For those of you who follow my Twitter & Facebook page, then you’ve already heard what my knee diagnosis is:  hamstring tenosynovitis. It’s a good thing in the sense that it will heal, it’s a not-so-good thing in the sense that I can’t use my legs for at least 2 weeks. I was prescribed an anti-inflammatory by mouth & topically, plus physical therapy and icing.  Dr. Fagan (at Fagan Sports Medicine) let me watch as she did an ultrasound around my knee, which was surrounded by lots and lots of fluid.  She even found a small Baker’s cyst in my knee as well, which is a common thing for runners to have that doesn’t cause any pain.  The good news is that there was no meniscal tearing, and my X-rays came back clear.   So while my knee heals up, I’m going to get a lot of swimming in (with a pull float) and work on my upper body & core conditioning.  Dr. Fagan did not recommend that I go for a marathon in March if my ultimate goal is to compete in the New Orleans Half Ironman in April (which I did last year).  So, I’m skipping the marathon until summertime as a training race for my full Ironman in August.  I think that is the smartest thing to do at this point. I am so grateful that this injury can heal and that I will be 100% once again!!

Another thing that Dr. Fagan suggested was deep water running.  This is an exercise done by people recovering from injuries such as myself to maintain fitness.  It looks a little intimidating, but also very beneficial.  It seems like you need a water belt in order to do it, but they aren’t very expensive. If any of you have any experience with this, suggestions are welcome!  I am going to do more research on it today.

I went through our Ghost Ghirl photos last night and they are so much fun!!!  I hope to share with everyone on Friday.  I have a really good feeling about this web series… more to come very soon.  🙂

Deep Water Running