|Setting my 2 mile PR. I just got this pic from a friend, so I figured I'd share it, even though my race report was a month ago.|
I almost went to see the doc., but I knew whatever Latin term he would assign to it, the advice would be the same, it needs rest. Well, I don't have time to rest, although I would if that was the only way to heal up. Instead, I took one day off, then started wearing my knee strap
I don't know why I didn't think to start wearing it earlier, but I have slowly been seeing progress ever since. This past Thursday, I ran a 7 mile progression run. By the time I hit my last mile, I was up to my 5k race pace. My knee by no means felt 100%, but I think I might finally be on the mend.
While I'm on the topic of knee straps, let me mention that the first time I ever came down with runner's knee was several weeks before a marathon. Another runner informed me about what knee straps are, and even loaned me his to try. Cut to the marathon, my knee was still an issue, and I didn't think I would be able to finish, but I gave the race a try with the strap, and I was able to finish the 26.2 miler without making my knee much worse. In my own personal opinion, these knee straps are miracle workers for runner's knee. Infomercial done!
Another oddity about my month: My cardiovascular system kept wanting me to push harder, but my endurance (usually my strong suit) wasn't having any of it. In other words, my heart rate and perceived level of exertion are rockin' the house, but after 5 miles, depending on the day, my energy is depleted and asking for a rain check. I've been able to counter this a little by consuming more calories during my runs.
I've got a 10k race coming up June 4th, and I am planning/hoping for another PR, so I hope my knee will cooperate.
Last but not least, I feel compelled to mention that I'm a closet fan of Oprah Winfrey. As you might know, she pulled the plug on her talk show after her 25th season last week. Some of her episodes weren't all that interesting to me, but others were very entertaining and/or informative. Even though I almost never made it a point to catch her show, it happened to be on at a time when I tend to watch TV. To name a few recurring topics of hers, I found the visits from Dr. Oz very informative and useful. Also O's "Favorite Things" was always a wild affair. "Favorite Things" involved her giving out expensive gifts to everyone in her audience and them going ape shit.
I did, make it a point to see her final 3 shows. Maybe if I had seen more of her shows, I'd be more in touch with my emotions to explain why. I won't go into any more detail, but now that she has moved on, I wanted to give her a shout out as someone who made a difference in my life.
Hope everyone has a good Memorial Day!