Running Toward: Stepping Back

As we bid adieu to October, I’ve gotta say, it was a pretty stellar month. More racing than I’ve done all year, beautiful weather, awesome job. It was just great.

The unfortunate thing is that with that awesome amount of racing has come a bit of a set-back with my physical health.

I’ve had problems with my knees since I was a teenager. The loose term would be to say I have “bad knees”. In reality, I have “crappy knees”. Unfortunately, over the years, my bad mechanics and years of not really taking the best care of myself have gradually worn the cartilage down in both knees and so I end up with some nagging knee pain every now and then that comes and goes and this past couple of weeks have stayed a lot longer than I would have liked.

Patella Femoral Syndrome is the official diagnosis but in layman’s terms…stupidity is really what it should be called in my case. I likely *shouldn’t* have run 40K untrained at the beginning of October. It was more or less the catalyst for this current flare up. The 10k and 5k races were more like icing than filler but they compounded the issue.

So right now, I’m on running rest and will likely stay that way until the end of the month at the very least. I’m mostly OK with that as I have a lot of other stuff on the go anyway so it’s not like I’ll be sitting idle for that time. I have my SFG kettle bell certification to train for, my regular training and my coaching training to focus on. That alone depletes my body of most energy by the end of the day. I don’t have any races in mind for the winter so I feel absolutely zero panic about “what to do if…” scenarios’. I do have some stuff lined up for the Spring so I definitely want to stay healthy for that.

All in all, I feel good, I feel strong and though I miss running, I’m in a good place about it and the need for a recovery period from that. I’ll get back to it and will be strapping my heart rate monitor back on soon enough but for the time being, you won’t be hearing much about running for a few weeks.

In Case you Missed it:

Lemming Loop Trail Race Recap

WFPS 10K Recap

Twilight 5K Recap