I was super excited that last Saturday’s run seemed so pain free! I still planned to take it “easy” this week, but I thought I was on the road to getting back to normal and wouldn’t have to skip any races.

I was wrong. And I knew I was wrong, because it still felt a little tender later in the day after the run. But we are stubborn runners.

On Monday, I commuted via bike to and from work. 12 miles total. And then it was Pint Night (er, $3 cans night?), so I biked up to Fleet Feet (barely a mile) to meet the crew for a 3 mile fun run. Knee was feeling OK. Until we stopped for a train about 2 miles in.


The L is street level in some places. Photo source: Anne

When we started running again … I felt it. My knee thing. My knee had feelings. It wanted to share them. Damn emo knee.

So I talked to “coach” who has had her share of experience with injuries all over. She said it sounded inflammed (and it feels inflammed) and it needs rest. From everything. So no running, no biking, nothing that will aggravate the knee. I can swim. I can water jog. (So I guess I need to buy a lap swimming pass from the Chicago Park District.) I should ice. I should consume stuff that is anti-inflammatory. Ibuprofen? Turmeric?

We agreed that I should not run until May 31. That’s when summer marathon training with CES starts. So that’s 10 days of no running. And now, coach’s orders, no biking. (Really wish I had access to a rowing machine.) I sat on the L yesterday morning and briefly had a dude’s crotch way too close to my face and really really really wanted to be on a bike instead.

I was looking forward to participating in the Corporate Challenge this Thursday because I’m finally working for a company that participates. No dice. But no biggie, I’m told it’s not that serious of a “race” so much as a corporate block party in Grant Park.

But I was really  looking forward to the Soldier Field 10 on Saturday. Even with my lackluster running as of late, I really enjoyed that race the last time we did it. I was really looking forward to finishing on the 50 yard line, regardless of my finish time. I thought maybe I could do the race anyway, and then just rest until Ragnar on June 6. But that would be stupid. I’m registered for a marathon. I’m registered for a team relay event. I need to focus on being able to complete those things. So, before I could talk myself out of it, I made arragements for my SF10 bib to eliminate the temptation if the knee “feels fine.”

It’s not the end of the world, and as I saw last week with a little bit of rest, the knee will improve. It just needs more time. If you need me, I’ll be on the L catching up on reading playing Candy Crush Saga.