Went to the chiropractor today and got a semi good report on my knee. I have patella tendinitis which is inflammation of the patella tendon that is above and below your knee cap and connects to the Tibia. Basically it is just aggravated from over use. Most likely if the muscles in my shin and quad were stronger then this might not be effected (note to self, next time I do a marathon I will have to make more time to do lower body strength training).
Anyway, he said this is common in runners and is nothing that will keep me from completing my marathon. He did some rehab type stuff to it while I was there and he taped it with this tape stuff that will help it feel better and I can keep running as normal. I will go back to see him next Monday afternoon and that will be the day after my 12 miler (I am doing it on Sunday). I have also been instructed to ICE it after every run and more often throughout the day if I have time. Ice it for 15 minutes then let it rest for at least 30 minutes and ice again another 15 and repeat when able. to.
The chiro also gave me a compliment, he said "Dawn, I really thought I would see you in here with more injuries over the course of your training, you have obviously trained well and hard and it has paid off, I am proud of you." I thought that was SO NICE! It made me feel so good.
So please continue to say a little pray for my knee b/c I still need that and I will do what he says and hopefully all will be good. After the race it is major rest time and then it is STRENGTH TRAINING GALORE! Watch out FAT b/c you are going to MELT AWAY!