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Best. Run. Ever

Untitled I'd like to tell you the best 3.2 miles I've ever run was my 5K PR. I should probably at least say it was the last three hellish miles (plus that nasty point two) of a marathon. But no, it was tonight's run.

"Look, Nick, the MRI shows some early arthritis and your meniscus is funky, but I don't see anything majorly wrong...if you are pain-free, then let's try running and see." That was the call from my doctor at 4:33 PM today.

I've been worried I wouldn't come back. I've been worried I wouldn't still enjoy running. What if I don't still love it and want to do it? What if I can't even run a mile?

Questions answered:

My pace and heart rate were all over the place. But hey, don't call it a comeback, right?

It felt like flying. No, I'm a pilot, I know of flying. It felt even better. It felt like the first stress-free, decompressing, I'll-be-ok moment of the last three months.

Tonight, my knee is still tender. That's ok. I celebrated with loud Springsteen and quinoa for dinner. It'll be a long road back, but it's nice to know the feeling is still there.

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Diagnose Nick's knee (part 4)

Diagnose Nick's knee (part 4)

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Well, it's that time of the year again. Time to diagnose knee and leg pain. Step right up folks and spin the wheel.  

Symptoms: mild to moderate knee pain during running, transitioned into acute pain in leg.

Studies: Bone scan showed bone growth in lower femur, suggesting fractured femur.

Theory: Knee issue cased change in gait, resulting in fractured femur.

So...what's the cause of the knee pain? Meniscus? Tibial plateau fracture? Age?

View the MRI series as a video here.