I apologize, I have been a bit quiet lately! I figured I better take a moment to play catchup!
I did take a week or so off, as my knees and IT band were bothering me. I suspect the jumping back into running like I hadn’t ever stopped – wasn’t my smoothest move. Since I don’t want to repeat my annual injury story, I thought some rest and recuperation might be in order!
That brings us back to last week. On the 24th (WEds.) I headed out for a four mile run. I started it out later than usual, and took a route that went along a fairly busy road… And I wasn’t wearing reflective gear. All this lead up to me jumping into the shrubs a few times, just to make sure I didn’t die. (For the record, I am against dying.) The run itself was nice though. I headed out in my five fingers and really enjoyed it. The last mile, I felt the outside of my right hip really tighten up. From my reading – this is the IT Band, but I could be wrong. I took this as a sign that I should probably keep my runs under 3 miles for a while, as my body gets used to it.
I have a fairly nice loop that is around 2.25 miles, which met my goals nicely. No major elevation changes – which could be a problem long-term, but is nice for now. That was my path on the 26th and 27th. Not a great running week over all, as I only put in 8 miles. While that does annoy me, I think that building up my base is important – and really, It was only half a week. I am expecting 10-13 miles this week, but won’t be to upset if I hold back because my body tells me so.
My pace has been pretty good (which may be part of the outer hip stiffness/tightness/pain).
April 24th – 4.2 miles – 37:45 (8:59 mile)
April 26th – 2.3 miles – 19:24 (8:26 mile)
April 27th 2.3 miles, 19:01 (8:16 mile)
All of the runs were just at the pace my body wanted to go. No focusing on going slower or faster. No where near my needed 6:25/mile that I need for my “under 20 5k goal”” – but that is a long-term goal, so that’s fine too!
I am just glad to be out there putting one foot in front of the other!