Alrighty, working on the race report -- school takes first priority though!
Couple days letter, everything's healing...except for my left knee!
Immediately after I stopped running, my left leg became sore and painful in the quadriceps and knee area (the run ends with a paved downhill, among the other downhills).
Standing up, I clearly have a fluid buildup *above* the knee (suprapatellar, as opposed to on top of the kneecap itself). My lower left quad is somewhat painful but not any more than expected.
Q for the masses: Any experience here? Suggestions?
Looking like bursitis, just curious about any ways to make it heal faster, and if it represents any other tendon damage. Doesn't feel like it, I can bear weight. Every day gets better/less painful, but the swelling isn't going down much. Yeah, been R.I.C.E'ing and ibuprofening. Haven't seen this listed enough after marathons/ultras like I might think, mostly listed from traumatic knee impact and people with poor circulation, who are usually willing to put up with it for weeks or months as long as they can watch sports on television rather than asking much out of their bodies, so I'm looking more from a sports injury point-of-view.
Are my tight quads preventing proper/quick drainage from the lymphatic system? Should I get it drained or wait it out?
This totally went away by itself after 2 weeks.
The first couple of days, I couldn't walk without a cane(!).
I didn't run the first week and part of the second week.
By the end of the first week, the swelling started going down, and really started getting better the second week.
Nothing was permanently damaged -- I think the quads were just thrashed and healing just above the knee.
(Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? But it was an awesome experience!)