Thursday, December 21, 2006

Running mind game

The soonest I can get into P.T. is January 8th. Frustrating reality as a cog in the massive wheel of the bureacratic machine known to the world as the dreaded HMO.

My wife is a speech therapist and has good references for physical therapists in her hospital system. I had an appointment all lined up for yesterday.

I subsequently was forced to cancel said appointment due to my insurance carrier forcing me into a larger healthcare system. Drat. And larger healthcare system apparently requires 3 week lead time for appt's!

I realize that my condition is not exactly life threatening. I need to keep things in perspective. But when it comes to strecthing and healing this running ailment, I need to be to told what to do. It's an interesting predictament for me. I am so damn independent in all other facets of my life. Not when I need to massage and stretch my pain away!

Tuesday, I went out for a 4-miler. The pain set in on the last mile. I ran high 7's pace. I feel no pain at all after I am done.

Yesterday, I rested.

This morning, I went out for an easy 4-miler again. Nothing special. Tenderness set in again. That slow, steady faint aching that gradually afflicts the left knee. It's a mind game nowadays. "It's all in your head," I tell myself. "How tough are you?" is a follow up question. 4 miles around the 8 min pace mark.

These runs are easy enough to get through. But what happens when I try to go another 13 like 11 days ago?? I am trying to stretch before and after, but I know I am not doing enough.

13 miles WTD - with hopes of a 5 recovery tomorrow and at least 8 on Sat.

Countdown to Boston Marathon - 115 days


Firefly's Running said...

Hang in there, Ryan. You can do it!

Bob said...

Knees can be troublesome things. But take heart they can clear up as fast as they start. I need to look back through your blog to see when this all started.

A shoe switch caused my last knee pain, then I found "my" shoe no pain since. Good luck and be as careful with it as you can.

yumke said...

Oh, the countdown has started! Good luck with getting back on the road. In the meantime, happy holidays!