Yesterday I had very high hopes for being able to actually "run" on a flat gravel path. I didn't have a ton of time so I was planning on a quick four miles. When I started off, I was elated at how effortless it felt. I was singing praises to the powers that be, I was running. At about three miles, there it came. UGH! That damn pain on the outside of my knee. I shortened my stride and really tried to transfer my weight evenly from foot to foot and was able to complete my four miles. So, it's not a lot better at this point. I will say though, the three miles with no pain sure felt good! Man, I love running. I do, I do, I do!! While some people look for any excuse NOT to run, I pray every night that tomorrow I CAN run. :(
I came home and did some strength training on my Wii Fit. It is shocking how weak my left leg (with the IT issue) is compared to my right. I can NOT finish 15 lunges on the balance board if I do them correctly. The balance board measures, well, your balance. It expects you to do the exercise correctly which means when you are doing a lunge, the front leg has to be applying a certain amount of pressure on the board. What I have been doing is using my back leg (when my left leg is forward) to execute the lunge which is WRONG and does nothing for the front leg. Hence, the weak left leg. I mean it's extremely weaker than my right leg.
I will continue to torture (foam roll) it and work on the Wii Fit. Hopefully Christy and I will go for a bike ride tomorrow. We are going for a short run on Saturday morning at which time I will put on a brace and just take it easy.