My knee is feeling much better, but it is s-l-o-w progress. Yesterday morning I took the pups for an easy 3.5 mile run. (Photos: Shasta on top and Sadie on bottom on two separate sections of the trail.) It is hard not to go out and just push it like I was three weeks ago. Safe. I must be safe. So I ran easy and threw some nice easy walk breaks in the mix. 3.5 miles - no knee pain, plus absolutely no discomfort or any signs of the runner's knee. Very nice. Yesterday evening I was able to successfully drag Jeanie away from her studies (she's working on her Ph.D.) and we went out for another short run - 2.5 miles. Knee still felt good, though it did feel a little fatigued. Not even close to the pain and discomfort I've felt for the past two weeks.
This morning I took Sadie for a five mile run. Again, I took a few walk breaks just to be conservative, but I ran more than I've run since the start of all this. For about a mile or so I took of the training wheels and picked up the pace a little. It felt good and my knee felt great and I wanted to keep going. I planned to push it a bit to the end but during the last half mile I felt the fatigue setting in so I immediately hit the brakes and walked in. No pain, but still not 100%. I'll probably take Monday and Tuesday off just to get some more rest.
My heart tells me I'll still be ready for Cle Elum on the 15th...but I think I need to start being realistic about whether my knee will be ready. I still have two weeks to make that decision though, so no reason to call it off this soon.
Also, I started wearing a knee support yesterday that seems to be helping. I had tried one of those knee straps but I didn't like the feel of it and it didn't give me the comforting feeling of the knee support that I want right now.
all Garmin Forerunner 205/305 users...
I'm getting pretty close to thinking real hard about possibly looking into maybe getting one. I'm leaning toward the 205 just because I don't think I'd use the heart rate monitor (and because it's less expensive). BUT my biggest obstacle right now is trying to figure out simply if it would be worth having. Sure, I'd have loads of fun with its GPS capabilities - but I'm worried that with all the tree-covered trail running I do it would just be a waste on those runs. I wouldn't really need the GPS capabilities on my road training because I have a watch and can use mapmyrun.com for accurate distances and relatively accurate elevation gain/loss. And nothing really excites me about all the bells and whistles like the training partner thing. So I would want this almost solely for running trails. I'd like to get accurate data on my trail runs, data that right now I'm just estimating. SO, if anyone out there tells me the performance of either the 205 or 305 is noticeably compromised under near constant tree-covered trail running then I will skip it and continue to run like the cavemen did. If any of you trail runners are completely satisfied with its trail performance then I would love to hear.
Have a wonderful Labor Day!!