Nov 10, 2014

It's Race Week and Why it Pays to Dress up Like a Pinata!

It is hard to believe that another year has flown right by! November means that the year is almost over and all of the Christmas decorations are already displayed in the stores. Starbucks already has the seasonal red cups and I start looking forward to the two weeks off of work that I have at the end of every year! I kicked off November by cutting off my hair and donating it and I even won a free entry to race of my choice from the Lexus LaceUp Running Series for posting my Pinata costume on their Facebook page and collecting votes. These are a new series of local races that I have been thinking about signing up to try and now I have the opportunity to run one of their races for free! 
Life is Good except for one thing....

I do have something to share with you that I haven't mentioned because I was hoping that it would go away. After my last run with the club, which was two weeks ago, I started feeling some pain in my left knee. The pain is on my knee cap and I am not really sure what happened but I think I might have a case of runner's knee. I promised myself that I would not run as long as I feel pain and I have survived because the break was very much needed. The knee pain is still here but has gotten about 85% better if I had to guess. I am supposed to be running the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon with my other half on Sunday so I am hoping for the best. We planned this race in celebration of our 15 year anniversary so I am kind of bummed that I might have to miss my first freezing cold night run. I am pretty sure that snowflake means COLD!
I did go for a short 3.3 very easy run yesterday to test the knee out and it wasn't what I would call super painful but it wasn't how it should be.
The plan is to play it by "ear", or should I say "knee" and see what happens but my other half will be running with or without me. He has put in his training and I will be there to cheer him on no matter what. I am still excited for the race even if I end up sitting it out and saving myself for my half in December. It is what it is, right?

                                        Anyone else running Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas?

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  1. Smart to take it easy! I hope the knee is okay for you to run with Hubby though. My friend Paul is doing the LV RnR race too: http://paulradcliffe.ca/

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    1. I am going to try another run tomorrow and see how it feels. I was kind of looking forward to this one but we will see what happens. Good luck to your friend Paul!

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  2. I hope you get to run the race! I wonder if KT Tape Pro would help. I haven't tried it for runner's knee but it helped so much with the plantar fasciitis. http://www.kttape.com/instructions/full-knee-support/ Congrats on winning that race entry. Cute costume!

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    1. You read my mind Angela. I just looked up the KT Tape picture for full knee support and I am going to try it tomorrow when I attempt another run. KT Tape has done wonders for me in the past so I am hoping it will help my knee out as well. Good luck on you race on Saturday!

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  3. Knee pain is the worst! Well, any pain is the worst right? I'm having some myself right now and notice the pain seems all knee, but then the hamstring & calf are equally cranky. All connected, right? And did I mention I hate to stretch??

    I wish you a happy knee soon!!

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    1. Thank you Lisa. I have been trying to do all of the right things so I am hoping for the best. I hope yours feels better soon too.

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  4. I'm bummed to hear your knee is still bugging you! :( Not fun - I hope you don't have to sit out this weekend but I knokw you know what's best for you! Hugs!

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    1. I really don't want to sit this one out. It is supposed to be a fun run so maybe I can take it super easy and finish it.

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    2. Hope it went well today! :) xoxo

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  5. So sorry to hear about your knee, Sandy :( What a bummer. I hope your test run goes well & you don't have to sit it out. But regardless, I hope you have a blast in Vegas celebrating your 15th anniversary!!!! Also, congrats on the race entry win! I'm curious to hear which one you pick & how you like it!

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    1. Thank You Meg. I am able to run on it but it is a little sore. I chose the Riverside Half because it is local and I have time to rest my knee until then. I will let you know how I like it.

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  6. Ugh...knee pain is my least favorite. Try a patella strap for the race. It's a bandaid approach but it really does help stabilize your knee cap. I had this issue last year at Vegas. Good luck!

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    1. I have one of those patella straps. I am not 100% sure if I am going to run but if I do I will be wearing lots of things to get my through it! Thank you for the good luck...I am going to need it.

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  7. So sorry to hear about your knee pain Sandy. Fingers crossed that it heels quickly.

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    1. Thank you. It was feeling better before the race and now I am back at square one! I guess I need to take another break.

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  8. It's a relief that you're recuperating step by step. That is always great news. May your recovery keep up. I believe more check-ups and treatments, and you may have to bid your lingering knee pain farewell. Take care always!

    Agnes Lawson @ Pain Relief Experts

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  9. I ran the marathon as well, I managed to find a hotel room through http://las-vegas.hotelscheap.org/ and I'm glad I did it. It was really cool, I'm looking forward to next year!

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  10. I think you’re better off that way, running in a comfortable speed. Since you felt a bit of pain in your knees, it’s not advisable for you to insist on running. It might even get worse soon after. But since you were really dead set on running, I do hope you did so at a controlled pace, so the pain in your knees would not escalate further. Take care!

    Mark Wallace @ Chiropractic Memphis

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