ORN: 14.6 miles, R2/W1
Today was supposed to be a day of confirmation. It was but not the way I expected it to be.
The plan was to do a 22 mile run today, the final check up to clear the way for registering for the HUFF 50K trail race three weeks from Saturday. I was really looking forward to this event...I've run the trails there twice and wanted to finish my first bona-fide ultra.
Yet, in the back of my mind, I had to re-test my knee after the issues it showed me at Portland and then again two weeks after that. So, I had not registered for the HUFF, figuring I would do the run today and then sign up.
All was well until the 14.5 mile mark. In a hurry, my LEFT knee gave me a bunch of twinges, the very same pain I felt in my right knee at Portland and then again later. Whoa, where did that come from?? I took a walk break, tried again, and, yep, that same hard-to-describe knee pain. I decided to shut it down.
My wife, a very insightful woman, had asked me to stick my cell phone in my fuel belt before I took off today. "You remember you got stuck a long way from home last time you did this long a run." Today was the first time I have EVER run with a cell phone. And I needed it. The knee let loose at the far point of the route. I called, she drove...thanks, hon.
So, what now? I've seen pain both knees now. I think it is best I forget the HUFF. Maybe next year. There is a spring marathon lurking...I think I scale back and ramp up for it. Lots of work I can do this winter on core strength too.
On Thanksgiving week, I have much to be thankful for. Doing or not doing races is not the central thing. Good health is and boy, have I been blessed on that count. This will all be fine.