Saturday I went to the soccer game and found that walking a 1/2 mile or so, generally, wasn’t a problem — as long as I kept a regular stride and speed, and stayed on mostly level sidewalks. (Which is much easier on a treadmill or at a modern shopping mall than in Seattle’s Pioneer Square!) I had an occasional twinge here and there, but overall I was fine.
Going up the 40 or so stairs to the 100 level (which are visible beyond the gate in the picture) was a mistake. My left knee was hurting by the time I got to the top. Fortunately that was almost all of the stairs on the way to my seat. Everyone around me was standing during the game, so I alternated standing with sitting. Afterward I took the elevator down. The 1/2 mile walk back to the car went okay.
Today I ran some errands. Walking: Pretty good, as long as I’m careful to take even strides. Standing: Not so good.
The ache and movement issues I’m seeing with my left knee and quads right now are very similar to what I’ve seen with my right leg. What does this tell me?
- The exercises that helped me deal with this in my right leg (leg lifts, leg extensions, chair squats, walking) will probably help with my left.
- Increasing my walking didn’t mean I was ready to drop my leg strength training exercises.
- It’s also not a good idea to let my stretching / flexibility drop either.
Emotionally I’m all over the map; castigating myself for letting walking slide; for letting strength training slide; for doing this again. I’m also reminding myself that I have dealt with this before and can again. At the back of the brain is a reminder that I will continue to walk this particular functional edge of good and bad unless I make changes, and worry about my upcoming vacation. Oh, and chagrin that a month ago I was thinking about how I can walk so far pain-free and isn’t it great I don’t have those problems anymore?
Head, meet desk.
BTW: The man of the house sent me the picture in this post because I’m in it. :)