I went 3.5 miles around the gym's indoor track, which is flat and soft compared to anywhere outside. Walked half, ran half. No knee pain. There was a definite fatigue/discomfort feeling in my knee during the last couple laps, but no pain. This, I think, is very good news. My last couple "test" runs were about the same distance with a very noticeable discomfort/pain in the knee that forced me to stop running. My quads were very tired, but this can be attributed to the quad exercises that I've been doing the last two weeks for rehab. I could have kept running today (for how long I don't know) but I wanted to play it super safe and live to run another day.
A recap of my last couple weeks:
- Aug 14th - my last pain free run (17 days ago)
- 3 painful short runs before I decided I should rest (totaling 11 miles)
- One scenic 10 mile hike with uncomfortable running mixed in (um, probably should have skipped this hike...)
- 10 days with no running
- Various cross-training
- 54 movies (at least it seemed like it)
Hopefully I can keep running. Cle Elum is in two weeks!