Today was NAU’s first meet of the 2010 Indoor season. Instead of racing a mile or 3k, or both, I ran 20 minutes at about 8 minute miles an hour before the meet started. Good news is that my last three runs have been pain free and it is looking like I am finally nipping this knee problem in the butt.
When the injury first came on, I figured it was nothing and I continued to push on. I wanted to come back to Flagstaff in really great shape and ready to start doing some hard workouts. It looks like the injury was more severe than I had thought, as this was three weeks ago. It can be really difficult to discern when there is a real problem and when there is just a little bit of soreness. Honestly, if I did it over again, I probably would go about the injury in a similar fashion. Running is hard and little aches are expected, but they should still be treated. The important thing for me to learn from this is that a day or two off, especially in DECEMBER, is not going to hurt me come outdoor season.
I was perusing some of the recent videos of Flotrack and found this one by UNC’s coach Pete Watson. He suffered 11 stress fractures and 4 broken sacrums during his running career. Needless to say, he has some good insight on dealing with injuries that he shares in this video.