Do you ever have one of those mornings where you wake up feeling like this:
or maybe like this:
I did this morning! I had a great night’s sleep last night. For the first time in quite awhile I woke up feeling really awake. When I got out of bed to take the dog out, I realized my knee feels great. I’ve had a lot of residual achy feelings in my knee since the cortisone shot and as the pressure in my knee lessened up my actual IT band got super tight. I’ve spent the last week pretty worried that after two weeks I’d be back at the orthopedist.
Last night, I went to the gym for the first time since January 3oth! I did a whopping 17 minutes and 30 seconds on the recumbent bike. I pedaled in super slow mo, making sure I didn’t push it and irritate my knee. I hardly broke a sweat, which for once is something to be proud of. I think I burned less than 50 calories but I know it was good to get my knee moving again.
Thankfully, my gym buddy Susannah was there to stretch with me for awhile after I was done (she just rocked a nice 5 miles on the treadmill). I’m amazed at how much the stretching and strengthening has helped. Especially this move:
To be sure I don’t push my limits too fast and re-upset the IT band, I’ve decided to volunteer at Love the Run. I knew if I didn’t stay involved in the race in some way, I’d wake up Sunday and decide to run on a whim since I can see the starting line from my bedroom. So if you’re running, I’ll be at packet pick up at the Pacers on Pentagon Row on Saturday from 4-6 pm and at the bag drop on Sunday morning. Come by and say hi or look for me at the finish line cheering for the boyfriend!
The official countdown has started – 7 more days until running resumes!