Tuesday, January 02, 2007


I’m not sure to expect this week – running-wise. My right knee has been feeling weird, off-and-on, lately. After Sunday night’s 13 mile run w/ 8 at MP, it was sore.

Yesterday my knee felt better as I ran on the treadmill. I was thinking I could get in an easy 10 miles. However, I stopped to use the bathroom just after 5 miles and when I got back on the ‘mill, my knee was sore. So rather than be a slave to the logbook, I pulled the plugged and called it a day.

This morning, a number of reasons made me just run another easy 5 miles; 1) my knee, 2) back to work, so I already had to get up an hour earlier than I had been, 3) I didn’t know what shape the trails would be in with the resent snow, and 4) my knee.

During the first half of the run I was cursing the city of Bloomington for not plowing their paths. I was literally off the path for 10 minutes before returning to find them ploughed. Pretty weird.

The good news is that my knee felt fine. However, the recent flare ups have me wondering if I can’t handle 90 mpw AND tempo runs at the same time. I keep thinking back to a recent interview where the guy could handle 150 mpw, but “only” ran 120 mpw if he was doing quality.

My New Year’s resolution is to blog less and interview more. I posted another interview yesterday. After reading her responses, Julie thought that she should have provided more in-depth answers. However, I think she does a great job of showing that you don’t have to worry about running 24/7, memorize all your PRs and splits or follow the “perfect plan” to be successful.

Quote of the day;

“In the ‘70s, I was a schoolteacher and I trained at 5 AM and 5 PM. During the wintertime, I never saw the sun.” – Tom Fleming


Don said...

I probably over-analyze, but have you thought about what part of the knee hurts? E.g. outside (maybe ITB), in the joint itself (hmmm), or kneecap (don't worry about it). Might help you decide just how much to push.

Chad said...

Don, it's the kneecap. So I'd guess it's tendonitis. I should probably ice it, but I just tend to take a IBP instead.

Laurie said...

How serendipitous that they would plow right after your run. If only you could have slept another hour.

Anonymous said...

A little slow here but I wanted to thank you for the post on Joe Rubio a few weeks back. I know the name but keep forgetting about him (and subsequently missing out on his wisdom).

Chad said...

Laurie, if only the plow driver had woken up an hour earlier. :)

Finn, no problem. I was hoping someone read that.

MB said...

best of luck with that knee

I think you are on the right track for curtailing a few miles. It's always been my wifes suggestion to me when I bump the mileage and soon discover issues. If you really want the miles it may take time.

Ryan said...

Hope you heal up fast, Zeker.