Since I last posted I have run twice, both times wearing the knee strap I got to help with the knee pain I was having. I wore it all day on Monday and could tell a difference but was still apprehensive about going for a run. For five days I felt the New York City Marathon slipping away from me and was so scared that even the strap wouldn't relieve the pain and discomfort.
I went for my first run on Tuesday morning expecting to have to turn around with my tail between my legs and go back to my apartment. I started jogging, not even running and was shocked when there was no pain at all. I figured it was only a matter of time before it started up again. I was extra cautious running downhill, certain that my knee would buckle and give out.
Instead, I ran completely pain free. For 38 glorious minutes. The longer I ran the more I started to become hopeful that I wasn't out of the game just yet. At the same time I thought it was too good to be true and my body was just playing a trick on me and any minute the pain would return.
When I was done running I stretched, foam rolled, and iced. I want to do everything possible to stay as pain free before November 3. After my run I came home and found out that start times and waves are up for the New York City Marathon. It's a good thing my run went well because if it still hurt and then I got the marathon info I would have been so sad.
Orange Wave #2
Yesterday I went for my second run, which was much more of a test to how my knee is holding up. On the schedule was hill repeats at marathon race effort followed by a quick acceleration after cresting the hill. Although this was not a very hard workout it was my first attempt at some harder efforts with the knee strap.
Once again I kept the warm up and warm down as easy as possible. I didn't push that that hard even on the repeats. As much as I want to have a huge PR in New York and reach those goals I set for myself months ago, it is more important to me right now to get to Staten Island healthy and able to run a marathon to the best of my ability. So as of now, things are going well but I'm taking it a day at a time.
Are you running the New York City Marathon?
What wave are you?