Ran two miles tonight.
Ran it in 1/4 mile intervals.
Finished with no knee pain.
Rewind to Saturday afternoon when there was substantial pain after not even a 1.5 mile run on a treadmill and I was afraid running any further wasn’t going to happen. Again. Ever.
Upon consultation with a runner friend who is also a trainer I learned that (often) when one has become accustomed to road running (ING not ER) switching back to treadmill running can exacerbate things like oh . . . say . . . RUNNER’S KNEE!
So I spent the weekend back with my friendly Mueller knee band, spent Monday and Tuesday laid out with some god-awful, streppish-stomach-bug-mutation virus that’s going around down here in Dixie, and after work today – and no twinges, pings, dings, or otherwise negative indicators from Ye Olde Knee – headed to our favorite running trail to do two miles in quarter mile intervals at the end of which everything was A-Okay!
My reason for being on a treadmill Saturday morning was well-founded. I’m working with my BFF in her desire to start running. We’re following the same training program that got me started running last summer. It’s slow, gradual, and fool-proof.
If starting out on a treadmill is what’s best for her I’ll just have to avoid the temptation to ‘bust a move’ and stick to walking beside her instead of running. Then again, with her long-term goal being finishing a 5K she may want to go ahead and transition to road running sooner rather than later. Heat/Temperature is a consideration for her, so we’ll have to see what works best.
Meanwhile back at the trail . . . I got my two in today!
Saturday’s goal is three and I might just expand one of those intervals to a full half mile.
It just feels so freakin’ good to be running again!
It feels good to think that my half-marathon in September is actually going to happen!
P.S. To any of my co-workers who are wondering what happened to that “I’m going home after work and going straight to bed!” Well . . . Running happened. That’s what. NOW I’m going to bed!