With the weather becoming so great, I kinda went bonkers with the mileage the past couple days. It’s supposed to be rehab, but went for 6 miles yesterday (though the first 2 miles were a run/walk combo warm up) and 4 miles this afternoon. Had planned to either rest or really take it easy, but the sun and the sudden spring temps in the 60’s had me throw caution to the wind. Couldn’t pass up today. More miles than wise, a case of spring fever, I guess. The knee seemed to come through okay. But maybe pull in the reins a little next few days… maybe. We’ll play by ear.
Took a couple of days off after Monday’s run to continue easing into this comeback, then upped the intensity a little with a 3 miler on Thursday and today. Got further on my usual 10 mile route to the park. Not quite there yet, but getting there. The knee felt stiff yesterday, better today. The route included both pavement and dirt trails, used them both at different times. The knee feels okay now, rubbed in some anti-inflammation ointment afterwards. Things are going in the right direction.
I’m remembering more how to run or my knee is getting better, or both. Either way, it was a great 2 ½ mile run after work this afternoon. The strides felt more natural and effortless, and the knee felt stronger. Still a long long way from running a marathon, or even a 5k, but there was a glimmer of one.
A couple more miles this raw afternoon, nice and easy. Not wearing a watch, it was an exercise in mindfulness. Being present and in absolute tune with each stride, encouraging muscle memory – more than that, reawakening every tissue and nerve associated with running, dormant for these past weeks. You can forget a lot about running in just 2 months.
A couple of windy miles today to continue this rehab after yesterday’s 2 ½ mile run, the first continuous run in a while, around the neighborhood. Warmer. Rested on Thursday after a couple days each of 2 mile run/walks – didn’t want to rush the knee back too much. Those 2 runs must’ve been on adrenaline, as I mostly felt good. Yesterday and today were the effects of a couple of months of no running, the lungs and the rest of the body heavy and working hard. Still, no serious issues with the knee. The ball is ever so slightly starting to roll…
The modest re-start continued on this another warm day with a 2 ½ mile run, the first continuous run in a while, around the neighborhood. Took a rest yesterday after a couple days each of 2 mile run/walks – didn’t want to rush the knee back too much. Those 2 runs must’ve been mostly on adrenaline, as I mostly felt good. Today was the effects of a couple of months of no running, the lungs and the rest of the body heavy and working hard. Still, no serious issues with the knee. The ball is ever so slightly starting to roll…
A couple of miles of run/walk combo around neighborhood today, the first run in nearly 2 months. Some guy blew past me at one point, but I couldn’t stop smiling, the knee a little rusty but held up. Some stiffness but no pain.
This injury’s been scarier than other ones recently, as it was similar to the one that took me out for a while 30 years ago. The good thing about running later in life is eventually all the nicks and aches kinda blend together, and hopefully this latest one just gets folded in with the rest of em.
Jogged a few steps up a flight of stairs, then down a few steps yesterday. Jumped up and down a couple of times on the sidewalk today. People stared, the knee felt okay. Progress, but won’t risk running on it still for a while. Boris Johnson today set a goal of opening up England in June, so that bodes well for London in October. Starting to look at possible travel plans. Heal up in the meantime.
Been MIA, taking a break from social media while recuperating. Doing well otherwise, hope everyone’s good.
Out of commission for a while now, able to walk w/o pain this past snowy weekend, getting back to feeling a semblance of normal. Dealing with a long term injury, sometimes you ponder whimsically whether you’re winding up for the next performance or winding down. Then you remind yourself you’re in it for the long haul.