After two solid days of running, I decided today would be an off day even though the weather was beautiful out. Instead, I recovered from the 20+ miles in the previous two days with a nice fast walk for about 45 minutes. I always feel like I have accomplished something even from a simple walk. I felt great after and was not bothered by taking a day off from running.
Tonight, I decided to do a little extra on the day off and get in some low impact cross training. I used the step machine I got and went a little slower than the last time. I varied the position of my foot a few times and got a decent leg workout in for 30 minutes. I will say, in retrospect, I need to warm up a little bit before I hit the stepper. The knee was a little sore for the first 2-3 minutes and I was contemplating stopping if it didn't get better. However, I am happy to say the pain subsided and I was good for the final 27 minutes and after.