I promise a 2011 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta update is coming, but I haven’t uploaded and edited the photos yet, so this time it’s a triathlon training blog entry. Since the Dirty 6 Mud Run where I jammed my knee a few weeks ago, it’s been a challenge to get out there and run.

The first time I ran (the Wednesday after the race), I ran through the knee pain which was clearly not a bright thing to do. That kept me off running again for almost another week and a half with moderate knee pain and clicking in the joint. Finally got back to it this Monday and was pleased to have a good run with a decent pace (for me). Icing the knee was necessary afterward, but the pain wasn’t as severe as it was the last time I had a run workout.

Ran again today, taking three days off in between to mostly just stretch in the evenings. Ran two miles without stopping once, and it felt awesome! (Normally I do the Jeff Galloway run/walk/run method, but I’ve been wanting to build up and stretch out my run-only mileage). The knee’s still bugging me and needs ice, but it felt so good to run.

I never thought I would hear myself say this, but I really have grown to love running. But this time instead of my typical bullheaded “Just Do It” method of training, I’m forcing myself to take it slow until things get repaired. That means probably only 2 weekday run workouts, of fairly easy pace running. Ice… ice ice ice has become my friend after runs now.

I’ve decided to skip the Oct 30th sprint triathlon in order to work on building more of my fitness base and hoping to run a 2:45 at the PF Chang’s Half-Marathon in January. I think I can do it, but it’s going to depend on how well I can keep my legs uninjured over the next three months.

So to build a base, I’m going to go back to training with a heavy emphasis on swimming and cycling, and take it easy on the running. I’ll add slow, long runs every other weekend.

Meanwhile, it’s “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”