Thursday, May 14, 2009

My Knees Are...

A) Older than the hills

B) Killing me

C) A biomechanical nightmare

D) All of the above

If you chose "D", you would be correct! As if recoverying from torn meniscus in EACH knee was not enough, now my left knee has what appears to be a medial collateral ligament strain, AND, my right knee is exhibiting some symptoms of runner's knee. I ran a total of 5 miles last week and they hurt again.

I have a theory.

I've been working out extensively on an elliptical trainer. I suspect the elliptical motions may have overdeveloped certain muscles and when I began running again, they stressed my knee ligaments in new ways.

I'll be backing off on things for a little while (yet again). Maybe I'll just swim for a little while. Perhaps do some cycling. And then I'll try running again (without the elliptical). Eventually I'll run again.

C-Ya (in a few weeks)

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Haiku Time Again!

gray above, gray below

spring rain falls on Fresh Pond

a run unfolds

It's been a long time coming. I can't remember the last time I went out for a run. For the past month or so, it seems, it's been a 1/2 mile at a time on a treadmill, in between elliptical training and stair climbing or rowing. All indoors. In the gym. But today...

I went OUT for a run. It was one mile, then a little walking, then another half mile.

It felt so good to run outside (at Fresh Pond of course). Cool with a few sprinkles. Gray skies above, Fresh Pond itself steel gray. And in between, Spring is just exploding here in Boston. Cherry trees are blossoming. Trees are showing more green. Flowers everywhere.

And I went out for a run.

[Gee, I almost feel blessed.]