At about this time last week, my knee hurt some, but I was planning to continue my streak until I was able to get in to see my sports medicine doctor. Last Monday morning, when his office opened, I called and made my appointment for August 14. He has an entire week of vacation before that, so I didn’t think that would be too long to wait.
6 hours later, I had other thoughts. I’m not sure what did it, but the pain in my knee definitely hit a peak on Monday. It could have been spending the day in heels (although moderate and chunky) for the first time in 10 days. At any rate, I decided to keep my appointment, but I called back and put myself on his cancellation list. I also made the very difficult decision to put myself on 3 days of rest.
As I drove to and from work Tuesday and Wednesday, I felt like I wanted to scream every time I passed a runner. But, I made it through the 3 days of rest without resorting to violence. 🙂 Honestly, after a 63 day run streak, 3 days off, while frustrating, felt really good.
By Thursday, I decided to try walking. The group was meeting up for runs of various distances before we went to a baseball game, so I opted for walking about 2.5 miles. It helped that a friend who is not a big runner showed up and decided to stick with me. The time passed quickly and before I knew it, we were 2 miles in and my knee was just starting to get a little achy.
I rested again on Friday. I’m enjoying the last weeks of my summer schedule so I spent some time cleaning out our office. We’re house-shopping, so I’m trying to get things purged before it is time to pack. I was pretty active all day, but I didn’t do any type of structured exercise.
On Saturday, I met up with the group again. I opted for walking 4.5 miles looping both Country Park and Military Park while they were out running anywhere from 5 to 13 miles. I brought a book so I sat in the car and read until everyone else finished up.
On Sunday, I had plans of heading to the gym and hitting the spin bike for 30 minutes, but between grocery shopping, more cleaning, and cooking, I didn’t fit it in. What I did manage to sneak in was just a few minutes on my road bike. I’m working on getting comfortable on it again now that Nathan changed out my clips for real pedals (I just couldn’t do the clips).
I’m looking forward to some good walks, sessions on the spin bike, and a little more practice on my road bike this week. I’m also going to be working through the exercises and stretches for my knee each day. After this week, I need to find a way to fit in more core and arms, but I want to make sure I have the knee routine down first. It’s going to be a great week!