Monday, May 31, 2010
May In Review, Strike Two
The best thing I can say about the month of May is "Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out." This was the worse month of (non)running I've had in over three years. I started the month with severe knee pain brought on by a bad case of ITB syndrome. My failure to recognize the injury early on and my attempt to run through it only made matters worse. I finally stopped running when the pain started to interfere with normal everyday activities, like walking and sleeping. Too bad it was too little, too late.
After three week of rest and PT my knee pain was beginning to subside. I made a commitment to myself not to try running again until I went 10 days pain free. I'm sure you know how well that went. After five days my impatience won out and I went for a very slow and easy 20 minute jog. It felt great to be moving again even if it was for a short time. I was encouraged that I made it through the "run" without any knee pain. The day after the run I had some minor discomfort but no real pain. Things were looking up!
Today, after two rest days, I tried another run. This time around it didn't go as well. I stated to feel some discomfort during the run and then the pain returned at the 20 minute mark. I immediately shut it down and walked about five minutes before the pain disappeared. This was the second time in May I tested the knee and the second time I swung and missed. It's obvious I'm not ready to take on running in any form, no matter how slow or short it may be. It looks like I'll need to take another month off which will totally blow all my summer race plans.
It's going to be a long, boring summer....