Still not dead, but sad. Here's what's been going on.
When last we spoke I gave you a recap of my running adventures while on vacation in NC. I still haven't run since 6/19.
My stomach was in a bad way for quite a while, so I finally went to see a doctor. I went mostly lactose free for a few weeks and took some meds, and it's finally starting act close to normal. I still feel uncomfortable more than I'd like, however, so I'm thinking of trying one of those fancy cleanses I've been judging for years. I don't know. I need to do more research, but clearly I'm putting stuff into my body that I shouldn't be. Just not quite sure what it is yet.
My knee on the other hand - I don't know. While I was at the doc's for my stomach, I brought up my knee. This appointment was back on 7/9, and my knee was still swollen from my fall on Memorial Day. The doctor recommended I see an orthopaedist, so I scheduled an appointment with one who specialized in sports medicine. Basically, I felt very rushed through the appointment and I didn't feel like all my concerns were addressed. He took x-rays, but didn't review them before prescribing an MRI and PT (neither of which I can really afford right now). I did find out that my knees turn outward, which is common in women, and that taping them or wearing a brace could help, but I have some pretty, um, massive thighs, so I've had trouble finding a brace that fits.
So my knee treatment has been put on hold. SAD FACE. Which means my running has been put on hold indefinitely. VERY SAD FACE. Which means no half marathon. Again. UGLY CRY SAD FACE. Also, my knee is only getting worse. I walked the Peachtree Road Race with my friend Jenn on July 4. It's a 10k, and I could barely walk for the rest of the day. I also walked a 5k for work a few weeks ago and same story - pain for the rest of the day.
I finally started putting real effort into find a good brace for active people that comes in larger sizes, and ended up ordering this from REI (thanks to a rec from Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point). It's supposed to arrive in my store for pick up on Thursday, so Johnnydog and I have a long walk date that night, and we'll see how it goes from there.
Hopefully it ends up being a miracle cure, but I have my serious doubts. I'll keep you, yes you, my one single reader, posted.