It was bound to happen: I hurt my right knee

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.

I’m going to miss my run today, and that makes me unhappy

As I’m in the process of enlisting into the National Guard, I have to take documentsĀ in to my recruiter today after work so that I can swear in next week. That means I won’t have time to run tonight after work as I had planned. This makes me unhappy because I am into a pretty good routine right now, and I enjoy my after-work runs.

I will wake up early tomorrow morning and get the run in then, instead. My wife and I have plans for the entire day, but they don’t start until around 11 am, so that give me plenty of time to run. That will make Thursday and Friday this week my “Weekend,” and I will have a four-run week coming up. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes. If it goes well, I may just go to a day-on/day-off run schedule. So, there’s some positive to it, I guess.

Post-Run Report: February 8, 2017

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Well, I went and did it. I joined Strava today. Apparently, that’s a runner thing, too. I have my own profile page there as well that has all my run information there. I went and uploaded every run since I started back on September 10th, so everyone can see my progression so far. 

As for today’s run, it went very well far better, even, than I expected. As you may know from reading the previous blog entry, I was not looking forward to this run. I just wasn’t feeling it. But, I went ahead and set out for it anyway. I got my 80 push ups in, and then I did my run. Overall, I felt great and my pace was comfortably hard without pushing too much. I finished with a good time and a pace I am proud of: 9:27/mile. The best part is that I don’t have excessive muscle pain. Just a good post-workout buzz in my legs. I’ll take it. 

Not looking forward to it today…

I think every runner goes through those days when you didn’t get enough sleep the night before, your muscles are still sore from the last run, the weather will be hot and muggy, and you just don’t feel up for a run. That’s how I’m feeling right now.

I know I will get home, I’ll change out of my work clothes and into my running clothes, and I’ll get it done. Why? Because the thought of not running is worse to me than any discomfort while running. It’s become something that I put a priority on in my life. I will give up my comfort to run.

I will do a light run today, though. On my last run on Monday, I planned on doing a light run and while the pace was slow, I ended up going over 4.3 miles. This time, I will aim for right at 3 at an easy pace. I still have more muscle pain than I think I should be having due to pushing too hard last week. I’ll still go for 80+ push ups since my arms have been taken care of pretty well with the slow increase in numbers over the past few months.

Do you ever have those days when you just don’t feel like running but push through it anyway?

Post-Run Report: February 6, 2017

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This was a hard fought 3.78 miles. I experienced a bit of pain in my right leg, just below the knee and general muscle discomfort. I think I’d been running too fast too soon, and I overdid it a little last week. Even two days off didn’t make the discomfort go away, and yet I still ran. I was actually rather okay until I hit about the 2nd mile when the pain below the right knee started. But then, within about half a mile, it went away. The rest of the run was good, and I felt like I was making good time. Only a review of the splits showed that it was actually my slowest run in weeks. Oh well. I got my 80 push ups in which felt great, and the run itself was pretty decent.

I will take tomorrow off again as is my plan, and I will likely have a light run on Wednesday. Hopefully, the muscle discomfort will fade and I can get back to running harder and faster.

Post-Run Report: February 3, 2017

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Another good run. I had a great start but then had some strange quasi-pain in both shins, but I think it had to do with the fact that it was 57 degrees and dropping, and my legs were protesting the cold. After a half mile or so, the pain went away and my legs felt fine. (Even now afterward, they feel fine which, if it were shin splints, they would still be hurting.) I was able to keep my average pace in the sweet spot of 9:30 which is my goal for my runs. I finished with 3.23 miles at 30:51.

It was pretty windy outside which I am never a fan of, but all in all, I can’t complain. At least it wasn’t hot out. As for push ups, I got in a comfortable 75. I decided not to push it going into the weekend.

The next two days are my off days from running. Unless I really feel anxious to run, I won’t do it again until Monday. As for weight, I’m consistently below 175 now which makes me happy. I’m ready for the next block of weight to fall. I’m hoping it comes within the month.

Getting ready for the early evening run

Weather in Houston has been cool lately, so my late afternoon/early evening runs are typically very nice. I’ve been fortunate that the weather has been cooler because I know what’s coming soon: hot weather. That will force me to change my run times to early mornings before work.

I prefer running after work because it allows for me to run longer and/or slower if I feel like it without it impacting the rest of my day. I don’t like to go to bed too early, and I don’t like waking up too early. I typically give myself an hour before I have to leave for work to wake up, get dressed, run, cool down, shower, get dressed for work, make breakfast, and eat breakfast. If I keep my run to 30-35 minutes, I actually can make it work. It’s hectic, but doable. If I’m running and I feel great and want to run longer, I can’t. I have a schedule to keep, and I have to cut it short and head in.

Maybe I have to learn to run in the heat. I did it in the dessert as a young guy and I’m sure I can get used to it again. I just don’t like it so much. It makes for slower and much sweatier runs that feel more draining (because they literally cause more stress on the body, so they are more stressful overall).

With all that said, I’m looking forward to an easy run tonight. I may go for another 4+ mile run like I did on Wednesday. I’m looking to start upping my distances while maintaining the 9:30 average speed. I know I can do sub-9’s when I need to (like my upcoming PRT) and from everything I’ve been reading, the distance running is where it’s at to build stamina and muscle. I try to throw some sprints in every now and then, but I’m not on any serious program for it. I feel like I’m still in a building mode, and I’m not quite there yet.

I’m hoping for the 70-80 push ups tonight; we’ll see where that goes. I look forward to posting my post-run report here soon.