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Running Log 4/4/2006

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

So, this is being posted at work, but hey...who cares.

About 3 weeks ago, I decided that I was going to strap on my old trainers and try to run. Not sure why, but I did. Then I found out something....I liked it.... a lot.

So, I went along merrily for a couple of weeks and then all of a sudden, my knee starts to bother me about 45 minutes after a run. Away to the doc's I go, because the last thing I needed to do was myself an injury.

That said, I'm fine. It's just patellafemoral pain syndrome, aka runner's knee. So, the doc said...keep running, just go easy until the pain subsides 100%. Of course, ice like crazy and stretch like crazy.

So, tonight was my first day back on the treadmill. I did just under 1.5 miles in 20 minutes. I am restricted to only doing 20 minutes at a time. Not a fun restriction, but it made sense when my knees started to smart about 16 minutes in just after I decided to cool down. It felt good. As good as I remember it feeling, if not better.

So, this is it.

This summer, I'll be running 5k circuit as much as possible. This said, I'll be doing the Blazin' Hot 5k for absolute definite. I'm a social worker and the agency I worked for before I graduated from college throws that particular 5k and I look forward to seeing my old bosses and co-workers, one in particular, although only to show him that I wasn't lying when I said I used to be skinny. The Blazin' Hot isn't until August 4th, so I feel quite certain that I'll be doing 5ks before that (like the Strawberry Run in June and the Dayton Celtic Run in July).

It amazes me every time I get done with a good workout how much I enjoy doing this. It's like meditation in motion. I don't really think about much when I run. I just concentrate on doing what I need to do and listen to my music. It's therapeutic, to say the least!!
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