GOOD KNEE/BAD KNEE: Who can predict?
Just completed 20-mile-run in preparation for the Carlsbad Marathon in January. I’ve added one mile a week, starting with 14 miles in October.
Here’s an example of the weirdness of training for distance running:
I have a bad left knee. Without my friend, Evie’s enthusiasm, I would not have signed on for this marathon.
One minute, I doubt my sanity and the next, I’m euphoric. Yesterday, I ran sixteen horrifying, painful, gimpy, tortuous miles. My knee hurt and I had a back-attack. The knee is always there, but the back is something new.
In any case, I came home, stretched, rolled and slept all night. Woke up to a sore knee and slight back ache. I NEVER EVER get out of bed hurting, but today I did.
I will be out-of-town and unable to run through Sunday so I had to get one more long run in today. Getting up with aches and pains, I almost tossed out the “long run idea.” Nevertheless,
I’d promised to meet Evie.
We started out for ten miles, me exhorting her NOT to wait for me. I planned to walk, but I started out running.
1. My knee did not hurt.
2. My back did not hurt.
3. Said “Bye,” to Evie at nine miles and completed the next eleven by myself, finishing strong.
4. Go figure.
OK, I am not hitting the pace I have run previously because I cannot pound down on my sensitive knee. All I can work on is long mileage endurance.
It’s a thrill to observe the body and the mind adjust to training and gain ability to persevere.
PLEASE SEE MY DAILY PILOT ARTICLE “FITNESS FILES” FOR 12/4/15 for more on race.