Seemed like I was taking it nice and easy. Careful. Slow build up. No speed. That week I got sick I laid off and the next week repeated the previous week's plan instead of jumping into it where I would have been Smart, right? Sort of hoped I was putting some of the lessons I've learned into action.
It's been a decent winter so far. Just a couple of snows and regular thaws. The coldest weather didn't have much snow to go with it. February has been snowier, but not as cold.
Two weeks ago, I started feeling some discomfort on the back side of my knee after sitting at my desk. It went away after walking a few steps, and didn't bother me when running. And it was getting better. That was a 5 mile per day week.
Donated blood last Monday. Being smart again (so I thought), in addition to taking Monday off, I decided to stay at 5 miles instead of bumping up to six until Saturday. And it snowed on Monday, another good reason for an extra day off.
So Tuesday and Wednesday I ran 5 miles each, on the expected variable footing of sidewalks in suburbia after a snowfall. Most of it fine, some of it with a little and some a lot of snow. Some of that snow with some amount of foot tracks. Normal winter running.
After Wednesday's run there was some pain on the inside of my left knee added to the back of the knee thing (that was still getting better). Hurt so much that I took Thursday off. Big snow on Friday, which would have been fun to run a few miles through, but the knee still hurt, so I stayed in. Still snowing today on top of the 7 inches we got yesterday. Two runs this week.
I've never thought of myself as a particularly fragile runner. I stopped playing basketball when I was 45 because I began to notice a pattern of injury that interfered with my running. That kept me injury free for a good while. One of the things I've tried to learn about training for marathons is where the line between conditioning and injury lies. It's a fuzzy and moving line, making it tough to know when to push and when to back off.
This doesn't seem like a serious or long term problem. I'm hoping the days off I'm taking for the snow will take care of it. My guess is that the poor footing over the assorted areas with snow, loose and uneven with varying amounts of footprints and the like, added stress to the mileage increase I've been doing since the new year. Try again on Monday.