Yesterday, I didn't even try to run fast. I stuck to a jog, wanting to give my legs some exercise without straining my lungs. Half a mile in, my left knee started hurting. A mile or two later, my right knee started hurting. The pain in both knees was persistent, but not progressive, so I didn't stop. The knee pains I had in high school were progressive; the longer I ran, the worse they got. Since this pain was mostly just annoying, I figured I'd ignore it. I did 4.7 miles. The knee pain was wearing off by the end of the run.
Today, I did 5.2 miles. My right knee hurt a bit worse than yesterday, but still wasn't a progressive pain. I suspect that the culprit (besides too much time off) is that I worked out a few times during my time off from running. Not to say that working out is a bad thing, but I think the working out while not running caused my muscles to strengthen differently, so they are now pulling on my knees. Just a theory. But it makes sense.
So after 12 days with 0 miles, I just got 12.66 miles for this week. Not a bad start. My next race is in 13 days. It will be my first 10 mile race. I'm curious to see if I can run much faster than I do for a half marathon. I am imagining that my pace for the majority of the race will be about the same, but I get to kick sooner, so perhaps my final overall pace will be a bit faster. Of course, that all depends on my lungs getting back into shape in the next two weeks...so we shall see.
In other news, I'm doing a photo-a-day for 2014. On Friday, I couldn't choose just one, so I made a collage. I love the over-all goofiness of these pictures...
And here is me loving the 50 degree weather on Saturday.
If you want to check out my other photos-of-the-day, head over to my website!