Learning new things while teaching others to run

By Skip

My knee felt great today when I got up (sounds like how I started the post the other day, eh?) but I did not go out running in the morning.  I wanted to wait until the end of the day to give my body another 12 hours of rest.  In total, I had put off running for 60 hours since my last run.  For me, that is some serious restraint.

When we got home from work my wife was excited to get out there and start her second week of 5k training.  This was the perfect opportunity to test the waters and see how my body would react.  By the time we had finished, I felt like I was good to go… no pain, whatsoever and not even a sign of that familiar twitch in my knee.  I knew I still needed to be cautious.

I dropped her off (she aced today’s lesson!) and I headed out the door to try to get in another 5-6 miles.  Everything seemed fine until I hit mile number 2.  I, once again, started to feel that oh, so familiar twinge from an oh, so familiar location… my right knee.  I continued on thinking “it is going to get really bad and I will just have to stop and walk home”… wait a minute, that’s it!  Everything was fine earlier when I was running very slow with my wife.  What if I just eased up a little bit?

I ended up easing up quite a bit just to get through the 5 miles that I did but I did get through them. Once I eased up the pace, things started to get back into form.  I am just not used to running that slow, that’s all.  To be quite honest with you, I really don’t want my body to get accustomed to that pace as well.

Tonight, as I write about today’s adventure, I am feeling a little pain.  I will stay off of it for 20 hours and try things again tomorrow.  Tomorrow, I will NOT put the brace on or ice it up…. I think that might have been causing some of the issues, or that is the concept I came up with for today.

Filed in: Half Marathon, Injury, Running • Monday, January 17th, 2011

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