I started noticing some discomfort in my knees at the end of last week, specifically when walking down stairs or after sitting for a long time.
Seemed like overuse had set in, which is understandable considering the mileage increases I have put in lately. So, I shut it down over the weekend, did some light leg work tonight, and a quick mile run. My mile a day through the holidays streak is technically broken, but I did offer up the caveat that I wouldn’t push myself to the point of injury. There is simply no sense in that since the whole point of exercise is to be healthier, right?
I am confident with icing, anti-inflammatory drugs (OTC), and some leg and hip work, I’ll be fine. My goal is to shave a minute off of my last 5K time, 28:08, when I run in Ashburn’s Ringing in Hope on 12/31. Then I will start getting serious about the Maryland Double as Frederick’s 1/2 Marathon is in early May.
The newness of this, despite my athletic past, is exciting. Sure, having a sore knee stinks, but making the adjustment, adding new elements to my training, and seeing how my body responds is fun. I once had a great coach who said, “There is no starting line or finishing line. Sure, there are wins and losses and championships, but the process as a whole has no finish line, you adjust as you go, the process evolves.” Though I didn’t quite grasp that back then at 17 or 18 years old, I do now. Take work for example: I can make a big sale and maybe get a pat on the back, but what about the next sale? How do I go about getting to that goal? The work doesn’t suddenly end. What is the next mile marker? Is a complete career change in order? How do I maintain this level of productivity?
The process of Life is about trade offs. Right now, my running training is forced into a trade off. I want to put up mileage, but my knees say, “hold tight, we aren’t getting the support we need, please make an adjustment.” And so I will. Any advice that may be out there is always appreciated!
Now get off the computer and do something! You’ll feel better!!