How I’ve Missed You Dearly

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Yesterday marked the 29th day of no running since the Cleveland Marathon (not that I’m counting). I had tried twice before, but could never make it down the block because of the crippling knee/ITB pain. So I took a month off. A whole month away from running was torture and as much as it’s nice that using the elliptical doesn’t physically cause me pain, it’s not running.

I brought my workout clothes to lab yesterday so that I could hit up the gym after work, but the blue sky and perfect running weather taunted me. So I decided: I’m going running today. I laced up my kicks and head out the door, praying for no knee pain.

The first 60 seconds were total bliss. No knee pain, at all! I can’t tell you how great it felt to be running again. 5 minutes went by, still no knee pain! Hallelujah! Then it started coming back. That dang pain I felt during the Cleveland marathon; nothing sharp and debilitating, but dull and very present. Sigh. It was the kind of pain I can run through, so I kept going. I didn’t want to overdo it, so I stopped after 20 minutes. But it was still the most amazing, refreshing 20 minutes of my life. Oh running, how I’ve missed you dearly.

Afterwards, I stretched a lot and foam-rolled. It didn’t hurt me at all last night, either. Score.

So with that little bit of hope, I tried to go running again this morning. This time, the euphoric “omg I’m running and my knee doesn’t hurt!” only lasted 2 or 3 minutes. By 5, I was limping and the pain had gone from dull and present to full blown pick-ax I-can’t-run-anymore pain. So I stopped, turned around, and walked home.

Oh well, I’ll keep trying. I’ll keep icing and resting and foam rolling. Maybe a few more weeks is what the ol’ knee needs.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sherrie Isham says:

    Hi Erin. I found your blog while I was on my computer at work looking for Rand’s blog. So sorry yourITB and knee keep acting up. “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time” (Leo Tolstoy) See you this Saturday in Pueblo.

  2. Tara McLain says:

    Man, I’m trying to catch up on blogs and I had no idea that you were having so much trouble that you had taken a month off!! That sucks! Hang in there, it sounds like you were doing ok for awhile, take it slow!

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