Well people, I am many things. But a runner - I am not.
A week after run #2 of Couch to 5k and I'm still in so much pain that it's hard to walk; it's hard to go up and down the stairs; it's hard to stand from a sitting position; it's hard to sit from a standing position; it's hard to do anything. Forget squatting down for anything, getting on my knees for anything, walking at any pace other than a waddle... Owie ow ow ow. I wake up in the middle of the night because my knees ache from being in one position for too long. Sitting Indian-style? I may be able to get into that position, but getting out of it? PAIN.
I've been told to ice and stretch - stretching huuuuuuurts. Boy does it hurt. I can barely pull my heel to my butt to stretch now; before, I could do that and barely feel a stretch anywhere.
Now that I've been in pain for a week, I suppose it's time to go to my doctor. I have pretty much figured out by now that my patellar tendinitis has returned, but I don't know how to proceed. I feel like the pain has gotten worse over the past week, when it should have been getting better, which worries me. I really don't want to go to physical therapy. I really really don't. But resting my knees are practically impossible.
I'm really mad at myself. I really should have listened to my body after the first run when I felt like it wasn't right. But no, I had to be all stubborn and stupid. I'm so mad I didn't stop then.
I may have now gone and ruined my chances at working out for several weeks. UGH so stupid.