Last week was almost a wash. The previous week was a wash due to being sick and this past week was just a wash due to a crazy schedule of being on the road for work and giving my knee some rest. I haven’t really traveled for work in some time, so it was almost weird to be back on the road again. Long days and weird schedules, caused for only 1 run the entire time I was on the road. I took it really easy that run since I wasn’t sure how the knee would do since locking out the Saturday before. It was very stiff and I could feel it at mile 1, but I went ahead and did another 2.5 at a surprising pace. It was pretty swollen and being on the road, it’s hard to really ice it down. I’ve had lock ups before, but never anything like this one and never had pain that long after one.
To say that least, I listened to my body, rested and even went to the doctors! I never would go to the doctors before for something like this, but now that I actually have good insurance and I won’t go broke seeing a doctor. I got a last minute appointment on Thursday morning with a new doctor that I’ve never seen. There is no ligament damage, which I didn’t suspect there was, but he did confirm there is some fluid build up and the swelling hasn’t decreased. He gave me the okay to run my half on Saturday. He also suggested getting an MRI as he was concerned about my meniscus or patella. I’ve set it up a MRI for next week and if I feel good before, I’ll cancel, but I’m keeping the appointment for now. Again, it’s just so nice to actually have insurance that doesn’t make you do into debt just to take of yourself.
Monday: 3.5 miles, 40:30, 11:34/mile
Thursday: 3 miles, 33:49, 11:16/mile
Saturday: Indy Women’s Half Marathon, 2:32:40
Total Miles: 19.6 miles
I wasn’t sure how the Indy Women’s Half Marathon would go on Saturday, but I figured worse come to worse, I would just walk it as they had a nice time limit for the course. I really didn’t know how the race would go, but I was going to try! The knee was stiff and it hurt, but I finished and I finished 100% better than I thought I would. In fact, my time was just 8 seconds from my Nebraska half last weekend and honestly felt just as great. I thought I might have negative split, but missed it by a little. I still had great splits and very consistent for me coming in at 1:16:05 and 1:16:35. With how the knee felt, I just couldn’t have asked for anything more.
Even though my race went well, I am still going to follow through with my MRI next week unless the pain and swelling completely goes away. I am also back in the gym this week and have 2 scheduled workouts with my training on Monday and Tuesday. I definitely need to see a good week with mileage and workouts this week though and especially need to hit that 15 mile run on Saturday. I have about 10 weeks until the Jacksonville Marathon and really need to start hitting those long runs as prescribed. October will be a tough month with travel, but need to buckle down and get them done. I will say overall September was a great month though. With 5 half marathons and getting into marathon training, I put down 123.2 miles for my fifth highest mileage month.
In non-running life this week, while I was in the Indy area, I headed to the 14th annual Sweatpants and Trucker Hat party! This was my 2nd year of the event and was so glad it worked out that I could attend and run the half that morning. The event is held at some friend’s house pretty much in the middle of no where and they bring in several bands for the night. The catch is that you have to wear old school style sweatpants and a trucker hat. It’s a blast and it was great to see everyone at the event! Last year I had run the Air Force Marathon that morning and basically sat in front of the stage the entire night. This year, I actually enjoyed it a bit more and can’t wait for hopefully the 15th annual event next year.