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December 8th, 2008:

My cat and knee frustrations.

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Mauzy on my head.

I have a cat. Her name is Mauzy. She probably about 12-13 years old. She’s getting old. She’s slowing down and much more arthetic and ever. She’s on a few meds for her joints. Today I noticed that she is urinating blood. Not good. From a previous and expensive visit to the vet, I know that one of her kidneys isn’t working, so I don’t know if that is contributing to the bleeding. I also suspect that she might have a bladder infection, but she hasn’t taken to peeing everywhere. I’ll be calling the vet in the morning.

So today and yesterday I’ve been plagued with some knee pain. It’s a familiar pain that often goes away. Today I posted up a photo of me pointing to where it’s hurting on the Houston FIT forums. They have the Koala Doctors on one of the forums giving out some answers to common questions. I’ve used them before and they are good for somethings.  I’m going to give them a call tomorrow, but I’m also going to look into the Tree Docs. This is another group of doctors that are on location at the meeting place every saturday. The Koala Doc suggested that I may have Patella Tendonitis. All I can say is … bugger.

Coffee…

It’s has been written about by many others much more eloquently than I ever will be able to do. But recently I had been drinking some flavored stuff that we had gotten from a raffle winning. Last week I was trying to force some down on the way into work. (My commute is about 25 mins in the car) I think I finally gagged on it and nearly puked. I finally had had enough of that awful stuff. Free or not, I could no longer drink it. So this weekend I made it out to my favorite coffeehouse, Catalina Coffee where I picked up a pound of freshly roasted Mexican bean. Awesomeness has come back into my mornings. Yay.

Pain and the importance of routine.

This morning an easy 40 min run was stopped early due to pain in my knee. I’ve had this pain before and it’s been on both the left and right legs. Usually it disappears after a couple of days. I only had a 10 miler this sat, so I’m surprised that it’s still painful. It was much worse after the 1/2 marathon, 25k & 30K. Maybe I was so jacked up on ibuprofen I didn’t realize!

On Saturday, due to some after run events that we were required to go to, I ended up letting myself get driven to the park for my  training run. Interestingly enough, the whole event turned into a bad arguement. Mostly dealing with not having MY car there when I returned. The person that drove me assured me that they would be back to greet me with my drink and would be there! There are several issues at work here, but the one I wanted to comment about was about changing of the routine. Many times the couches had said again and again, don’t change your routine if it’s been working for you.  Don’t wear new clothes before a race, change your breakfast before a race. In this instance, I changed my method of getting to training in the morning. Granted, it’s a training run and not a serious run, but the incident made clear to me about the importance of routine. It’s not as tangible as changing clothes or what I eat, but none the less can have an impact. Definitely something to keep in mind for the big marathon day in Jan.