During all that – I kept telling myself to find that ‘line’ of how far to push it – the race was important, running to the finish was important – but neither was important enough to cause long-lasting injury to myself.
Went for a massage at a friend that lived near the race on Saturday afternoon and she gently massaged it. It hurt Saturday night, but not bad. By Sunday, I couldn’t feel it at all when I walked, and only slightly when going steps. Monday, another massage and she said it is probably a stressed ligament and it needs time to heal. No running for a few days and when I run again – only run to the point of pain.
So the last few days I only walked and today I braved running again after warming up by walking for 3/4 mile. I’m thrilled that I could run 1 3/4 mile before I felt any pain behind my knee – yippee! That was much longer than I thought I would be able to. And since I don’t like the treadmill, it was way to long for that 🙂 Hopefully the weather will warm up soon, so I can enjoy some runs outdoors again.