|Yours truly at the top of Sunset Peak|
|Day||Mileage / Workout||Comments|
|Sunday||Off||6 Miles of hiking|
|Total miles for the week: 21; YTD: 1073|
This week was getting used and seeing what my knee would tolerate. If you've been following me, you know I've been dealing with a bit of a knee problem. In short, a doctor told me that I had quite a bit of scar tissue built up on my knee and as a result, was causing me a lot of pain.
I have been going to physical therapy and so far have been having good results with the treatment. I have also been doing my homework in that I've been doing all the crazy exercises they have given me. This involves some one-legged squats, 4-directional leg swings with a theraband attached to a stationary object and icing / stretching. My neglected hamstrings, glutes and inner thing muscles have taken a beating as a result. And when I run, I definitely feel stronger.
Physical Therapy treatment (I've gone twice) involves some exercises, electric stimulation, Graston release and more exercises. I really enjoy it -- although definitely not looking forward to the medical bill (insurance seems to cover so little these days). While at the beginning of the week I was in quite a bit of discomfort, I am finding that as time progresses, it *is* getting better.
That being said, however, my knee is still having issues. It isn't so much during my running, but it is after sitting for periods of time, which I do a lot of at work. When the tendon is suddenly expected to have weight put on it, it complains -- often loudly. I get a very sharp pain -- sometimes from bone on bone. So I walk with a bit of a pronounced limp. Once I am warmed up, though, generally I feel good.
So I was given the green light to do some easy 2 - 3 mile runs so long as the pain wasn't bad or it didn't alter my stride (too much). And I took advantage of it and didn't abuse it too much -- with the exception of Saturday.
I feel almost like I am starting over in terms of building up my endurance. Saturday's run started out promising and I was holding a decent pace for 5 miles. After that though, the heat and a lack of carbohydrate in my system slowed me down. I also had a growing pain in my hip, which is a result of me changing my stride to brace for any knee problems (I also torqued it during a PT session). I am pretty happy though that I was able to get some miles in and start building back up. I want to be ready to run some quality half marathons this fall as well as get ready for Vegas (no other marathon plans right now).
I should be good to go for next weekend's Dam Train Race. It won't be a stellar performance by any means, but I'll be able to cover the distance.
Since I couldn't run early on in the week, I took my training to the trails. I did a power hike from Brighton Utah to the top of Sunset Peak (Garmin route here). Initially my knee wasn't happy but after warming up, I was cranking up the trail. I wound up hiking the 3 mile route in about 70 minutes, which is cruising given the elevation and hills I had to conquer.
I love power hiking, as I can really work out without stressing my joints or my knees. The thinner air, the climbing and distance all talk their toll. It was a beautiful day for a hike and I got a lot of good pictures. This is one of my favorite hikes as there are people on the trail, which is reassuring, and sections of it are highly runnable / fast walkable.
Enjoy the photos: