Week 4, Day 2
I turned left at the trail this time and ran through Woodland Park, where I got to dodge a few sprinklers and face down a defiant goose. My right knee was extremely sore and stiff, but I pushed through it anyway; the result was my first ten-minutes-per-mile pace (actually 9:59).
That’s a disappointment wrapped in a small victory, but what’s most discouraging is the persistent ligament pain. I continue to wonder if I’ll be able to keep going, and whether I even want to.
Week 4, Day 3
Another time through Woodland. This time I surprised a spotted whitetail fawn as I rounded the south end of the pond; her mother was nearby in the rose garden, and didn’t seem terribly urgent about running away.
Discomfort is easing a bit, but it’s still a struggle, and I wound up with a slightly better run at 9:39 per mile.
One drawback I’ve noticed about my choice of routes is that both of them start by going downhill — which means going uphill in the home stretch! I’m sure some uphill work is good training in general, and the race I have in mind goes up those very same hills, but it sure can be a slog!