Two years to the day since I graduated, I just ran W1R1 again. I've not run since 11 July due to a hip flexor strain - who knew a muscle could get so damaged - I haven't even been able to walk briskly throughout the summer and had to resort to expensive sports physio to get it right again. The run this morning felt really good. I can just about feel in my left thigh where my injury has been, but I wouldn’t say anything I did today aggravated it. I went super slow and cautious because I was terrified I might end up at square one again, but I think it’s all ok. I found the runs easy (which just goes to show how my residual fitness has improved over the two years - after my first run in June 2014 I thought I was going to expire!) and felt I could have done a lot more, but I am going to behave and see how my post running break body copes.
I set Gloria Garmin off after her almost 3 month break (incidentally she still had two bars of battery life despite not having been turned on since July!), but she wasn’t as keen to get back out there as I was and it took her until my 5th run to lock on to a satellite, so my stats are meaningless. But that’s all ok - I refuse to get hung up on speed - speed is my enemy - every time I got a bit cocky and tried to increase my speed with faster intervals I got injured or ill. The summer with no running has taught me that exercise/running is so important to my mental and physical wellbeing that I shall no longer get hung up on what Gloria says, and I'm not going to feel inadequate when I look at the speeds the good folk on this forum are clocking up, I'm just happy to be out there moving my legs again.
I could’ve done with a pair of gloves this morning – I’ve just realised it’s autumn – oops!
I got home, stretched and foam rollered in the hope that my leg will be kind to me.