So. Aside from the article that continues to refuse to write itself, and the (now from multiple kids) barfing in my house, the other worrisome component in my life is this left knee. I think it’s better, I think.
I’ve been running 3 miles or so, every other day, for about 2 weeks. I’ve iced it faithfully for 20 minutes after every run, and I’ve alternated running with and without the neoprene sleeve. The pain has subsided to near nothing, returned and subsided, returned and subsided.
Today, which is supposed to be the second twenty on Hal Higdon’s Intermediate II schedule, I made it 5 miles with the sleeve and feel pretty solidly recovered. The sleeve itself makes it hard to tell whether or not the knee hurts during the run, but now that I’m back it feels completely normal. No twinges from within, and it’s not tender when I manually wiggle my kneecap with my fingers.
The problem, though, is that at this point I can’t jump back into the training where I left off, and I can’t jump back in where I should be on the calendar because I’ll surely re-injure myself. So I’m back to Mr. Higdon’s site, rigging together a 4-week schedule from the Beginner I chart. I’m not sure where that will put me when it comes time for the race in terms of finishing time (I’d like to finish under 5), but at this point I’m really just more concerned about finishing without injury.
It’s moments like these that I wonder if I want to continue to train for and run marathons–while I enjoy the running immensely, and I really am not (obviously) concerned with breaking any records, it just seems silly to be constantly flirting with damage and suffering.