Tonight was my first run since the Great Injury of 2011. I opted to run on the treaddy in case my knee completely gave out, or my spirit wimped out, or any other possible contingency that I could dream up. I decided to get on there and just take it easy. I wanted to run at a roughly 12:00/mile pace, nice and easy, 0% incline, and I intended to stop at the first sign of pain. I felt much better than I thought I would and didn't really feel any pain until I hit 1 mile. At that point I thought "why stop at the FIRST sign of pain...that's for WIMPS..." and I kept going. Until mile 1.15 where I reminded myself that this was my first time out in 16 days and the whole point was to test out my knee function, not wind up back in bed with my leg propped up on pillows. So, I went on until 1.2 (I like nice even tenths) and then I (very responsibly) stopped. I ran 1.2 miles in 13:52 with minimal pain.
I feel confident that if I take it easily and work back up at a reasonable pace that I will be good as new in no time. I don't seem to have lost too much fitness, my lungs and heart could have kept going. I actually expected that my first run out would include walk breaks, but it didn't which is great news! Just have to get the knee conditioned to working out instead of laying down.
There was a degree of fear in the run, twofold:
- Physical fear: Watching my feet. Wondering if I would trip and fall again. Would I step off the side of the treadmill? Would I re-injure my knee?
- Mental fear: Was I ready? Was I still capable of running? Would I be able to (eventually) hit the pace and distance from before the injury? I mean, one glance at my recent training log was enough to have me quaking in my Ryka's...
I didn't work out the answers to these tonight, and probably won't until I have several more runs under my belt event-free and confident.
Running Goals Revisited
My half marathon is roughly 5 weeks away. I was hoping to PR, now I'm hoping to finish without hurting myself. My new goal is to safely build my training back up, run my half for training purposes, and then have a strong half in June. The only problem is that I'm not actually registered for a half in June!
So...anyone know of any half marathons within the first two weeks of June that aren't A) sold out, or B) inhumanly hot? A little heat is okay, too much...not okay. Flat course and a hotel within walking distance of the start/finish earns you bonus points :-)
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