So this morning I was up at 430 AM so I could meet up with the group. The main group meets at 645, but as people's distances are increasing at the same time the heat is, a group has begun starting with a 5 mile run at 545. So I wasnt sure how much I would run today. I did the first 5 miles and felt great. When we got back to the starbucks, I took my first gel and sucked down some water and refilled my bottles on my fuel belt. It was so humid this morning. I was already dripping wet after 5 miles. We waited for the rest of the group to get in and headed back out after about 5-10 minutes. I wasnt sure how much I wanted to do. Since the shortest published route was 6 miles( or at least it was supposed to be 6) I decided to try to do 6 knowing I could turn around or walk if I wasnt feeling up to a full 11 miles. Before I hurt my knee, I had run 10 miles about 3 weeks ago. So the next three miles were fine I was still feeling good.
Starting with mile 9, however, things went down hill (well actually it was up a hill, but my form went to pot). I could feel my legs getting tired and my form going to crap. When I am tired I can tell I heel strike much more. So mile 9 and 10 were filled with much walking. By midway through mile 11, my legs started to feel better. SO I picked it back up a little. At the same time, I realized that the route was going to be about 7-7.5 miles instead of 6. So I skipped one of the loops and stopped when I reached 11.5 with about .25-.5 miles to go. I walked the rest. During the run, my knee only hurt when I would strike my heel. After the run, I had a continuous dull ache in my knee. I came home and iced it and it feels ok. I think it would have been much worse if I tried to run on really tired legs.
I still need to do a swim today or tomorrow, and a 2 hr ride tomorrow. Ill see how my knee feels and take it from there. Hope all of you are having a great weekend