Sunday, August 26, 2007
My Old Man Knees
I have the knees of an 80-year-old man.
This is something I've come to terms with. I understand my arthritic joints and they, in turn, cause me massive pain as often as possible.
Usual I push through the aching and stiffness and make my body work for me.
With a half-marathon, not so.
Today I ran my third key workout today, the 13 mile, half marathon run at a pace of 9:16.
I began today by waking up late, which is basically the usual way I start any day. I got out of bed by 8 and had my gear ready twenty minutes later. I ate a gel power pack (which actually gave me a little boost) and headed out with a camelback and an iPod full of music.
From my start point on the Esplanade (along the Charles River) I started jogging, probably ahead of my pace by about five seconds. I got lost a few times, taking turns I didn't need and crossing the river twice.
After about an hour, I turned around, realized I'd gone a bit too far. I passed my brother running his own speedy pace, with girlfriend Amy skating alongside.
We both agreed that running in 88 degrees and 70% humidity was not the best move.
As I finished up my run, my knees decided to explode. I had to stop a few times, walking off some painful IT Band stretches.
Still, stretching never felt so good, and the reheated lo mein I'm eating right now is hitting the freaking spot.
Now let's see how it all feels tomorrow.