Editor's note: Snivel filters alerted my good sense and had me revise my original version of this post, which went to press last night for a few short moments, but is here revised with, one hopes, a more digestible tone. "Really?," you might say.
Well, I had the long-anticipated MRI of my right knee last week, and I have to say that the past seven days have generally been positive. The MRI showed no serious issue with my knee - like a meniscus tear or fracture. I've been able to run one of my go-to training routes, which also inspired me to write a reflection of its larger meaning (see post); and I've been running free of major pain, if only with mid-20 mile weeks. So, all-in-all, not too bad.
Still, there have been some downsides to the past week, and they have some of the same qualities as the positive side. I'm still mired in 20 mile weeks with a knee that's on a hair trigger, and the MRI, while negative, also didn't show anything that was readily fixable, so from a prognosis standpoint, I'm pretty much where I was three months ago.
This means the 2010 season is heading very very quickly toward a complete loss, which is pretty disappointing - to put it more lightly than I'm actually feeling it. Yet, it's not the end of the world. If it comes to it, it's just one season, and my MD has a plan. I'm supposed to slowly ramp up my miles until the knee starts hurting regularly again, which we both agreed wouldn't take too long, then inject some numbing agent and cortisone in the base of the knob on my knee to see if that helps isolate the problem and maybe even arrest things enough so they start to heal. Given the negative findings on everything else, it's a sensible approach.
Of course, the midst of an issue is no place for context. So this is just a snapshot of my feelings at this particular time. It'll be interesting to look back and see what course things actually took from this point on.