There will be other runs
Just a little update on my running situation – it has been nearly four weeks since my last run due to my knee injury. Around ten days ago I attempted a very short, easy run but my knee didn’t feel strong enough and I ended up walking back the last half. While the knee is improving slowly, I don’t want to start running again until I feel it is ready – so after that run I decided that I had to rule myself out of the Juan de Fuca run I have been training so hard for. I knew it was the smart decision, this is too big a hole in my training and there wouldn’t be enough time to get my body ready for that kind of distance before I leave Vancouver Island.
It was a sad moment for me telling Pat that I wasn’t going to be able to make the run. Since the injury I have gone from feeling frustrated and angry at myself, then calm and patient to concerned at how long the recovery process is taking. My main focus at the moment it giving the knee the time is needs to heal so it doesn’t affect the kinds of activities I have planned for my road trip – mainly hiking and trail running. So this means not doing anything that will strain the knee. I am also taking Glucosamine Chondroitine supplements which Dave recommended to me, as it is good for the joints and especially cartilage. I am hoping the end is in sight and I won’t have lost too much of my fitness by the time I am able to run again.
I am looking forward to being able to get back out there again, even though I am going to have to take a big step back in terms of distance and build from there, so not to push myself and risk another injury or perhaps something more serious. I have learnt some valuable lessons and I am not deterred – I am going to run these big distances, but I know it is going to take time. Luckily there are plenty of decades left in these legs and plenty of other runs.