Three-fourths of a mile might not seem like a very long distance to many of you, I'm sure, but it is most assuredly a significant distance for me and I ran that distance tonight. Upon accomplishing this, I was so elated that blithesome tears--no exaggeration--came to my eyes.
You see, I've had a bad knee (right side) for several years, which has prevented me from doing running of any sort; a very difficult thing for me to cope with b/c I was formerly quite the running enthusiast. Five years ago, I was doing essentially three miles in fifteen minutes (up and down hills). Daily. And I relished it. It was a point of extreme personal pride.
If you know me at all, you know what a very aberrant thing it was that, one, I was able to run for that distance and with that stamina* and, two, that I was gratified to do it**. Regardless, I seriously aggravated my knee running downhill on pavement (don't do that!), shortly after I began dating Kenny. Subsequently, I never found a form of cardio exercise nearly as compelling as running had been for me.
My knee problem got to be so bad that I became completely gun-shy about running. It was too painful (both physically and mentally) to even consider it, so I tried to make do with "low impact" exercise. Finally, last week, I decided to give the ol' treadmill a try and see what would happen. I only ran for a quarter of a mile, but it was a prodigious step for me b/c afterward, I felt no pain. Nothing. No pain in my knee while running or in the days following. So tonight, I tried it again, this time for three-times the original distance and still no pain.
I must be honest, my right knee is feeling a bit loose at the moment (I'm an hour or so out from my run) - not unstable, exactly, but just...sort of...loose. So in light of this, I will take it easy when I attempt it again on Thursday. No more sprints at eight minute mile speeds. More of the easy jogging. But still. I ran today. I fucking ran again. I can hardly believe it.
Om shanti _/||\_
*I've never been considered "the athletic type."
**Who knew that runner's high could be so irresistible?