Well I iced last night and my knee felt a little better this morning. I didn't stand so much today, so at the end of the day I decided to try today's scheduled five-miler, prepared to go as slow as necessary so as not to overdue it.
The first mile and a half or two miles were painful, and I had to modify my stride to avoid the sharp pain that shot through my knee. However, as I eased into a rhythm, by the end of the run, I actually felt better than I did yesterday. I think the running actually helped.
I am going to ice again tonight. And tomorrow is another rest day, with a 12-miler on Sunday. (Although I still don't have a baby-sitter for that run...) I feel pretty confident that I'll be okay. (Still going to be cautious, of course.)
So now I'm wondering if I should have tried to run a little yesterday. Perhaps that's what I needed all along, to loosen things up. Well, taking a rest day isn't going to hurt anything. So now I just need to find a babysitter for Sunday!