First hard run

My training calendar had my first speedwork day today.  I nervously anticipated this day.  Since I’m following a modified Pfitz plan, it called for a Lactate Threshold run, 8 miles, with 4 at HMP (half marathon pace).  With this knee thing going on, I wasn’t quite ready to bust out with a HMP (around 8:00 min mile I think), since I haven’t run anything even remotely that fast in two months, I decided to go with 8:34 for the fast pace of the run.

The other parts of the run was at 9:30.  It felt OK to run the speeds, but my cardio endurance has definitely taken a hit since my last race and I hopped off for a rest at the top of every mile.  It was a bit exhausting!  But, for a starting point –  I rocked it!

My knee did not hurt at all when I ran, but afterwards it was a bit sore, so I iced it.  Wrapped it up in a pretty scarf and rested for 20 mins.  Unfortunately my knee also hurt when I was walking up the stairs too, which is a new pain.  So I would say that between skiing this past weekend, and this hard run, I gave my knee a beating.

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When I emerged from the basement the kids were already up, and plugged in.  Life is all about AnimalJam and Minecraft these days.

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The next task on my to-do list…. unpacking.  Sigh./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/8f2/33160970/files/2014/12/img_4363.jpg

Fortunately today was my physical therapy appointment.  I got my knee re-taped, since a bit of it was falling off due to my numerous soaks in the hot tub after skiing.  The PT said that I could tape my own knee and showed me how to do it.  I’m not sure if that means I should just go ahead and do it, or wait for her.  Hmmmm.  She gave me some more exercises which were a duplicate of what my regular Dr had given me.  Not sure that is giving me hope at this point.  What is different is that I am using weights for the exercises.  I will carry on with those and see how it goes!/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/8f2/33160970/files/2014/12/img_4365.jpg

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