow run. I feel pain after biking and during the runs.

– I race Rev3 Quassy OLY Triathlon. It’s a 10 minute course PR for me ironically. My knee hurt during the run.

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– I see Dr. D 2 times a week and thing s are up and down. I change shoes and doing anything I can to help. I race a few local races but still I have pain.

– At the end of August I decide to change it up. I stop seeing Dr. D. and head over to Dr. Levine, who I had seen once before and like every single one of my friend go there. He is an Ironman doctor and uses ART and Graston. The techniques are pain like you have never felt, him digging into your quads and IT band. He tells me not to run unless I have zero pain.

– I start tracking all the Red Tailed Hawks in Central Park instead of running and instantly age myself.

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– As my knee starts to get better I bike a few times. Each time after my knee hurts bad. Dr. Levine and I deduce that biking might be the cause of my patella pain so I stop all biking, eliminating my Fall Ironman from happening. At this point I just want to race NYC Marathon, specifically because my little brother Jeff got in.

– 2 weeks ago I run 2 miles with zero pain.

– The next day I run 4 miles with zero pain.

– Last week I run 4 miles with no pain and on Monday of this week it’s zero pain baby!

So my question to all my runner/triathlete friends is… are there any 3 week Marathon training plans for Wineglass? I didnt think so, I will probably be on cheer patrol so those of you running Wineglass look for me.

Ironman is out, by I have renewed hopes of racing my 4th NYC Marathon.

All season many people have gotten an earful, mostly in person, about what I think caused my injury. (Big hug to Abbe as she has heard it most and is so over anything having to do with knees!)  Unfortunately for me, I think it’s my bipartite patella. I think I slammed it or something and weakened the cartilage (this is a common thing for people with weird knees who bike in traffic). Therefore, the cartilage needs to heal. Whatever movement biking does to my IT Band, it seems to pull on my patella in a way that running does not. Who knew? Everyone is always like, “Running is bad for your knees, you should bike.” Then I’m like, “No shit, I’m a triathlete I have to bike.”

I’m really happy. I was in a bit of a depression all season as my favorite thing to do (running AND triathlons) was taken away from me. Now, after learning a whole lot about the human body, I am back and ready to BATTLE.

 

 

 

 

  • Abbe Lew

    Big hugs to you, too. Also, I know some birders should you wish to join them on the weekend while I’m doing my long run.

  • Elizabeth Maiuolo

    Oh, B!! I hope this is it and you’re back!! We need you back in the park!!!! I scratched a bunch of stuff out this year too (but happy it wasnt a running thing in my case!) but hoping I can at least make it to NYCM too! Fingers crossed for your knee!!

  • Scott Havn

    Good to hear you are back! Take it easy and hopeully you will have a full schedule next year.

  • Brian M

    Looks like it WASN’T cheer patrol for you huh!! Did you actually Run Wineglass? How was it? Did the heat bother you like it did Kelly? I ran a half marathon over the weekend and the 72 degrees and rain destroyed me mentally. Sloshing in wet feet for 13.1 miles (literally water pushing out of the shoes mesh at MANY points) made for a mentally rough and slow half marry.

  • Thanks Brian! I did run Wineglass, race report is LIVE! It rocked. Sorry to hear about the rain. Running in downpours is very tough.

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