Silly Me

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Since the second week of the cross country season my freshman year of high school, I've needed to wear a knee brace on my left knee when I run. Every once in awhile I'll workout without it, but I'm pretty dependent on it for the most part. So I've been sick as a dog for the last week or so, but my body was feeling better today (NOT my throat) and I decided a nice long run would do my immune system good. So I thought, "60 minutes. Doesn't matter how fast you run or how far, just run for 60 minutes." I HATE the knee brace I have though-- it's one of those velcro wrap arounds and after you wash it once or twice, the velcro doesn't stick and it constantly unsnaps. And I was running outside today, not in an air conditioned gym, so I decided I didn't need it. Ha. Thirty-one minutes into my run, I felt like my patella was going to pop off (and two bugs had already flown in my mouth). I tried to walk and run intermittently, but it was no good. My knee was done. I walked the remaining 29...but it was a fast walk!

I did discover some new trails I like. I also read a sign on one of the trails and you know what I learned? Horses have the right of way to pedestrians. Betcha didn't know that.

Now I'm on the couch with an ice pack strapped to my knee and my voice is GONE. I had a nice sexy phlegm-y voice before, but I've been reduced to a whisper (the heavy breathing was not good). That's what I get for trying.

Mission for tomorrow? Find a pullover knee brace. Breathe only through my nose.

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