“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other”
First, the cool tee I got from Patrick at The Road [A Multi-Sport Blog]...I love it! Thanks Patrick :)
Here's how things have been going with the knee and the running. On Friday, I did my first bare sock run on the treadmill. I slipped off my shoes and tried to be discreet because I was told that some gyms don't allow it. They never noticed. I walked, then ran slowly, then ran at a closer to normal speed (for me). On the treadmill, it is a lot easier to keep the 3 steps/second rythm, as you have the time right there in front of you. Seriously, I felt great. I was floating along with my little energizer bunny short stride and my bare socks. It was so comfortable and great that even though I knew I needed to be cautious and not run too long...I had to force myself to put my shoes back on when I reached 2K. It didn't take long, once I had my shoes on, to feel some mild pain. After 1K with the shoes on, I thought I'd try to go back to no shoes and see if the pain went away. It didn't work, once the pain starts, that's it. So after another K of running in my socks, the shoes went back on. I stopped at 4.8K (too much pain) and walked until I reached 5K.
On Saturday, I woke up with sore calfs, but good workout sore (they were definitely a little tight after running barefoot). Still, I went for a 4K run outside. I'm getting pretty good at following the 3 steps/second cadence, but I needed to check my watch regularly to make sure I was on track. Sometimes I was a little off and sometimes I was right on. The way I do it is that I start counting when I'm on an even number, I count to 90 steps and then I check back to see if that was 30 seconds. It's pretty easy to do. The pain started at around 3K, but it was still controllable. However, closer to 4K there were a few stabs of pain, still, it remained bearable, but I decided to stop. The cool thing, is that I could feel myself landing much more on the front of my foot and not at all on the heel. In the evening I decided to use the roller on my calfs, just to be sure they don't get too tight. Felt real good.
Today, Sunday, was a long slow run, so we were doing 10/1, which seemed to help. I only started to feel mild pain around 5K. I then went down to 5/1 for another 3K, for a total of 8K.
Ready to go!
Today, we were hooking up with my brother, who was running his 32K
I am so freaking proud of him!!
Back to todays run: The pain remained bearable and was not constant. I'm getting pretty good at maintaining my 3 steps/second cadence, although I still need to do my 30 second check regularly. Sometimes I'm one second off, but mostly I'm pretty much on. I'm pleased :). So far so good with the homework from my PT...healing seems to be going in the right direction. Oh...and I always ice my knee after my runs.
Tomorrow, I plan on trying another bare sock run on the treadmill at the gym. Then Tuesday is my next appointment with the PT...I'll keep you posted!
Hope the racing went well this weekend!