Addiction – noun – The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.
ORIGIN 1595-1605: <L a giving over, surrender.
My actions this morning would most likely label me as an addict or classify me as just down right crazy. I probably should not have done it, but I could not help but to surrender to my habit… I ran!
What’s so bad about that? Well–Five days ago I ran 7.76 miles. Ideal weather and the fact that I felt great inspired me to run 10 miles, until my knee began to stiffen. Through the stiffness a biting and intense pain shot up the side of my left knee. This was a new pain to my mature knee. It hurt enough to force me to walk home, but even walking caused pain, but I hobbled along gingerly while listening to my music and feeling grateful for the outdoor run.
At home, in reverse hoisting myself butt first, I drug myself up the stairs to shower and back down the stairs to the ice, ibuprofen, and then the sofa. I stayed on the sofa until bed time. Overnight, a pillow comforted my knee.
Surprisingly the next morning, my knee was a little stiff, but no pain. For the next three days I pampered my knee. I also scheduled an appointment to see a doctor who specializes in sports medicine. If I can side track for a moment– Who better to see than a physician, who understands the body, mind, and spirit of an athlete. Did I just say “athlete?” Lol!! Yup! While sadly no one pays me to run, I’m still am an athlete at heart. And heart is what matters…right?
Non sports doctors just tell you that you’re old and to go sit down somewhere. They are rarely up on the latest techniques that treat sports related injuries. I can’t and won’t settle for that mess. I plan to run and workout for as long as I can do for myself.
Anyway, my son participates in a two-hour basketball clinic on Saturday mornings. There are three treadmills positioned among other work out equipment. I have yet to see one person walk, run, or sit on them. Are you getting the picture yet?
While washing clothes on Friday night, an intense urge to run starts setting in. I’ve got a mischievous imp on one shoulder saying, “Go ahead girl, give it a try. This will be a good test for your knee. If it hurts, just stop running.” The imp’s angelic twin says “Don’t even think about it, you could do more harm to your knee. My dear, you must have patience.”
It’s Saturday morning… here are my stats from the treadmill. LOL!!!! I did the unthinkable… I ran and it felt so damn good!!!!!! Ha! Ha!!
I know, I am certifiable crazy, but there are others out there in this world who understands my addiction. Depending on your perspective, I’m either a stubborn behind athlete or a relentless junkie addicted to the endorphins. The emotional high was well worth the risk. I needed this run. It helped me to cope with the fact that I won’t be running in tomorrow’s Revel’s 2013 April Fools Half Marathon. This will be the first year that I don’t particpate, so I am disappointed. It is the only time that you get to run through the streets of Atlantic City without dodging cars, buses, and jitneys. The run is peaceful, sceneic and loads of fun.
During my run on the treadmill this morning, I stopped myself from busting out in laughter (as I do outside on the roadways) and softly singing along with my music. I had so much fun running (on pins and needles) this morning. Some guy, who I didn’t realize was watching me, asks, “Are you from Kenya or something?!?” I laughed and told him that I was actually taking it easy today. He looked at me like I had two heads!! Gotta love it! Although I desperately longed for more intensity, I kept my speed between 5.5 mph and 6.5 mph. Grrr…
My doctor’s appointment is 12 days away, so this week I won’t run anymore but instead will focus on exercises that strengthen my hamstrings and quadriceps. Will I run at my son’s practice next week? ABSOLUTELY! I am “enslaved to physical habit.” Let’s pray that I caused no trauma to my knee.
Come on folks; tis the season to hit the road! Keep it movin’!
- 9 Ways to Avoid Knee Pain and Injuries (everydayhealth.com)