smhall and myself went for our very first grad week run last night! Such a lovely evening, we had a rain shower earlier and the clouds looked like the possibility of more rain. After reading all the positive postings about running in the rain, we were excited and in high hopes of experiencing it, making grad week even more special. We set out for our run and all was going well. Doing our usual run of my plodding along and Steve running ahead of me and then backtracking back to me to offer encouragement along the way. True, he is my own personal Laura. I was never so happy to hear we were at the halfway mark, if I make half, my little mind tells me the second half is always better then the first half...we continued to run, Steve ran back and said only 10 more minutes! What the heck! My brain is starting to be warped! I actually said to self, ONLY 10 MORE MINUTES! I remember when 1 minute was an eternity! Off we ran and ran and ran...6 minutes left to the run I developed a kink/pain in my knee. 4 minutes left of the run, I had serious doubts if I could finish. Looking like an injured kangaroo, I was determined to not stop. I finished the run but just barely. Other then the knee, this run was better then the W8R3 horrible run I posted about. I am so happy I gave myself the mental butt kick to adjust my attitude and all of your words of encouragement and support this past week after W8R3. Otherwise I would be down in the dumps today but I'm not. This is Grad week and I am going to savor every single painful moment as well as all the good ones! Today, I have some swelling and it is making popping and cracking sounds. I also have a pain that developed after the run up in my hip joint. I self treat from the internet and it sounds like its fairly common. I wrapped it with an ace bandage and will go purchase a proper support for tomorrows run. If anyone has suggestions or advice on the knee, any input will be appreciated. It never did rain. As a side-note, we went to a local celebration here in Kansas, our version of Octoberfest. We had a fair amount of beer the night before and I'm positive we did not drink enough water the day of the run. Wondering if maybe I was a bit dehydrated and that caused some of the problem? Thank you as always for every single bit of encouragement and advice all of you offer, I would not still be here if it wasn't for all of you! Aching bones and all...
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