I took a break from running last week. It wasn't that I wanted to, but that my body was telling me I had to or else.
When I headed up for Easter, my left knee was really bothering me. I was hoping the rest would do it good, and it did, although climbing the stairs at my parents bothered it a bit. I decided I needed to take at minimum a week off.
What was frustrating was Monday and Tuesday, my knees felt fine, but my legs were bugging me. But on Wednesday, my knees started bugging me again. And I was even having trouble with them sitting at home.
I did nothing over the weekend, mainly because I could and was feeling very lazy. I also found I was feeling much better all day yesterday.
When I got home, it was still upper 70's, so it was too good a day not to run. I figured I'd go and see how I felt. I'd turn around at any point along the way. But I made my goal of 3 miles.
Of course, I felt horrid when I was done. Dinner hadn't settled, so that was part of the problem. And I hadn't slept well the night before, so I was tired. But after a good night sleep, I'm feeling better today. My legs are back to sore, but it feels like I've been running on them, which is a good kind of sore.
I'm planning another easy run this week, and then I'll get back to the harder training next week, although I'll probably build up again a little to get back to 8 miles. Hopefully, I'm doing better and not seriously injured, but we'll see.