Saturday, July 20, 2013

Character Withdrawal


After taking several days off to ice and rest, rest and ice, my knee is feeling better.  I decided to go ahead and do my 5 mile long run today and if my knee is still feeling okay I'll run another 3 tomorrow.  I made myself keep the treadmill at 4 mph for the whole run even though I kept wanting to bump up the speed.

I've had problems with my knee off and on since I started running last year.  I always wear a small knee brace called a patellar strap because I'm pretty sure the problem is runner's knee.  The strap seems to help.  I've also noticed that my knee acts up more when I try to run faster miles.  I think I might have exacerbated the problem over the last couple of weeks because I was trying to run too fast while I build up my distance.  Lesson learned.  I'm going to focus solely on building distance and not even think about getting faster until after the half marathon in September.  After all, the time limit for the half is 4 hours.  I think I need to just focus on finishing under the time limit and staying injury free rather than trying to finish fast and hurting myself.  

After my run, I devoted the rest of my day to catching up on my favorite televisions shows.  I finished watching Smash yesterday and it was really bittersweet.  I realized after I watched the last episode of season 2 that the show was cancelled and I had to go back to my regularly scheduled life. I hate series finales almost as much as I hate reading the last book in a series.  I always feel like I lost a close friend because I had to say goodbye to the characters. I know that sounds absolutely ridiculous, but character withdrawal is real and I will probably be going through it for at least a week.  I hope it's only a week, anyway.  I don't even want to talk about how bad it was after I finished the Deathly Hallows...

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