Well, what can I say? It was a bad week. It started off good with the return of Sadie, but my next three runs were less than expected. The pain I felt in my right knee on a long run last month has returned. I'm pretty sure it's fatigued related. This is the third time I've felt it and the other two times I've taken a few days off and it was fine. This week, though, I was hard-headed and instead of taking a few extra days off I tried to compromise and just cut the mileage down so I could still get out on the road. Wednesday my run was supposed to be 8 miles but I could only manage a walk-filled 4. Thursday I wanted to squeeze out at least 4 and ended up with 3, again walk-filled. Yesterday (Friday) was a scheduled off day and I also went in for a massage. The massage was great and I woke up today with fresh legs and high hopes and instead of playing it safe and giving the knee some extra rest I went out on the road shooting for 4 miles to test the knee out. Although I did go 4 miles, the pain returned during the last mile and I walked the last little bit home. Not as bad as Wed. and Thurs., so I think the massage and off day helped, but still annoying enough to be annoying. And I don't even know if the word "pain" is the right word that I want to use to describe it. It feels more like my knee needs to be popped but it just won't pop like it normally does. And annoying enough were I don't want to run on it. Hmmm....
Anyway, tomorrow I had a superliciously awesome 20+ mile trail run planned near Spokane. But, after the outcome of this week's runs, and as hard as this is for me to do, I am going to take tomorrow off. My week is over. I'm going to throw this one in the waste basket and take a few days off to try to get this knee right. It's a little surprising, and frustrating, because this was the week after my cut-back week, so I was expecting to feel refreshed and ready to hit the trails for some serious miles. Maybe I pushed too hard on my cut-back week runs and on this week's Tuesday run with Sadie on Moscow Mt. Maybe there's something in the atmosphere this week challenging every runner's will. Maybe it's all in my head and I should just keep running.
Whatever it is, I'm going to take a few days off.
More rest. More ice. More pills. More calling friends and family to tell them how enjoyable Hairspray was (seriously).