I haven’t been able to write much last week because I’ve been focusing my time and effort on two things: 1. finishing up writing my first scientific paper (that we’re hoping to submit by the end of this week! yay!) and 2. trying to stay positive about my knee…
Last week, I wrote about my Turkey Day 5k triumphant return to running – 3.14 beautiful miles at a solid pace with no knee pain. Following Thanksgiving, my “back to running plan” had me move up to 26 minutes of running non-stop. This 20% increase was allowed/recommended by my physical therapist, so I eagerly increased my 22 minute runs to 26.
– Last Sunday’s (11/28) run felt great. I hit the time and felt super confident about how my knee could handle the increase.
– Rest on Monday, then while running on Tuesday (11/30), the all too familiar knee pain slowly crept back. A 2/10 type of discomfort.
– I decided to rest on Wednesday and Thursday, attempting to run again on Friday. The knee pain was present from the very first stride. A 4/10 type of pain.
I took the whole weekend off from running. I’m not sure what I did wrong or why the injury’s symptoms are popping up again. I’m trying to stay positive and active in other non-running ways, so I went for a beautiful 3hr hike to the top of one of Boulder’s Peaks (8461 ft) on Saturday.
(at least I can hike to such beautiful places!)
Other than that, I’m taking it easy. Maybe I’ll try running again tomorrow. We’ll see, we’ll see…