Well, today felt like a setback. My knees have been stiff since the 5 mile Sunday run/walk. But they aren’t too sore, just stiff, so I thought I’d be able to do a little running today. Nope. I couldn’t run for more than about a minute and a half at a time without feeling like my knees were going to buckle. I guess I pushed a little too hard on Sunday, but I also think to some extent this is how progress is made. I’m trying to stay right at the boundary between pushing myself and pushing too hard – trying to find the limit and stay just inside it.
I also find myself getting a little bored of the gym and the treadmill, partially because the place is empty when I’m there. I’m missing out on the cohort aspect of the training right now, and would like to find others who are training like I am and at my level. Luckily, I’ve heard through the Team in Training network that there is at least one other person training with a run/walk format right now. I’m going to see if I can fit into her training for some companionship, and hopefully start to get to know the paths and roads of York!
Between the knee pain and social engagements over the long weekend, I think I’ll just give my knees a couple days of rest. I did the elliptical for quite a while once I gave up on running, and at least that gave my muscles a nice workout. Maybe I’ll stick with that for a couple days and have a couple days of just plain rest, then come back to try running again next week. I think I’ll also talk to some people about no-impact exercises for strengthening the muscles around the knee. Seems to me when I was young and doing ballet someone recommended some exercises like this. Potentially helpful.
All around I’m tired and kind of dejected this week, and the knee problems fit in with that. Oh well, the sun is shining and I’m sure the mood will lift soon. And ultimately, even though this trip to the gym was disappointing, it still felt good to get some exercise and I’m not sorry I went! Setbacks are a part of working through a challenge.