Runner's Knee: A test of faith
I contacted Aspetar, Qatar's only specialised orthopaedic and sports medicine (don't I sound like a real pro already?) hospital for consultation, but they are fully booked until February. Hello, my marathon is in 20 days, I cannot afford to wait a month for the consultation. I guess I just have to rest a lot, stop running and cross train instead and at the same time strengthen my hips from now until Dubai Marathon. See HERE and HERE for hips strengthening exercises. I have also ordered a new shoe to replace my dated Kayano 18. I will Rock taped my knees and run Dubai 'leisurely' with the aim just to finish injury free (a tall order, I know), or just pull out from the race and have a 'DNS' on the race result. One comment from one of my friends at DBRC, Gamal really put thing into perspective. "A marathon last 4 or 5 hours, but a damaged knee could last forever".
I came up with a saying to keep my spirit while enduring the pain yesterday "Running is like marriage. It can be painful at times but you stick to it because of Love". To running I will always be faithful to you, even though you can hurt me sometimes.
More information about Runner's knee can be found HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE