It’s been about 4 weeks since I started back to running. My race is on Saturday. I have two more runs to complete until race day. I’m ready…I think.
However, my knee hasn’t been ready.
I have an old skiing injury. Old, like twenty years old. I like to pretend that my injury happened while doing some crazy trick skiing. For example, I was doing a Alley Oop Flatspin 540 and landed wrong. Or I was in the middle of a sick Flair in the Pipe and I lost air, crashing into the berm.
In all actuality, on a ski trip in high school, I ended up on a slope that was much too difficult. After crashing repeatedly, I fell a final time and really wrenched my left knee. An extremely embarrassing ride down the mountain on a sled pulled by ski patrol ended my ski trip and professional career.
It also left me with a bad knee. A bad knee aggravated by three pregnancies and aging joints that gives me fits while running. This brings me to the best $6.63 I’ve ever spent.
I will now do a shameless plug for a product that is making my running enjoyable and mostly pain-free: Mueller Jumper’s Knee Support. While running in the past, my knee has always felt, for lack of a better word, loose. It felt wobbly and achy. I knew that at any moment it was going to bend completely backwards, pitching me face first into the street. Not a reassuring feeling while barreling down the road at a blistering 5 mph.
But now, my knee feels supported and stable. I’m enjoying my runs again and am adding distance each time I run. Not drastically, mind you, but in small increments.
My goal for Saturday: Run the whole race. I’m not going to worry about my time or my speed. Just run the whole thing and enjoy myself in the process.
And, of course, get a sweet new t-shirt.
Wish me luck!