After running W6R3 last Sunday, I decided it would be best for me to chill out this week and rest my body before I started W7. I've been experiencing some pain/tightness/discomfort in my upper left inner thigh after my runs lately. I thought maybe I'd pulled a groin muscle, so I've been resting it and stretching it this week. It was feeling pretty good through last night, so I decided to kick off week 7 this morning. The weather in Texas changed recently, so it's about 30 degrees cooler today than yesterday. I felt the tightness in my groin as I was getting ready, but I've not run in nearly a week and I thought I needed to try to tough it out. So, off I went...
Since the weather is quite a bit cooler than it has been during my earlier runs, I wasn't sure how to dress for this one. My wife suggested shorts and a short sleeved shirt would be fine once I started running. So, I set out and immediately wondered whether I should have at least worn a long sleeved shirt. It was brisk during my kick off walk, but I warmed up and was fine by the end of the run.
I'd decided to change my route and to run to my own playlist of songs. I listed to Laura for the 5 minute warm up walk and then switched to my Nike + app and my own playlist for the 25 minute run. As I set off, I felt the stiffness in my groin almost immediately, but it wasn't unbearable and after a while, I didn't even notice it. I enjoyed running to my own songs as I'd found the ones on C25K to be less than inspiring. The Nike + app has a feature that allows you to push the home button on the iPhone to find out how long and far you've run. I waited to push it until I couldn't stand not knowing where I was in my run and found that I'd run for nearly 11 minutes when I first pushed the button. At the half way point, the Nike + lady told me I was half way home. She then came back on at 4 minutes remaining and then every minute thereafter.
I'm happy to say that I finished this run without having to walk a few steps occasionally during the run as I'd done in W6. But, that doesn't mean I was fast or that I looked good running. My pace slowed as the minutes ticked on. But, it "ran" the whole time, even if it wasn't pretty.
I feel good to have completed 25 minutes, though the Nike + app said I'd only run 2.1 miles. I've still got quite a ways to go to be able to run the 3.1 miles of the 5k.
When I completed my warm down walk, I went home, drank some water, and sat on the couch. About 10 minutes later, as I rose to refill my water cup, the tightness in my groin reared its ugly head and I actually found myself limping to the kitchen. I'm not sure if this is a joint issue or a muscle one. It feels pretty good now and I'm not limping, but it hasn't gone away. I'll need to do some internet research to see if I can figure out what's going on. In any case, I'm planning on a day of rest and then embarking on W7R2 in a couple of days.
Good luck to all!