Last time I posted I mentioned I used KT tape. So far, it’s pretty good. I like it. It held up well overnight. I’m a wild sleeper and move all around the bed. Don’t ask me what I do and no, I don’t want to be videotaped because my luck, I’d see someone standing over me ala Paranormal Activity. Zoiks! Regardless, the KT tape stayed put. I do think it helped with some pain. I might take some to Kili.
According to my training plan, I was supposed to run 4 miles today BUT I was very worried I wouldn’t even be able to run 1 mile. I psyched myself up and went to the gym because the weather outside was pretty windy. If I was going to fail, I didn’t want to do it while being blown away by the wind. Also, I felt it was important to stay as flat as possible since downhill can aggravate popliteal issues. My goal was to get to one mile and judge from there. I eventually made it to three miles with NO pain so I felt that was a good place to stop. I definitely could’ve continued because I felt really good thanks to the SUPER SLOW pace but I didn’t feel the need to push it. One mile short of my training plan seemed like a fair compromise given the nature of my anatomy right now. Afterwards I went and stretched really well. I forgot to say that I also stretched like crrraaazzzzzy before I started to run because my glutes and hamstrings were uber tight. I think this really helped and I can see how, in the past, my lack of stretching has added to this problem. I also decided to do a better job of icing down. In the past I used to take ice baths and those work so well but it takes a LOT o’ courage to shimmy down into a tub full of glacial water. So instead, I’m just wrapping bags of frozen peas around my knee. Oh…and I’m gulping NSAIDs. Yah!
I got a lot of Kili loot today! A new headlamp, a Steripen, a small leatherman to replace my gigantic one that is M.I.A., some compression sacks, etc. Oh yeah..REI FINALLY gave up the dividend and I got a water proof compression sack for my sleeping bag. From all that I’ve read, it can rain a lot on Kili and frankly, I don’t want to risk a wet sleeping bag. I also ordered my Sea to Summit Extreme Liner for my bag. I might try it out when I backpack in Catawba. We shall see.
That’s it for today. Gotta go practice my Swahili.