Knee recovery and getting my ass kicked

The recovery from the knee injury I had during the Chicago Marathon is continuing along.  I honestly have no idea how good or bad it’s doing, since I’m not supposed to run on it, but I can say I’ve only had minor soreness along the way.  Not being able to run is driving me crazy, but at this point I only have to stay off of it for one more week.  Thank God for that as the elliptical is boring as all get out.

A friend asked me if I’m afraid to start running again for fear of injuring my knee again.  I hadn’t really given it much thought prior to the question being asked, but I guess I am a little bit.  I still don’t have any clarity at all as to why this happened when it did, and because of that, I don’t know what to do to prevent it from happening again.  That’s a bit scary.

In the mean time, I’ve taken the time I’ve had to begin to improve other areas of my fitness.  I started working a strength trainer over the weekend, and he’s pretty much kicking my ass.  I think I believed that because I had trained hard enough to run 26+ miles that I must be fairly strong, but strength training is showing me just how much attention some areas of my body need.  I’m sore in places I never expected to be, but it’s the good kind of sore.  I’m going to continue the strength work twice a week for the next few months and see what kind of improvements I can make.

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