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Running…Day 11..1 mile..non-stop!!

Today was the day to let it all hang out. One complete mile with no stopping. The first thing I am going to do on this post, is to describe the route that I take.

It is an oval, similar to your average NASCAR track. A long run that starts at my driveway, of a little under a 6th of a mile, the a shorter portion which is about an 8th of a mile, then the same amount as the first leg, then the final turn home.

This morning, I was greeted with the pain in the back of my left knee that had gone away previously. My knee was locked up and I spent a good 15 minutes trying to get the knee to “release”. It never did completely. I was determined to finish the run, but first, I had to start it!

After my stretching, I started the run. I have picked up my pace as of this week and so the first leg was going well. There was slight discomfort in my left knee, but, anyone who knows me, knows that when I actually decide to do something, I will not be deterred. In this case, it may be detrimental to my health, but it wouldn’t be the first time!

After the first lap, I was moving along nicely. Only a hint of pain from the left knee and I managed to complete the first lap without breathing through my mouth again, just like yesterday. As I made the first turn, I could feel the “burn” in my quads. I haven’t felt that in some time! Rounding the second turn, heading for the long backstretch, I felt pretty good. Things were about to change.

About 2/3 of the way down the backstretch, I took a misstep. There was  a sharp pain from the upper, inner portion of my knee. Right above my surgically repaired ACL. 😦 I continued to run and rounded the last turn. There would be no sprint home today as I literally, limped home.

When I got to the front door, a wave of excitement came over me as I actually made the complete run, non-stop!!!!

I did accomplish the goal of finishing the mile without stopping and, registering my best time, 6:28 minutes.

After I got inside the house, I stretched my legs, massaged my knee and as of now, everything feels good. We will see how things are later on today. Tomorrow is an off day and Sunday is the Tour de Bar. Hopefully, I survive that and may have some pictures of the event.

Everyone have a great weekend!!


February 4, 2011 - Posted by | Running | , , , , , ,


  1. Is there a reason why you are so focused on speed? I’d much rather see you build endurance without injuring yourself.

    Comment by Jen | February 4, 2011 | Reply

    • It is just a goal of mine to get the mile time down around the 5 minute range. The endurance will come. That has never been a real problem for me. I used to ride a bike or run all day…then again…. that was 25-30 years ago!

      The pain in my knee is more of a result of all of the damage that has been done and from the surgeries. I suspect I will have to deal with it for the rest of my life, to some extent. It is noting like it was last February. That was the most pain I have been in with respect to my knee…….ever!

      I know my limits and the difference between “pain” and “PAIN”!

      Good luck with your sales. I added your site to my blogroll. How do you like the blog?

      Comment by magnuminsp | February 4, 2011 | Reply

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