It’s been a while since I’ve really talked about actual running. Sad.
so I guess i’ll talk about it today.
I’ve been slowly incorporating running back into my routine. My longest run is 4 miles (woot), and I ran with KT Tape on my knee. I’ve been running a few days a week, trying not to over do it. I’m also doing physical therapy and I don’t want to run to much plus physical therapy. That smells like sore legs.
Sunday I ran w/ KT tape and had no trouble, thankfully. I don’t want to rely on KT Tape forever, I like it, but I think it could get expensive. Besides the money, I want to be strong and not have to rely on another device. With that said, if this is a chronic thing, and the only way that I can run is to use KT tape, then I will.
Friday at physical therapy the Therapist said that he wanted me to run in the next few days with out the KT Tape to see how I was feeling. I didn’t have time over the weekend, but I had some time yesterday (Tuesday) after work. I was a little apprehensive about running with out the tape. So I decided that I would run on the treadmill for two reasons; 1. It was hot as heck outside. Running outside sounded like a terrible idea and 2. if I ran on the treadmill I wouldn’t be stranded anywhere. I was afraid that I would get away from the house, my knee would hurt, then I would have to limp/gimp/hobble/cry my way back to the house.
The treadmill just seemed the better way to go.
I wanted to start out slow so that I didn’t kill my knee right away. I gradually increased my speed in half-mile increments.
.5 @ 6.0
stop and stretch
.5 @ 6.3
.5 @ 6.6
.5 @ 6.9
.5 @ 7.2
.5 @ 6.6 (cool down)
Total: 3mi @ 9:11pace ( 27:35) Not exactly spectacular, but it was okay. I didn’t have any right knee pain (which is the “bad”) knee, but my left knee was a little cranky. I stopped to stretch two different times. The first time was just a general stretch, and the second time I stopped because my left knee was hurting and I want to see if stretching my hamstring would alleviate the pain. It did the trick for a little bit, but it was still a little achy. Today I’m not feeling any pain at all.
I had physical therapy this morning and I did some new exercises that were definitely challenging. The Therapist wants me to run outside, with no KT tape to see my progress. To say i’m anxious about this is a slight understatment. I can’t just do a loop that would bring me back to my house if the pain starts up. Every route is an out and back, so if the pain starts, then i’m stuck hobbling/crying my way back to the house.
The plan is start at two miles, and a medium pace, something that feels comfortable. If my knee doesn’t hurt then I’m going to try for 3 miles. Fingers crossed I have pain free, KT tapeless run.
I’ll report back later with how that run goes. Eek!
By the way; I really hate writing posts inside the wordpress site. It’s so annoying.
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