It's been hard not being able to run. I've stressed about losing the vague level of fitness I've been working for since February. The timing (right around Halloween) sucks, for sure. I can feel my butt getting bigger. I did manage an abbreviated run on Saturday...made it 3.5 miles without any major knee pain...but every time I'd start to think about running after that my knee would start to hurt. You know those times when every time you start to speak the other person interrupts you? That was me and my knee.
Maybe I should go for a ru--[sharp pain]
Today would be a GREAT day to hit the trai-- [twinge]
Ooh, there's the alarm...I'm going to get up and fit in a couple of mi-- [ache]
Whatever, knee. So I gave it a little break, hoping that would be enough to shut it up. And yesterday when I put on my yoga pants (I haven't been to yoga in a year, but I do love the pants) and they were tight...well, I was done placating the knee. I set the alarm, told myself I was getting up and running 5 miles, and did.
It was chilly this morning. About 45 when I left the house. I got to wear my new running tights and made sure to wear a hat; I HATE when my ears get cold. It hurts! The plan called for 1 mile w/u, 2x1600 in 8:19 with 800 jogs, 1 mile cool down. Now, being as I've barely run in almost two weeks, I was eyeing that 8:19 with some doubt. The fastest mile I've ever managed was in the high 7's, and that was only one. Oh, well, I figured. I'll just do my best. At least I'll be running.
Mile 1: 10:24
Mile 2: 8:27 ** BUT I had to stop partway through and tie my shoe...and I fumbled around quite a bit because I couldn't breathe and all that. :)
1/2 mile jog: 5:32
Mile 3: 8:19 Happy dance!!
Last 1.5 miles: 17:51. Oh. My. Gosh. I could barely go. I was wiped out. I ran my cooldown on the hillier neighborhood loop, and the hill about knocked me over. I'm sure I could've walked uphill faster!
A few notes on the run:
- First, I should eat something before running. I was up a little later than I needed to be this morning, so I saved time by just drinking a glass of chocolate milk. I could really feel my body dragging on that second mile. I felt like I would've been a little stronger with some food.
- Second, double knot your shoes, you moron! How many times are you going to almost fall and/or have to stop and re-tie your shoes?
- Third, I'm really excited about the speedwork intervals. Usually when I run and start to get tired, I let myself slow down until I'm running comfortably (and by "comfortably" I mean at a pace where I can keep going...it never feels comfortable); during the two speedy miles, when I felt tired I pushed it a little more instead of slowing down. As long as it took me to get my shoe tied during the first fast interval, I think I was darn close to an 8 min mile, and I managed the 8:19 on the second fast mile even though I felt myself slowing down several times. Now, it's not a pace I can sustain yet for more than a mile, but I'm hoping to work up to (down to?) that.
- Fourth, my knee still bothered me some, but it kept bothering me in different places, so I didn't let it stop me. I figured it was just part of my running hypochondria rather than an actual problem. If I listened to my body every time it didn't want to run, I'd never run...so then it drags my mind over to the dark side, too. I wasn't limping this afternoon/evening, so I think I was right to ignore it.