Ok - I'll come right out and say it. I skipped my Tuesday run. It was totally justified, though. I woke up yesterday morning with the oddest pain under both of my kneecaps. It was almost impossible to walk down the stairs (not good for a mom in a 2 story house). It was bad even just walking along a flat floor.
So, I made the executive decision to skip my workout. And I'm glad I did. Today? The knee pain is gone. Not even a glimmer of discomfort.
All I did was rest. I should have put ice on it, but when you live in the arctic (not really) the thought of dropping an icepack on your knee in March can be a bit much to fathom. Why would you inflict cold on yourself in the comfort of your own home? Twisted thinking, I know...but the rest seems to have done it just fine for me.
As for what caused the pain in the first place - I have no clue, though I do have a theory. On Sunday, following my 5K on the 'mill, I went straight to my strength training and lazy me didn't want to change shoes for it - I wore my runners. I know running shoes are not meant for anything but running (or walking, I suppose) yet I forced mine to support me through some strength training and I suspect the pain was my body's way of telling me off. I won't make the same mistake twice.
Tonight? I will attempt some easy hills. Momma's gotta stay motivated :)