Friday evening I did a 1.6 mile swim at Barton Springs, early Saturday I did the 56-mile Austin 70.3 bike course and this evening I set out to run at least 8-miles, my longest run of the year. Never happened.
Although I have two more Sprints this year, Couples with anetmarie in July and Jack's Generic in August, my mind has already decided I'm training for the 70.3 in October. The only thing is, I don't think my body is going to cooperate. Before tonights long run I figured I'd try something different. Instead of the normal Ibruprofen, I took nothing. I did though measure the circumference of my right knee, right under the kneecap, 15 3/4 inches.
I ran down S 5th, round by Jack and Adams, on to the trail, heading along the trail I pushed hard to beat the Zilker train, and did, I stopped underneath MoPac bridge and refilled my water bottle; going over the footbridge I took a non-cafffeine Powergel but when I got to the other side, instead of heading back along the trail to the MoPac bridge, I jogged up Lee Barton Rd back to Jack and Adams and home. When I got home, I'd clocked just over 7-miles. My right leg hurt, the knee cap felt numb, and down the outside right it felt weird, just like it used to. That was when I started taking Ibruprofen before my long runs, and during the 10k at Olympic triathlons.
When I got home, I re-measured my knee, now 16 1/2inches. I had swollen by 3/4 of an inch. Whats a boy to do? I just don't know. I'd like to go see a specialist, but am scared they'll tell me to stop running, or it needs surgery. I just can't do surgery again. And stopping running isn't an option.