1. I’ve seen so many posts recently by people already picking out their 2011 races. SHEESH! I know these things sell out fast these days, but I don’t even know what I want for dinner tonight and I’m expected to know where and how far I want to run a year from now? But I guess I better get on it. While I’m at it I guess I’ll go ahead and schedule 2012’s teeth cleanings and 2022’s mammogram.
2. I have quit physical therapy. After last Saturday’s attempt at a long run I knew that what they were doing just wasn’t cutting it and stopped everything they had told me to do. I brought all this up at Monday’s appointment, and they basically told me that they didn’t have anything else to offer me. They agreed that I should stop what they had started me on since it was making it worse and offered to continue the ultrasound therapy. I’m not paying a $20 copay for 10 minutes worth of ultrasound, so I guess that’s that. I have gone back to the very agressive IT band massages and extreme foam rolling, and on Tuesday night I ran 6 miles at a very tolerable pain level. It was sore afterwards, but by today, after another couple of days of MY version of PT, it feels completely normal. I didn’t run yesterday, so we will see what it feels like after I run this afternoon.
3. This weekend is supposed to be my 20 miler. I don’t feel like I have run enough lately to tackle 20 in two days. My long runs in reverse order have been 2, 13.1, 14, and 18 with sporadic midweek runs as pain would allow. Here’s where the advice comes in. Should I suck it up and push for 20 and start my taper (even though I don’t even have high weekly mileage to really taper down from)? Or should I shoot for 15 or 16 and go for 20 next week with a two-week taper? Either way, I plan to continue babying the knee by keeping everything slow and on the least hilly routes I can find.