Taking it to the Limit…

August 10, 2012

I find it ironic that yesterday I posted about the possible tendonitis I have in my left knee. Last night during my stadium workout, I slipped on a stair doing one leg stair jumps. I caught myself, but I knew I landed a little funny. I had a hard time finishing the stairs, and a really tough time completing the walking lunges right after.

I’m lucky because it happened at the end of my workout. My knee has been sore for a while and felt a little more sore after that fall. I walked up to my car, drove to my friend Sasha’s for our workout sesh and iced the crap out of my hip and knee. But the pain just got worse. I foam rolled my entire body for over an hour, took some anti inflammatory meds, and kept icing.

A few hours later, I realized I could barely drive. So I drove to the bf’s. I couldn’t get comfortable. Standing, sitting, laying down. It all hurt. It was getting late and I was getting frustrated. We had a trip planned for this weekend that requires a lot of driving. Could I do it? What is causing all this pain? The bf and his mom tried their absolute best to make me comfortable and help ease the pain. But finally I couldn’t do it anymore. The pain became too much and I broke down.

I should have gone to the doctor’s earlier. I should have called someone earlier. I should have taken care of myself. But I didn’t. I waited. And I waited because I kept thinking it couldn’t be as bad as it felt. And now today I’m paying the price.
Last night I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t find a comfortable position, so today I’m exhausted. Exhausted from crying, exhausted from the pain, and exhausted from all the hard work I’ve put my body through over the last few months.

After seeing my chiropractor and general physician today, I know I’ve severely bruised my hip socket and pelvis and have possible tares in my knee. The hip and pelvis make it very difficult to sit up right in a chair or while driving, and my knee is making it hard to cross my legs or just take a step.  So what did both doctors tell me? Rest. Ice. Anti-inflammatories.

Sometimes things happen for a reason. People miss flights they shouldn’t have been on, meet someone at the right place at the right time, etc. This experience has made me stop to think about the journey I’ve chosen to take to be healthier and more in tune with my body. As much as I’ve shifted the way I look at food and eat, I’ve also shifted the way I train. The obsessive tendencies I have towards food may have shifted to my workouts. And I can honestly say I am addicted to my workouts. Today is the first day in a very long time that I’ve missed a scheduled workout, and I feel ancy. Anxious.  So maybe this injury happened for a reason. To give me the opportunity to look at the way I train. Not just physically, but mentally. I have a tendency to push myself very hard when I want something and have a goal in mind.

When you’re on a journey like I am, with no real end or ultimate goal, the pushing never stops. So sometimes you need to take a breath and pause to look at all that you’ve achieved, appreciate where you are today, and look forward to where your headed. And in my case, ice the crap out of my knee and hip 🙂


I want to preface this by saying I have not yet been to a doctor and I’m not necessarily diagnosing myself. This is more of a wishful thinking. With that said, I’m pretty sure I have tendonitis in my left knee. It’s been in pain for the last few months, some days more severe than others. The pain started on the left side of my knee and now hurts under the knee cap, on the left side, below, and on the right. But the left side is still the most painful.

Why do I think its tendonitis? Basically because when I Googled “tendonitis in the knee” the symptoms I have pretty accurately match the description. I could have something much worse going on with it, but I’m thinking positive that its only tendonitis.

What Is Tendinitis?
Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendon, a flexible band of tissue that connects the muscles to the bones. The pull of the muscles is transmitted to the bone by the tendons, which allows movement. When the tendons are inflamed, the pulling action of the muscle is impaired and movement becomes painful. There are several large tendons around the knee area. When one or more of them becomes inflamed, this is called knee tendinitis.

Tendinitis is basically mostly caused from over use. You can get it from an injury or something like that. But in my case, its definitely from over use. In the last 6 months I’ve increased my training intensity, duration, and frequency. What was a simple strength 3 days a week, cardio two days a week, is now 2 stadium workouts a week, 2 boot camps per week , 2 HIIT cardio sessions per week. Much more intense. And my body feels is, and looks it. But the hundred of stairs, squat jumps, sprints and lunges have taken a toll on my knee.

So what can I do to recover? RICE: Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Have I done this? Not really.  I have been implementing Ibuprofen into my daily routine as well as some trigger point therapy. The trigger point therapy has helped tremendously! My trainer introduced it to me and each time we do it, as painful as it is, my knee pain seems to go away…until my next workout session 🙂

So I’ve ordered my own trigger point kit off Amazon (I am seriously in love with Amazon these days…especially because I have Prime!)

The Amazon description… The Trigger Point (TP) Performance Starter Set provides the tools you need for self-applied myofascial release and deep tissue massage–to help you both manage day-to-day aches and pains of the body and keep your muscles performing at their best. Perfect for athletes who suffer from aches and pain in the feet, Achilles tendon, shins, and other lower leg muscles–and for anyone else with muscular complaints in the lower body–the starter set includes a TP Massage Ball, a TP Footballer, and a TP Baller Block for self-applied targeted massage of your own body. Made with unique, patented material, the TP tools are designed to mimic the feel of a human hand and thumb–and the material is formulated to retain its shape and efficacy with repeated use. An instructional pamphlet is included in the Starter Kit to guide you safely through the massage, release process.

In other words, it breaks up those muscle fibers (which is super painful) to help in your recovery process and help you perform at your best. And trust me, it works.

That’s all I have to say about that. I’m off to pop a few more ibuprofen and ice me knee under my desk. Hope you’re all having a great day!!! 🙂