Overall, my first week back at high mileage after 3 weeks of rest was a good running week. I ended this week with a total of 32 miles. My goal (although somewhat unrealistic) was 39 miles. I am having trouble with my knee!
Today, Lynn and I had a great run. It started out pretty cold at 6 AM, so I wore tights, pants, gloves, and four shirts! It was so nice to be outside running with my dear friend Lynn. I also enjoyed running with Leanna earlier this week. Four weeks is a long time to not run with my friends. Both Leanna and Lynn are being very patient with me as I rebuild my mileage and struggle with my knee. In fact today, Lynn and I had the slowest average pace that we have ever had on a long run. Our scheduled mileage for today was 18. I set my watch to beep--five minutes running, one minute walking. I wasn't sure how long my knee would hold up. My plan was to run as far as I could. I made it almost 15 miles before my knee began to hurt. I walked the last mile to the van to get in a total of 16 miles this morning! Hooray! Lynn went ahead and finished all the way to 18 miles.
I am planning another 18 mile run next Friday. I hope to make it the entire way.