When we last talked, my knees were hurting, rather a lot.
I attempted to do the workout Friday without much luck. I wasn’t winded and had to stop running because my knees, especially my left one, were hurting.
My left knee ached off and on all weekend.
Monday morning I was quite wistful that The Fiancé was moving ahead to the next week’s Couch to 5K workout, while I was stuck indoors. I put in a DVD and did that instead. I attempted to do that instead. Turns out they are serious about that being a power workout with jumps and leaps and lunges and my knee quickly, very quickly began protesting.
I hobbled a bit afterward and took an Arthritis strength BC before I left for work. Yes, workout pro, right here, who can’t do 25 minutes of exercise before needing a BC powder.
Also, I was grumpy. It rained for I don’t even know how many days straight. Thanks, Faye! And my knee, did I mention, maybe once or ten times, that it hurts? I’m sick of complaining about it, as I know everyone around me is, and I’m also sick of it hurting.
Yesterday afternoon I went to the doctor. She fussed at me for starting such a vigorous exercise program. I explained about Couch to 5K how you start doing the 60 seconds and then gradually, gradually increase. She was having none of it. She said I should have begun walking, then power walking, and then jogging. That’s too many steps for me; I’d have gotten bored and moved on to something else.
She suggested a steroid shot, which would stop the pain but as we talked, she mentioned side effects, such as sleep disruption and weight gain of three to four pounds. Uh, no and no.
She prescribed Celebrex, treating the knee with ice and heat twice a day for 10 to 14 days. “No jogging, no power walking, no jumping, no leaping, no nothing for two weeks.” She looked rather stern. She said I could stretch or what have you but nothing more than light walking.
Last night I put a heating pad, then ice on my leg. The heating pad was much nicer than the ice. This morning I tried to do a 20-minute ballet workout. No leaping or jumping or cardio. But it did involve putting all the weight on one leg, then the other, and my left knee began to twinge immediately so I had to stop. I will be a pasty globby mess in two weeks. I’m afraid I’ll undo what progress I made in the last three weeks.
I’m a bit on the fence about jumping back into Couch to 5K.Maybe I should walk and walk briskly several days a week first. Then go back to Week One. Then again, do I want my knees to ache in 25 or 30 years every morning when I wake up? Is that a given that will happen? I don't know.