Short Run

Jul. 22nd, 2014 11:01 pm
ofearthandstars: Photo of woman running in silhoeutte (running)
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I ran 1.5 miles tonight, starting with 1.25 miles in 11'41", walking for 11 minutes, and then finishing up the last quarter mile with an easy run. I wanted to run continuously, but knee pain after my last run has me feeling more conscious of the mileage. If I run with my knee brace on very firm/tight, I have the right "grip" but then I find I've a stiffness to the knee; wondering if a new brace that slides on or buckles/tightens in a different way might be helpful. Also wondering if I'm keeping my knees stiff because of fear of injury. Trying to find the right gait also feels more difficult than it used to be. I have to keep reminding myself to position my feet to land below my body, to strike on the mid-foot, to not turn my leg in or out - it almost seems harder than when I first began running. In good news I didn't feel too winded and I didn't tired out, although it was like swimming through a warm porridge, thanks to the humidity.

Even so, it's the farthest distance I've run since early June. Iced immediately afterwards, and was able to go without ibuprofen tonight. If my knee feels good tomorrow I'll repeat the distance Thursday.
ofearthandstars: Photo of woman running in silhoeutte (running)
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I've been out of sorts for the past 5-6 weeks since developing runner's knee in early June (came down wrong on the knee - which has had prior injuries/issues - during an easy pace run). This was a bit of a blow to me as I've been trying to build distance all year in the hopes of running a 10K this fall. I'm not sure I'm on schedule to do it this fall after the injury, but time will tell. Prior to the injury, I was making 4.0 mi/6.4 km runs with about an average pace of 11'32".

During my month off, I've been cycling and doing some yoga, mainly to try to strengthen my quads/hamstrings to help support the knee. I also bought a new pair of running shoes since the old ones were very high-mileage. Today I took my first run post-injury, a meager 0.4 miles (I'm following the conventional wisdom that one should start at a tenth of their previous mileage and then slowly add on a tenth if things are pain-free). I'm also wearing a brace on the knee, which I wore prior to the injury. I found at the very start that I was incredibly unsure of my gait/stride, probably because I was afraid of experiencing pain in the knee and possibly because it's been a while. I had some mild twitchiness across the top of my knee during that, but it seemed to fade once I figured out my stride. It definitely felt too short - it was only two blocks. After the run I took to my bike and rode 4.0 miles at an 8-10 mph pace. Once back at home I pre-emptively iced - the knee is a tiny bit grindy, but otherwise pain-free, so I guess I'll call it a success for now.
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