As I write now, I've run twice in the last 3 weeks. I had run a trail run 24 days ago and don't recall having any aches or pains. Later that day, I went to get up from the couch (I was holding my son), and as I got to what was basically a squat position, I felt something suddenly (almost like a pop/crack) tighten on the anterior part of my knee where my knee and quad meet. I've had small pin-point pains on my kneecap and pain on the interior of my knee right above and slightly behind the kneecap. I immediately stopped running until I saw an orthopedic specialist who did X-Rays and a physical exam and told me that I could attempt to re-start my training 5 days later assuming it was a dull ache on pain level (he also prescribed prescription anti-inflammatories and aggressive icing). I waited the required time and tried to run and was in pain from step #1
. I was literally limping by the time I got out of the shower.
Any thoughts? I was able to run yesterday with a dull ache and turned around when I got the first twinge of actual pain. My knee has ever since been almost almost incapable of being extended without a painful crack, though I can do squats on it.
I'm really discouraged, as this caused me to have to skip this weekend's Tough Mudder, which had inspired me to get started training again (not just trying to run for fun) in the first place. I've had what I assume is Osgood Schlatter on my right knee, but my left knee has never had problems like this before. I'm not sure if it was something in my posture or perhaps the tight turns and twists I was getting doing trail runs training for the Mudder...