It’s been nearly two weeks since I ran. Mary and I went to Hawaii (a trip report and pictures are in the works, stay tuned!) and although i brought my running sneakers I never did find the time to run. I didn’t find time to get to a weight room or to touch my computer. So it was a successful vacation. :).
Shortly before leaving Hawaii I came down with a cold. When I got home the cold got worse. I dealt with the jet-lag from the 6 hour time difference and a fairly nasty cold. Finally, this past Monday I was healthy enough to run. I expected that the run would be very easy because they weather here has been very cool and my legs had rested for about 2 weeks. I was wrong.
The run started out good but after about 3/4 of a mile my knee started to tighten up. This isn’t anything uncommon but I usually get more mileage before my knee tightens and I wasn’t expecting any issues on a short 3.2 mile run. I hadn’t stretched prior to the run so I stopped and stretched my leg. This helped but the pain came back. The pain continued to increase in intensity. Stretching wasn’t effective after a while. I ended up turning off my stop watch and doing an awful lot of walking before I made it back home. When I got home I stretched well. I was disappointed and worried because the Rochester Half Marathon is only 3 weeks away! I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to get my mileage up before the race.
The next night (Tuesday) I decided to try again, this time streching out well prior to the run. I set out in great running weather. My knee was fine until about 1.5 miles. It wasn’t as bad as the night before but I knew the pain would grow. I stretched and continued with worry. I started focusing on my form and noticed that I wasn’t really letting my toes fall towards the road as they moved behind me. I made a conscious effort to let my feet relax. I decided to run through the pain. I’m glad that I did because, unlike the prior night, the pain subsided. I hope the reason for the pain was my “tense foot” running style. I finished the 3.2 miles in 26:45 which is about what I expect when I’m not pushing myself.