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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Running hurt

Day 809 - March 20, 2011

What a 24 hours. This weekend was full of family fun. Saturday night, I tried to sneak in two miles on the treadmill when I had the chance. Everything was going fine, then wham, I was flying through the air backwards. I managed to stick a one point landing, but tweaked my left knee pretty good. At first, I didn't think it was that bad. I got back on the treadmill and finished the 2 miles. It hurt, but I was able to maintain pace.

Today was a different story. I can't walk up or down stairs without pain behind my kneecap. I'm fine on the flat, but stairs kill me.

Dilemma: give up on the streak and rest the knee or test it out on the treadmill. I know, even as I type this I realize how dumb this sounds. But, I'm dumb. I went down to the treadmill, you know, where I got hurt yesterday, and climbed on. I slowly ramped the speed up from walking, to a slow jog, to actual running. NO PAIN!!!

I couldn't believe it. As long as the track was smooth I felt perfectly fine. I knocked out 4 miles in 32 minutes, and that included the slow start.

Leaving the gym I was feeling great - until I got to the last 4 stairs. I couldn't believe the pain on those few steps. Walked the rest of the way back to my room and was fine.

I have no idea what this means for my knee, but I guess I'll be on the treadmill until I can get up and down some steps. Keeping my fingers crossed it will only be a day or two.

1 comment:

Doug said...

Yikes! Take it easy, man. Think about minimizing your miles for a few days, even if the knee doesn't hurt when you're running. I really want to see you hit 1000. :-)