Monday, August 16, 2010

Light at the End of the Tunnel

I was rather disappointed that my Friday 2 mile easy run turned into two half mile running segments and a mile of walking. And after working the water station this weekend, I was really chomping at the bit to get back to running. I figured that if my running is limited to half mile segments, then so be it; I'll run half mile segments.

So that's what I did. And I made through a 1.2 miles without experiencing knee pain.

With that bit of success, I made it a goal to head out again this morning. This time just a little bit further... 1.5 miles. Again, no knee pain.

Then I got really crazy. Decided to go out one more time after work and try to go 2.0 miles. Now I know twice in one day may seem like a bit much, but it's no different that running one day in the evening and then again the next morning.

And guess what? I made it through 2.0 slow miles without knee pain. Don't get me wrong, there was significant struggling with the heat. At points I doubted that I'd make it back to the house without keeling over from heat stroke. But no knee pain.

Are you following along at home? I've run a total of 4.8 miles over the past 2 days without knee pain. This, my friends, is a very good thing. It's nowhere near what I need to be doing to prepare of a half marathon (yeah, I'm thinking that probably won't happen, but we'll see), but I think I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Trust me, I don't want to push it and end up with another injury. Tomorrow I'll swim.


  1. Yay! I know how GREAT you must feel about this. ;)

  2. Lisa, I'd give ANYTHING to be where you are right now!

    Fantastic news :D

  3. Yay! Great news! Hope things only get better from here :) enjoy today's swim!

  4. Yeah!! Congrats...fingers crossed for more and more...

  5. So happy to read this! You must be on top of the world!

  6. Nice work, you know your body and how it responds, you will get there.

    PS thanks for volunteering, I love to hear when others give back to the sport

  7. Pain-free running is good.
    Running and walking and running: many people find this to be life-giving.
    Yea You!

  8. slow and steady wins the race. Or at the very least heals a wounded knee. glad you are feeling better.