Went out for a 2.5 mile run this morning. First run since last Monday. My right knee has been giving me “fits” for over a week, so I have not been running at all. My knee fells pretty good now. I iced it as soon as I got back into the house. This is totally new for me as I have not had any issues at all since I started running about a year and half ago. I guess its true: ”no pain, no gain”. Or another quote I like to use a lot: ”Pain is weakness leaving the body”. I just wish it would get the hell totally out of my knee..LOL
I have been very grumpy and a bit depressed that I haven’t been able to run in a while. I have 3 half marathons and one full marathon starting in November, so I need to get my miles in.
I plan on taking it very slow this week, gradually building back up to my previous distances I have been running.
Had a great weekend. Hotter than hell, but that’s the way it has been in Oklahoma for the past month and a half. This week, the forecast for 100 degree + weather all week….hottest of the year, so far!!
The Dirty 30 Race was awesome. I was a bit nervous at first not know what to expect, but it turned out great. There were 2 obstacles I had to go around: 1) The wall, I tried 3 times, but could not get myself up the rope (least I tried), 2) The pond. I am not sure if you know or not, but I can’t swim at all. I can get into water and am fine as long as its not too high or I am close the the edge of the pool. When we got to the pond, I could tell it was about chest deep by watching the people go through it. Eric said he would walk with me through it. I edged in and as the water got up to about my waist, I sorta freaked out a bit. I think it was mainly due to the fact that I could not see the bottom (good Oklahoma red pond water) and the fact that the bottom was muddy (duh it’s a pond). Every step I took, I sank a bit. So I turned around, walked out and then ran around the pond. At least I tried!!
This morning, the dogs woke me up at 3:30. It’s amazing how a new puppy in the house can turn your schedule upside down. She is sleeping in her “cage” at night, but she starts crying around 3:30 most mornings, which wakes up the other dogs. I am a pushover, so I usually always get up and let her out.
Since it has been so hot, I thought, since I am awake, I might as well get out and get my run in early. So I was out the door by 4am this morning. It was HUMID and hot to say the least. I have been having knee issues for about the past week, but felt good after the Dirty 30 Race. Well, about a half mile into today’s run, my knee starting hurting just a bit. I ran some and walked some, but the knee still wasn’t getting any better. What should have been a 4.5 mile run this morning, turned into a 1.8 mile job/WALK. I guess I just need to give my knee some time to recover from whatever issue is going on…..
“Two and a half more miles dude,” my dad said. “We can do that. We can do this.”
It was the first time all day that my eyes got teary.
We had been going for 14 and a half hours through hellish hills, blistering sun, and all the pain you can imagine. Every step I took sent searing pain through my feet all the way up through my quads. But we just kept going—it’s all we could do.
Ironman is a different beast. You never quite know if you’re going to finish, but there we were—23.7 miles into the marathon and it became clear: we were going to finish. And when it dawns on you, it’s an emotional thing. By this time, the sun had gone down and I couldn’t help but think back to the last time it went down—Friday evening; 12 hours before the race began.
My knee has been hurting on an off for about a week now. Does not really hurt when I run, but afterwords I start to have a bit of dull pain and it seems a little tight and seems a bit swollen. I have not ran for the last 2 days. Trying to let it heal up a bit before the Dirty 30 Race tomorrow. Guess its better to have your knees hurt from overuse, than for them to hurt because you weigh over 300 pounds!!
Felt really good. Finally got my Garmin set for intervals. I find that running intervals really helps keep me going. I am running for 5 minutes, then walking for a minute then repeat. The 1 minute walk give me just a little bit of a “rest” and that’s when I take my water breaks as well. It is strange at first when you start interval running. You just get going and then its time for a “walk”; but over the span of a long run, I think it makes me faster. Keep Running!