Obviously, the biggest run of the week was my first 20 miler in seven months. I used to run 20-milers nearly every weekend, nearly two-dozen times in each of 2011 and 2012. That number dropped to 6 times in 2013. That distance remained an elusive mental barrier, until now. By the time I was done, I was stiff, sore, and pretty gassed, but it went pretty well all things considered.
I was talking with my buddy Chuck on our run today and my knee isn't "right", but I am not sure it is "wrong" either. There are good days and bad. Things are continuing to progress as I build mileage and balance XT. But there remains constant reminders that I need to go easy. I am not running through pain that is irresponsible, mostly a 1-2 on a scale of 10, and it never gets worse on the run. In fact, many days, it feels better if I run. However, there is low-grade aches that are seemingly everywhere. Some days they are behind my knee. Some days they are the front. Some days it is along my shin. Rarely is it ever on the side, where it resided quite extensively last summer. The long and the short of it is that I continue to rehab and rebalance (I think my quad and hamstrings are sort of out of balance) while I wait for things to feel full go. I honestly think the track I am on is normal and that day will come. In the mean time, I just need to find the confidence to keep pushing and not worry about the bad days.
Not shown in the table below is the amount of rehab work I do. While I have designated days for Yoga and strength training, I lots of stretching and PT/rehab exercises each day. I am struggling mightily to get my left hamstring to loosen up and my left my quad to strengthen and "fire" so I can handle some real vertical.
|Monday||6||Night Run on Trails|
|Wednesday||6||Lunch Time Trails |
Yoga for the Core
|Thursday||6||Easy with my wife|
|Saturday||20||Cheyenne Mtn Trails|
|Total||42||4400 feet of vert|