I did go ahead with my plan to run loops at the park. I wanted to get to the park in time to say hello to my Houston Fit friends, but didn't quite make it. I ended up doing 3 loops around the park and I did much better than expected. The knee did hurt, but it wasn't unbearable and much to my surprise, it did not get any worse. It actually hurt more when I took my walk breaks than when I was running...you would think that would have been my incentive to not walk at all, but of course I walked anyway.
I misplaced my 5/1 watch, so I just took a quick walk break every 3/4 - 1 mile. I'll admit, my walk breaks did get a little longer on my 3rd loop. But, I finished. On the way home, I used my still frozen gatorade to ice the knee a little and iced again in the evening.
I also saw some of the regular season Houston Fit folks doing their 3-miler. It's the 2nd official week of training for those training for the Houston Marathon and I am sure some of those folks are probably training for their 1st marathon. Hard to believe that I was doing that same 3-miler with Houston Fit for the 1st time four years ago. All that nervousness about whether or not I could actually run a marathon. All that anxiousness about how, each week, I would be running more miles than I had ever run before. :-)
I planned to take it easy for the rest of the day, so the kiddo and I went to the Angelika for the 3rd week in a row for the "Cry-Baby Matinee". (I used to be a movie junkie, but that was before I became a Mommy....which is a title I adore much more!) We saw "The Devil Wears Prada" and the kiddo decided she wanted to go up and down the stairs about 5 times, (which is perfectly acceptable at the Cry-Baby Matinee) - so much for resting the knee! Overall, the flick was pretty good. Never as good as the book of course, but still entertaining. Today the knee has not bothered me at all. I don't understand it one bit...pain is here one day, gone the next...not complaining, just a little baffled. Oh well, hopefully that's an indication of a great week of running ahead.
Run long and Livestrong!