Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dog Walk Tuesday

Tuesdays and Thursdays are officially my dog walking days. It gets my dogs a little exercise, gives me some exercise and days off from running, and I really enjoy it. Sometimes I take them solo and sometimes I have company.... Just depends on the day!

Today we took a slightly different route than normal but covered some of the same area. I didn't map it out but I'd guess we did about 3.5 miles again... It took the typical dog walk time of just over an hour. As usual, they got occupied with  things like stopping and sniffing various objects and dive-bombing the grass. Always an adventure with those two!

I'm also taking it a little slow because I've been having some knee pain. Nothing bad but it's there. I noticed it quite a bit during my run yesterday. I went to the Chiropractor today and mentioned it to him. Apparently my patella shifted laterally. I didn't even know that could happen but it makes sense since other joints can move out of place. So he adjusted it and told me not to run for a few days to give it time to do whatever it is it needs to do. He also mentioned that I shouldn't over-do it and that it's a good thing that I decided to do a short race (rather than a longer distance) in a couple weeks. I'll be taking it slow then too and will, most likely, log my slowest 5K time.... But it's better to be cautious than to injure myself! Who knows... By then it may not be as much of an issue. 

So I won't be following my M/W/F running plan (or volleyball) this week. I'll still walk though because I need to get some activity in. That's my plan, by the way... Running those days, dog walking at least Tuesday and Thursday. I may walk the dogs on a weekend day of I'm not doing some other form of non-traditional exercise.... You know like moving or packing or unpacking!! One weekend day will also be my rest day for the week. 

Back to my knee.... I looked it up and found that other knee issues can cause it. One of those is chondromalacia patella. A few years ago I learned that I have that (along with a small Baker's cyst and a bone tumor at the site of a healing fracture at the top of my fibula - that I never even knew had been there). Chondromalacia patella is the wearing away of the cartilage under the patella. It generally occurs in younger athletes and is common among those who do sports like running and soccer. Females are more likely to develop it. Past injury, overuse, and poor muscle control can also be causes. It causes me pain at times if I haven't been running for a while and then start again, but generally it improves as my body readjusts. I'm thinking overuse may be why the pain flares up at times. 

This is also the knee that was smashed into the cement when I fell a few weeks ago. I didn't notice this type of pain until last week, with it worsening yesterday, so I don't think that's what caused it. Info notice a little tenderness when I touch the area that I hit but that's it. It is still bruised so that's probably why it's tender. 

Anyway hopefully with some test the knee will be all better soon! Due to having to take it easy I will probably just walk again tomorrow... Most likely with the dogs because walking is more fun why they go with me! I'll be missing Wednesday night volleyball tomorrow night because of the knee and dinner plans but hopefully I'll be ready for action next eek. This will give me one not time to practice my rusty skills too!

Hope you're having a good week so far!!


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