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Failure to Launch

I stopped running.

It seems that Murphy’s Law has struck again.  I go ahead and talk about my pain-free training annnnnnnnd the pain begins.  I did an outdoor run about a month ago and I’m not sure if it was the actual pavement pounding or just poor luck in general that started it up, but it is definitely back with a vengeance.

I spent the next couple of runs biting my lip and powering through only to find that the pain was not only present while running, but all day long, and for days after.  I haven’t tried for a few weeks now and it still hurts to walk down stairs or to bend quickly at the knee, which I do once or twice every minute while chasing around my son.

I’m heartbroken.  I really thought I was going to be ok.  I thought I was past this.  I thought I had beat it.  Dumb knee.

Anyway, all is not lost.  I’m still planning on running a 10k in May.  I just don’t think I can slowly creep up to the 10k in preparation for it.  I might have to just do a blast on the day of and suffer the consequences after.  But I will continue to work on my stamina and endurance through other means (elliptical and more recently spinning – which I am loving).

Thank you to all of you for your supportive comments and emails.  It meant a lot to me to know I had such a large cheering section.  I feel quite disappointed in myself for giving up almost before I started, but such is life.   And walking trying to walk around in that much pain doesn’t make it worth it.

So there it is.  My update.  Sad, yes, but there are worse things.  And I’m choosing not to focus on any of them.

March 29, 2011 - 11:17 am

Kris - Ugh. Your story is just a little too familiar for me. Take good care of that knee…it’s not worth pushing it too much and paying later, whether that’s the day after or years down the road. 🙁

March 29, 2011 - 1:29 pm

Linda Desjardins - Shannen

Get your knee checked out by a doctor – phsyio may help you to build up some strength – maybe I’ll see you at Good Life

April 2, 2011 - 4:28 pm

Heather - Ah, running. My nemesis. As you might know, I have been doing the Couch to Five Km plan, which has been going slowly but pretty good (aside from this week – I got lazy). I have never been a long distance runner, and I firmly believe some people’s bodies are built for it. I am NOT one of those people. And the journey continues…
Hope your knee feels better soon!

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