The name for this blog should have been changed into “Work, work, travel, work”. Unfortunately, during last half a year Runner’s World Facebook page has been waisting on me all these great articles “How LCHF influence the running” whilst I was fighting (unsuccessfully, I should say!) with the injury. Runner’s knee it is! I tried a lot, changed different specialists and, of course, right at the moment when I finally found an awesome orthopedist, he took paternity leave for almost a year (a bummer, huh?). Anyway, there are lessons learnt from all these miserable evenings with “Suits” and Voltaren, just because the pain gets to the point when you are so tired of it, that it is actually too hard to get up and make another cup of tea, not even mentioning all canceled weekend activities. These advices might sound very basic and naive, but, oh boy, I wish somebody would give me them earlier:
1. Be realistic! Being undertrained for the race is the worst thing that you can do to your body that would have its revenge later (and, of course, it would be served cold!). It is totally fine to have cold feet when you are honestly ready for it. But if you know in your heart that there was not enough training, postpone the race/change it if possible for the shorter distance/go for it but with the honest resolution not to be a “hero” who ran 42k with the sticking pain.
2. Be overcautious. If you have that annoying pain in your left Achilles tendon for 2 weeks even after all used Voltaren and daily one-hour dates with frozen beans bag, stop running and schedule a doctor appointment right away. Fresh injuries are so much easier to cure! The worst case scenario? Your doctor would smile and give you a lollipop for being a good boy/girl and taking care of your health
3. Be patient. If points #1 and #2 are too late to think about, follow patiently your doctor’s instructions like there is nothing more important in the world. Even if it means “stop running for half a year and start swimming three times per week instead”. There are no marvels when it comes to injuries: none would give you a miracle pill that would cure runner’s knee and there is no magical 10-sessions massage for your hamstrings that would bring you back on-track (literally!). All the hard work is done by you (with no rush!) and only by you, your doctor is a kind of a coach whose work is to show you the way to win in the really tough battle against the injury, but it is on you to patiently make it happen.
4. Be honest. When points #1, #2 and #3 were followed, but you are still injured and unhappy, it is time to think about your doctor. There are different doctors out there and one should be really honest with herself “This doctor knows a good anecdote but I don’t see any improvement after series of appointments and all done “homework”, it is time for a second opinion”. And the same as with the point #2, don’t wait too long with it. At the end, the longer you wait for a miracle from the not-so-promising-doctor, the more time you borrow from your own training schedule, the more money you spend and the more you energy waist with no or little progress.