Ice, roll, repeat.
No running. No physically exerting activity. Just #kneehab… and felt craft projects (I’ll get to that later).
At this point, my knee and I are in a Katy Perry song; we’re #hotandcold. One minute things are great, and I get excited that my luck may be changing. Then the next minute, sharp/nagging discomfort. Bottom line: my knee is not being a team player right now. #selfish
I found this interesting internet article about IT band soreness. The takeaway was that if you completely imobilize the leg for three days (leg brace, crutches, the whole deal), then gradually rebuild your mileage, you can easily, and quickly alleviate your IT band pain. This was derived from a 1993 U.S. Marine Corps study. The results (according to the Internet) showed a 99% success rate.
I bet you are thinking that this post will be about my experience with this method…
To say that I tried this method might be an overstatement. I don’t own a knee brace or crutches, and I’m painfully frugal #savethatmoney, so I tried to rig something up. Results: Wooden paint stir stick tied up with bandage wrap < knee brace.
I tried using my massage buddy, which seems to help. (Pictured below)
All in all, this recovery process is slow and ongoing, but I’m doing my best and I can see that it just needs time. This “time” is frustrating and inconvienant, but necessary. So for right now I’m square in the middle of #kneehab.
What better to pass the time in kneehab than to make crafts with my new favorite material: felt! Check out these felt slippers we made this weekend!
Try to contain your jealousy. These bad boys are made out felt fabric and cardboard, and they are supreme. My slipper game just hit new heights.
In other none-running news, I acted (stared really, but I’ll be modest) in my friend’s student film project. Takeaway from this: My daughter flat knows how to act.
Truthfully, I was hoping to see more progress with my knee this weekend, but c‘est la vie. Hopefully I can try a very short run (1/2 mile) near the end of the week. Until then, yoga, ice, roll and repeat, and as always, let’s #sub3!