I did it!
I ran today, after more than a week off. My knee/leg did not feel 100% but I figured I could always stop if I needed to. I started out with a longer-than-usual warm up walk. When I did start running, it felt awkward at first. I felt stiff and hesitant about putting weight on my knee. Once I got into the flow of it, I felt good.
I decided to give one of our local parks a try. They have lots of walkways and trails. I kept to the trails as much as possible since it feels better on my joints. I felt like a kid in a candy store! There were a few different trails to choose from and it was hard to stick to the shorter trails. The routes I chose were pretty flat, with only a few small hills.
Speaking of Hills...
I used to dread hills. I avoided them as much as possible. Now for some strange reason I like running up hills. OK, I'm not talking about huge, steep hills... yet... but I do like the way my legs feel when I run up a manageable hill. I don't like going downhill, though, because of my knee.
My husband and kids went with me to the park when I did my run. They played, explored the "woods", and kicked the soccer ball around. We got the kids to burn off some energy, my husband got to spend quality time with the boys, and I got to run. A win-win-win situation.
Speaking of Family Fun...
My boys (ages 4 and 6) have decided they want to run in the Jr. Carlsbad, which is the kids' version of the Carlsbad 5000. The kids do their races on Saturday, while the main races are on Sunday. It seems like a fun day for everyone. They are SO excited because every kid who runs gets a medal (my 6 year old wants this), a Goodie-bag (my 4 year old wants this), and a T-shirt (Mommy wants this).
The only problem is, I'm supposed to do a 16-mile group run that Saturday. I think I'm going to have to do the run on that Friday on my own so that I can see my boys run. I can't miss that!