Today, I ran 9 miles! Can you believe it! 9 Miles. Well, I rested my knee for three days. Then, yesterday, I planned to run 2 miles, but got so busy, it got too late and had to go to work - so I rested it 4 days. Then right as I got to mile 1 - yes you heard me - mile 1, there the knee pain was again. Not stability, but right on top of the knee and more painful with every step. But I had a decision to make - stop or push through. Well, I decided to push it - and see if this injury was gonna take me out. Might as well know now. So, instead of stopping, I went down to 1/1 intervals and upped my pace to a full stride (never done that before). Guess what? Pain totally went away. When I slowed down, pain came back. Hubby says that when you run faster you work a completely different set of muscles. I was barely plugging along at 7 miles to get to 8 last week. At mile 8, I felt good. But then I got tired, slowed down, and the knee pain came back - good and back. But I finished 9 miles - proud of me!
I went over to the running store and their braces and bands were way too expensive, so I got a regular wrap and knee band at Walmart and for the next few days I'll be on RICE - rest, ice, compression, elevate. Hubby thinks ice is the miracle worker, so I'm gonna give it a try. Still going strong. Next week, I go for 10 - and it'll be my first time running to the next town over. Yay! Let's go!