|Hanging Behind ANDY|
"The ONLY one that can tell you 'you CAN'T' is you and YOU DON'T HAVE TO LISTEN"
I have not ran in 13 days. NOT that I have not tried, I just have not gotten farther than a couple hundred feet. My knee instantly feels heavy with a aching pain located around the knee.
Diagnosis: ITB Friction: Iliotibial band syndrome causes pain on the outside of the knee which is caused by friction of the iliotibial band on the side of the knee. It is also known as ITB syndrome or ITBFS and sometimes referred to as runners knee. Def. from Sports Med injury.
I am sure running my 50 miler, NYC Marathon, Detroit Free Press half and then Boston in April without any significant time off was not real brilliant. It was fun for what it is worth. And has been worth ALOT.A appointment with a surgeon, a MRI, a X-ray and now Physical Therapy with Clint Verran.
I am so thankful for Andy. He has been very sympathetic, understanding and generous about letting me pursue all the means to get back out there and run. He reads my posts and genuinely feels terrible that I can not run. He even does my exercises with me too hold me accountable and support me. (probably scared to death it might happen to him as well!)
Funny how sometimes you just KNOW. You have that affirmation deep in your gut.
Today, I woke up and JUST knew. I knew today was a RUN DAY. I needed the run like a addict feigning for their next fix. I was desperate to run. Every cell within my body was thirsty for its drug of choice. All my thoughts circulated around running. I was itiching, planning, checking the weather, planning my route, my fuel and my prayers.
Come Hell or High Water I WAS RUNNING.
|Smiling a Mile 4!!|
And that is exactly what I did!!! I RAN. I RAN!!
7 MILES. I ran 7 miles of Andys LONG RUN. Then I got on my bike and road another 7 miles to support him.
I couldn't complain about anything, not the black flies, the heat or the humidity. I was RUNNING.
I wasn't running fast.
I wasn't running hard, 5:1 intervals
I wasn't running pain free.
But I WAS RUNNING.
I feel so triumphant with my little 7 miler. Grateful to GOD. My heart is FULL.