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I have a bone to pick with my right knee

by Meghann on September 21, 2012

So I have a bone to pick with my right knee.

You see*knock on wood* I’ve been a runner for almost 5 years (since January 2008 to be exact!) and have only had one minor issue with my knee following my first marathon in 2009 (though I’d hate to say that was a real knee injury because it involved the back of my leg, which really had nothing to do with my knee since the pain was nowhere near the knee cap or muscles directly surrounding it, the pain just stayed in the area in the back of the leg that’s directly behind it) and one other time when I had to get stitches following a bike accident (as soon as the stitches came out, I was good to go). To say I’ve been lucky is a complete understatement. I’m not sure what I’m doing differently than any other runner out there, but talking about it makes me nervous. I usually keep my mouth shut about it for fear that I’m going to jinx myself and will suddenly be out for the count.

*knocks on more wood*

So after being relatively injury free as a runner (where knee injuries are about as common as race bibs), only I would mess up my knee while swimming. Yes, swimming. Somehow, some way, my right knee has been bothering me in the pool. What the heck?

It started the other week when I felt a weird pain after a funky kick. I think my knee was bent as I was kicking and I did something to it. I stopped my set to stretch it out and, after 5 minutes of babying the knee out of the water, I went back in and was able to do an easy 50 without a problem. I went running, lifted weights, etc. over the next week and sort of forgot what happened.

Then this morning we were doing sets of 50 @ 1:15 at a steady pace and gradually I could feel that something with my right knee wasn’t right. I wouldn’t call it a sharp pain – or pain really – I would just say that it felt uncomfortable, like something I should not be feeling. It started pretty dim, but built up and eventually I had to stop. After a few minutes of rest, my knee felt right again. I continued for a couple of 100s, but the same gradual build-up of a numb pain with my knee was happening again.

I asked my coach and he said that I was probably bending my knees when kicking, which is strange because I’m known for having a good straight kick (my stroke, on the other hand, is a whole other story). Though, I’m not disagreeing with him, I mean that’s the only thing that makes sense for what I was feeling.

Right now my knee feels fine. *knocking the hell out of some wood* I have a brick scheduled for tomorrow, if something doesn’t feel right, I’ll stop and decided from there where to go. Right now I’m just plain puzzled. I mean, who hurts their knee while swimming?! Sigh.

Any advice for random swimming knee injuries?

In other news, my post-swim breakfast was delish.


HOT pumpkin oats in a jar.


In the oats:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • chia seeds
  • cinnamon
  • pumpkin

Everything else:

  • peanut butter
  • pear
  • more cinnamon


I <3 pumpkin!

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