Been AWOL this week, but cor, just catching up on posts and you lot are certainly giving it some welly! Well done to everyone for great progress and lovely runs and chin up to those slogging through the tough ones.
So, hip and top of leg ouchies felt better, but I have had the laziest week in a long, long time, been stuck on my bottom in work meetings for 2 days solid and then resting up a little too much in the lonely hotel evenings, attempting some of Floss's leg roly poly exercises, but truthfully idling about and eating the wrong things. My Fitbit has been disgusted at the lack of activity from me, and honestly, Ive felt sluggish, more shattered and less than my sunny self - just goes to show how much running and exercise affects you in a lovely, positive way...
So, back to my home office today and by lunchtime my running shoes were winking at me and the canal was calling...
Off I went, with the security of Laura set to week 9, run 3. The intention to just have a slow little run, see how my hip and groin would behave. First 10 minutes were pretty good! Felt great to be outdoors, fresh air, mud galore (not so slippy now) and my mind buzzing with lots of random thoughts as always. Pace very slow, trying to just ease back in very gently... The ouchies kicked in, not hip so much, but very top of both thighs / groin area making the run a little uncomfortable and by 25 minutes I was doing more of a limping trot than a run - it was enough running for today for body... But not for mind. I reluctantly slowed and really felt the pull and tightness throughout the early cool down walk back home.
Hours later there's no pain, so am thinking I just need to push through this during the runs, it's nothing to worry about, normal aches and just my muscles trying to catch on that they're now required to work for longer, more regularly - not the start of an injury of anything sinister I doubt. Funny that this only started up after the graduation run though - seems peculiar and also frustrating!
Going for a next run on Sunday, come what may. I want to keep this up and do more after the programme, not less! But ambitious plans to build up speed and distance will have to wait - stretching, other exercise on non-run days and running for no more than 30 mins, 3 times a week is on the cards until these muscles man up and these ouchies go away.
Enjoy the weekend everyone x