Well, that's where I'm at right now. I'm not sure what to do about the Spring Classic Duathlon in two days. I think I'll at least start the race and do the best I can. But it kills me that "the best I can" is going to be much less than what I thought it would be.
People keep telling me, "You're not competing against anyone but yourself." I know they're just trying to encourage me. But, and I guess this is another way of saying what I just said, "myself" is the hardest competition.
Meanwhile, I'm taking Ibuprofen and aspirin and I'll start icing the knee, which I realized I should be doing from a Web page with info on treating runner's knee. The conclusion of that article reinforces my worries but also gives me courage to go ahead and at least start that race on Saturday.
The good news about patellofemoral pain syndrome is that it’s a relatively minor condition. Indeed, it’s really just a chronic failure of tissues within the knee to fully recovery from running-induced damage between runs. The bad news is that it can be just as debilitating and last just as long as more serious breakdowns.So, Also, Derek and another trainer at 24-Hour have given me some great advice on longer-term care and prevention. So I'll be going to the Fit Right store to get the right shoes for me, for a change and doing more exercises to deal with the underlying problem of the knee pain.