What I am really trying to suggest is that I got revenge upon a run that I did last August....THAT run that figuratively (even though it sure felt like it!) hammered a hot poker through the center of my knee cap and dashed all hopes of running my first stand alone marathon last Fall.
I returned to what I call "The Scene of the Crime" where I was 3/4 of a mile from my car and could barely walk because the pain in my left knee cap was burning so bad during that ill fated run. This was in Rockefeller State Park, an awesome place to run with roughly 27 miles of running trails. This is the last place you want to get injured!
I ran 10.62 miles that day. I remember it was 1000% humid and my legs felt pretty good, but my knee kept getting crankier and crankier and crankier then suddely BAM! It's like someone planted a container of napalm under my knee cap and LIT.IT.UP! Ouch.....
Since then I have ran there once, but it was an off season run for enjoyment trying not to get lost in the maze of trails.
See, Rockefeller has lots of ups and downs. I wound up with 13 miles flat, but NOT on flat terrain, considering it was almost 1500 feet of elevation. Woah!
I didn't realize it was that much elevation, and I surely didn't remember that last long hill from miles 9 to 11.
Even though it wasn't my fastest long run to date, I think it was one of the most rewarding long runs because it was so hard fought to get. Holding an 8:05 pace average over such variable terrain is only increasing my confidence in my run ability, and is very very welcome, especially what that run in August, over the same terrain, did to my confidence when I got injured so bad.
I think this run closed a chapter on that knee injury.
I then rewarded myself (and my friends), with a waffle EXPLOSION!!!