And the diagnosis is.....................
Copied from Runnersworld.com....
....patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), or simply "runner's knee," is the most common overuse injury among runners. It occurs when a mistracking kneecap (patella) irritates the femoral groove in which it rests on the thighbone (femur).
I am pretty sure it happened the day I was sprinting up and down hills in anger at 7:25 pace just a week and a half after the marathon. I am a dummy.
I am just thrilled that it is nothing super serious, my Dr. reassured me that I should do rehab for about 3 weeks to strengthen my muscles and I should be good.
The only hard decision to make is whether or not I should change the marathon I picked (Marine Corps, Oct. 30th) for a later race. My training calendar says I should have started this week....It's a hard decision to make because I LOVE MARINE CORPS MARATHON and two of my best running buddies (Kate and Leslie) are running.
Any suggestions on a later fall marathon? I was considering Philly. It needs to be a fast course!!!
Although I have been off this week, I have been SO BUSY putting Bruno through my own doggie training camp. I am determined to have him fully trained and ready to be a well behaved pup for when we go to Mexico July 17th and the best sister-in-law Maura Rushlander cares for him. He slept for 7.5 hours STRAIGHT in his crate last night without a whimper!!! He had no 'accidents' today and pooped outside twice and peed outside four times. I am so proud.
Penny and Bruno love to chase each other and pretend to bite. Sometimes, I put them in 'time-out' when they get a little too rough. I got very concerned when they both disappeared under our couch together. It was so hilarious when I saw them just chilling together with their tongues hanging out. Look at these knuckleheads!
I am all for any late fall marathon suggestions!