Saturday – I’m encouraged.

It’s been really hard not running. I tested the knee a few days ago. I’ve been doing quad sets and wall sits at work, between patients, and after a few days the pain in my knee virtually disappeared. So, of course I went for a run.

I was very cautious and took it very slow and only did 2km. The knee held up rather nicely. There was only the subtlest of aches and no searing pain afterwards. I iced it that night and continued to do the quad strengthening.

I’m doing about a hundred squats a day and have done so for the past 5 days. My legs are starting to notice. I had planned on going for an early morning run this morning but just couldn’t make it out before the heat set in.

My running friends have all told me, in not so many words, that I am playing with fire. I should not be testing the knee. That if indeed I do have the dreaded “runners knee” that I need to lay off the running and cross train.

If you’ve been following my blog you know that patience when it comes to running and injuries is definitely not one of my virtues. Running is important to me for so many reasons. The thought of not being able to run is unbearable really. Sounds dramatic, I know. But it’s true. I love the way it makes me feel and it helps keep me in great shape.

So tonight, after the kids were in bed I went out for a run. I’ve had a headache all day and just needed to get out. I had no idea what to expect and in fact had no expectations whatsoever. I quickly realized it was going to be a good run. I had ZERO pain in the knee the entire run. I was so thrilled but told myself to keep it short. My plan by 2 km in was to wrap up around 4 km. I decided to head to the local trail for a bit and saw this little guy along the way.

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Tonight’s run was very, very encouraging.

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