Now that I was discharged from Airrosti, and I'm getting stronger at PT, I've been trying to keep a schedule that allows me to run twice a week. I'm still running below 2 miles at a time, but aside from some discomfort now and then, I can generally run twice a week. My PT therapist said it might feel like the rust is coming off at times when I'm running (hence the occasional discomfort), but I need to keep up a consistent running schedule.
Right now I'm running once on the weekends and then once during the week. Normally PT is on Wednesdays so at the moment I'm trying to have a Saturday/Tuesday schedule with PT and strength training thrown in on other days. I might even bike once a week to have a third day of cardio. I was told at Airrosti that building mileage would take time and I need to be smart about what I'm running. Isn't that the truth. I've done 1.5 miles consistently, and the day I was ready to push the distance just a little bit more, I got enough discomfort in my knee that I stopped at 1.5. Oy!
I will state flat out patience is not a virtue I possess. At all. I've always been rushing to do things (quickly!) so this slow building goes against every fiber of my being. The only thing I can do is not schedule a race until I know I'm absolutely ready to run that distance. That means running that distance consistently for a couple weeks before looking at the running event calendar for my town and towns near me. That mostly likely means the Santa Claws and Paws 5k is off the table :( But it's for the best (try telling my pride that).