Just a quick update, I went to see my sports doc, Dr. Natarajan (who, by the way, is the rockingest sports medicine doctor out there), this morning to have him check out my left knee and make sure there wasn't anything wrong going on. I hadn't seen him in quite awhile since I'd begun seeing my chiropractor for ART pretty regularly and didn't think I had anything pressing enough to warrant a visit to Dr. N. As I used to go a couple times a month with aches and pains from my increased mileage over the last year, I'm sure he missed me :)
The tingling I was feeling on my knee (that felt like a feather tickling the knee) evolved into a slight pain (which ART snuffed out quickly) and then into a strange sensation I'm not sure how to describe other than that it feels exactly how it does after you shave your legs for the first time in awhile (i.e. in the winter, ladies) and then get into super soft satiny sheets. That's what it feels like, on my knee, constantly. Not painful at all, just annoying as hell. Well, it's a simple solution, and one I am quite comfortable with: a tight hamstring.
That's it? Okay. I'll take that to the bank. He showed me how much less flexible my left hammy is compared to the right and gave me a stretch to do a few times daily. This is how it plays out: hamstring gets cranky and tight, and since misery loves company, the hamstring then decides to invite the patella and its connective tissues to the party. Hammy yanks on all these things, from all directions, causing the strange sensation I've been experiencing, and making it feel almost like the knee is stiff.
It's so weird how certain things go as you get older, and I'm not even in my thirties yet! I used to be able to pull my leg up while standing and touch my toes to the wall behind me, I wanted to be a friggin' Rockette! But, alas, running has overshadowed my dance training and now I've barely anything to show for all those years of flexibility training. Back to the mats, people, back to the mats.
In other running news...it's the Beer Run 100 this weekend! Leaving from Goose Island on Clybourn tomorrow night, in full costume, and running up to Milwaukee with my fellow CHUGs to get our second beer at the Water Street Brewery downtown. I won't be cranking out the full 100 miles, obviously, but I'll be peachy with 30-50 depending on how much pavement is involved. The rest of the time I'll be crewing. TONS of pictures to follow :)