Up until Sunday, I have only tried a one mile run that didn't really go so well. I made it to a mile, but just barely as my knee pain had started to return. I attempted the run right after my first physical therapy visit and at that visit I asked her if it was ok to run. She said yes, but I could tell she really didn't want me to. After that run I could see why. My knee pain had come back, it wasn't to severe, but enough that I decided I wouldn't run again till Alisha gave me the go ahead. My second PT visit went quit well and it was obvious that Alisha thought I had made some good progress. She instructed me to give a two mile run a try and report back to her how I felt.
Do to the frigged sub zero temperatures I waited until Sunday when things got a little warmer out. Its funny to say that 28 degrees was warm, but compared to what it had been, it felt like a heat wave. I headed down the bike path for an easy out and back route. Other than some jackass that plowed a pile of snow right on the path that I had to walk through, the path was pretty well clear of snow. I kept the pace around a 10:30 for the first quarter mile till I was warmed up, then slowly increased my pace to right around 10:00 per mile avg. I obviously have been obsessing over this injury, so my senses were hyper sensitive on this run thinking every little thing is the onset of pain. The thoughts quickly died down and I was able to make it to the turnaround pain free.
Once I was headed back, I got about a quarter mile in and I started to feel a little something. If you asked me on a scale of 1 to 10 on pain it was a one, more of an aching feeling than pain. I slowed my pace slightly and the aching went away. This feeling would come and go as I finished the remainder of the run, the pain never getting above a two. I walked a few hundred yards to cool down then headed in to do my Therapist prescribed stretching routine.
In previous running attempts the pain would get stronger a lot faster and my knee would ache badly for the remainder of the day. This time no extended aching after the fact and I was feeling pretty confident I am on the right track. I emailed my therapist with my notes and she sounded happy and encouraged at my results. She gave me a go ahead to attempt another 2 mile run. Now it may be awhile before I go out again anyway, we just got more snow and the temps are going to plummet again. I really hate this time of year.