Notes From The Present

On February 27, 2008, in Uncategorized, by Meghan

I’ve been re-living the Big Bend trip on this blog for over a week, so I suppose I should return to reality and the present with a few notes.

#1. Last Friday, on an easy run up and down a muddy, snowy, sloppy, slippery switchbacking trail, I tweaked my right knee. I slipped around several times out there, and none of those slides induced pain. In fact, I was laughing aloud at how completely filthy June the dog and I were: we were a disgusting, awesome mess! However, as soon as I stopped running, and my legs began to cool and tighten, a sharp pain appeared on the outside of my right knee. By the time I had driven home, my knee began to hurt furiously. And, the next morning, my coworker expressed concern at how much I was limping around the office.

There was something vaguely familiar about the pain, but I couldn’t yet place the familiarity. After some research and self-diagnosis, I realized that I had strained the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in my right knee. Years ago, I had a partial tear of the LCL in my left leg that mandated weeks of rest. While the pain felt familiar, it was not severe like that previous incident.

Three days of no running, strong cross training workouts, persistent icing, using a compression bandage, a friendly dosage of ibuprofen, self-massage (after hitting the 48-hour injury mark), and frequent heating (also after hitting the 48-hour mark) yielded a happy knee with no pain through the running motion. So, yesterday, it was back to running! Too close of a call for me.

#2. The nicest lady recently gave me the nicest compliment in the gym. I’m still glowing about it. I tell you, what the world needs is more thoughtful niceties like hers! Her compliment reached me during a moment in which I was striving to set aside a few life stresses to maintain a positive outlook, and it totally changed my day. To that woman: thank you. To myself: I wish to emulate her; her so-small action changed me in a huge way, and I want to do the same for others.

#3. T-minus just a few more days until I start up with regular training again. I’m chomping at the bit, stomping in my horse shoes, and whinney-ing around the pasture right now. My recovery has worked, and I’m ready to train.

#4. It’s bison time in my neighborhood. As the snow wanes from the lower elevations, and winter conditions remain fierce up high, the bison migrate to (literal) greener pastures to wait out the rest of the winter. While their migration incites a huge political drama that I’ll exclude from my blog for the moment (You can Google for yourself if you’re interested.), it affords me (and other local folks) the opportunity to watch bison up close and personal. For instance, as I sat in my car at a stop sign today, a bison meandered by so close that his breath condensed on the car window. I will shortly post some bison photos.


7 Responses to “Notes From The Present”

  1. Bob Gentile says:

    her so-small action changed me in a huge way, and I want to do the same for others.
    Yup that’s a great way to live, it doesn’t take a lot to make a difference in someones life… but it does take something.

    Pay it forward Chica ๐Ÿ™‚ !!!

  2. Danni says:

    There sure is a lot of park related drama lately. Between loaded guns and the bison stuff. . . anyhow, I’m glad your knee is better. When things like that happen I’m reminded of how precarious things can be physically and how one little injury can destroy a season.

    Compliments rock. I’m guessing it was something about what an incredible athlete you are ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Beth says:

    Glad the knee is okay – CLOSE CALL is right but you took care of it and now it’s all better! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Backofpack says:

    Bison breath on the window is better than bison slobber on the window. (Assuming it is just like cow slobber, thick and slimy and ooey).

    Glad your knee is okay and you are ready to run!

  5. JeffO says:

    Bison on the roads – now THATS rush-hour!
    Knees are such bother. It’s too early in the season to get jacked-up. That would surely be bad. You’re off to such a fantastic year.

  6. Meghan says:

    Bob- I payed it forward once today. How’s that?

    Danni- Sigh, Yellowstone is just one big political potluck. There is always something new being added to the mix. But, it kind of makes things interesting!

    Beth- Too close, you’re right!

    Michelle- I’ve not had the pleasure of coming into contact with the saliva of either a cow or a bison. And, I feel pretty good about that!. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    JeffO- Knees are a pain in the arse! There’s so much going on in there.

  7. The Salty One says:

    Phew! I’m glad you’re all better just in time to get back to the grind.

    I am SO jealous! I want bison to breathe on my windows! I guess I have to settle for squirrels and woodchucks and even they won’t do anything that cool ๐Ÿ™‚

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