It’s happened. I hurt a ligament in my right knee. The crazy part is that I didn’t hurt myself during my run on Saturday. I hurt it after the run when I took our dog, Buddy, for his walk. He decided he wanted to run while leashed, and I figured, “Why not?” I should have just held him to walking or let him run around a little without a leash, because afterward, the ligament on the left side of my right knee felt a lot of pain. Not at all the good post-run pain.
If I walk gingerly on it, or with a slight limp, I can eliminate the pain, but in the moment that I forget that it’s injured and I step normally with it, a jolt of pain shoots from the ligament up my leg. This is not good.
Today, a day later, it still hurts. It’s a little better, but still not back to normal. I think that I may skip tomorrow’s planned run and wait to see if the pain dissipates enough by Tuesday. I’ll have a light 3 mile run at a slower pace on Tuesday to see how it goes. Fortunately, I have a circuit that is very close to my home that I run for this distance that allows me to stop and get home within 1/4 mile at its farthest point. I’m unhappy about having to skip a run on Monday and that I’ll have to run light on Tuesday, but I have to let my body heal. I can’t let myself get more injured or prolong the amount of time it would take to heal by aggravating it.
I’ve had a good stretch without injury: over five months. It was bound to happen, and every runner I know deals with this from time to time. I guess it’s my turn. We’ll see how it goes over the next two days. I hope to be back to running my normal distances and pace soon. In the meantime, I am sitting on the back patio writing blog entries and enjoying the beautiful weather.