Today was a scheduled 6 mile run. All day I told myself I was going to take the day off just to be on the safe side in response to the knee pain I had at the end of Sunday's run. After work I told myself I would just go for a short walk with the dogs. On the drive to the path I told myself I would walk for at least 2 miles. On the path I figured I might as well just run it because the knee felt fine and why do all this driving around just to go on a walk. So I ended up running a crisp 2.5 miles. That's a logical sequence, right?
Thanks for all the advice about the knee pain. It felt fine today, but I guess I really wasn't expecting it to have any pain in such a short distance anyway. I'm taking some ibuprofen and icing it and will probably take it easy all this week. I have my trail race on Saturday and I want to be sure that I'm at 100% for it. Cross my fingers that the knee won't be an issue...
My conclusion about the knee pain on Sunday is that I was just pushing it too hard on the uphills on a distance I'd never run before, especially when I was feeling so strong approaching mile 12. This is a lesson to learn from. I don't want to not run hills on my long runs, mostly because the flat routes around here are either boring or not dog-friendly, and I just really have come to like running hills. So I don't think I'll shy away from the hills completely on my long runs, but I will definitely (attempt to) pace myself better on the ups.
Today: 2.5 miles
It's getting hot again this week. I'll try to keep running though. :)
The bumper sticker I received in the mail today from my father-in-law:
I showed Sadie and she immediately started licking her...well, you get the idea.