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