2011 has thrown it’s first challenge my way. Last week I successfully completed week 1 of the Couch to 10k training. Before you go throwing confetti in the air to rain down on me, let me tell you what I completed:
- warm up- walk for 5 minutes
- Run for 30 seconds
- Walk for 4 minutes and 30 seconds
- Repeat 8 times
The exercise itself was a breeze, after all, it was essentially walking (I did speed walk though ;)). The one thing that did take getting used to was the extra time commitment. Yes, it was only 15 more minutes that I was used to, but it seemed a lot longer. It think it will be a good thing to get used to a longer workout… especially if it can make hour long yoga classes not feel sooooo long.
…I don’t know how people go to classes that last 1.5 hours… kudos to you, but I’m staring at the clock after only 30 minutes.
The challenge I speak of is not the extra 15 minutes, but rather the fact that I have somehow tweaked my knee. I can’t figure out what I did or why it’s hurting, but here’s the deal:
The pain is located in my left knee, just below the knee cap. It begins to hurt(throb) when I keep my knee bent and the pain is relieved when I straighten my leg.
It mostly hurts near the Patellar tendon.
It actually feel eerily similar to the pain I had growing up when I had Osgood-Schlatter Disease in my knee. When I was younger, I did strengthening exercises for my knee and it helped, so I’m considering beginning those exercises again to see if they help.
In the meantime, I’m going to stick to walking for a week or so. Yesterday I did a 4 mile walk in just under 1 hour, and plan to do that 3-4 days this week.
Have you ever experienced a pain like this one? Any suggestions?