1) Tuesday – 3.8 miles – This is my favorite run. It is part trail, part road, and a lot of great views. Please note, my knee did not bother me hardly at all. If you remember from my long run last week, I had some bad knee pain after 9 miles that caused me to walk the last 2.
I wanted to squeeze another run in on Wednesday or Thursday, that didn’t happen. My life is a mess and I’m doing the best I can. I need to do better though.
2) Saturday – 2 miles– Sadly, something is up with my knee, even with the strap. Today was rainy, humid, cold, and after 2 miles my knee was done. Lots of pain. So I walked 2 miles back to my car, grudgingly.
Honestly, most of those 2 miles I wanted to cry. It was as if a constant reel of my current messy life was on replay over and over in my mind. Cue devil…
“Grrrrreat…my knee just has to do this to me now. First marriage counseling, then ear infections, next a cavity, then my kid who is too thin and won’t walk. Don’t forget the extra two front teeth that will have to be pulled by an oral surgeon. Yeah, I’m sure that won’t be cheap. Add it to the rest of the bills. That’s why I’m getting a part time job, right? To pay for all the counseling and bills and food my kid won’t eat. Dumb knee. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.”
Sorry you just had to read all (half) of my negative thoughts. I know that I have SO much to be grateful for. But there are moments in which it can be very difficult to see the good, even if it’s all around you. Which is why I immediately turned on the thankful switch or else I would have never survived that 2 mile walk back to my car. In sync with every step I started to say…
“I’m. Thankful. For. My. Health. I’m. Thankful. For. My. Parents. My. Childhood. I’m. Thankful. For. My. Kids. That. They. Are. Alive. And. Healthy. I’m. Thankful. For. My. Husband. I’m. Thankful. For. ……”
And so on, until I returned to the car.
Yes, I’m sad about my knee. I’m confused and frustrated and wanting more than anything for it to magically feel better! But I do have a lot to be thankful for in this life. Truthfully, I need to strength train. I’ve been having a hard time making time, but it seems like if I don’t, then I won’t even be running at all.
Please, if you have ANY suggestions at all. What can I do? I’m almost positive that the pain is my IT band. I’ve never had to deal with a running injury before. I have 3 WEEKS or less until my race (October 24th). I want to continue running if possible. Should I do the elliptical? What exercises can help besides stretching a lot? Any magic out there??