Sunday, September 18, 2011
.. ok, actually steaming. Running buddy and I did 18 yesterday, and it rained for the first 10. Also, Fall arrived with a bang! We went from a high of 90 on Thursday, to a high of 60 on Friday! Saturday morning was in the 50s, with that lovely rain. So when we took a break to fuel up, we noticed we were both literally steaming all over! On the plus side, it felt so great to run in the cooler temps, and I got to try out my new arm warmers (they came off around mile 11).
I chose the route I did 18 on a few weeks back. It's a really nice route, nearly all greenways, and I switched two of the legs so that we ran past the mall on the last 3rd of the run, giving us a chance to fill up our bottles, if needed. Usually, the 4 bottles on my belt will last me about 2/3s of the run, and then I can suck those same bottles dry again on that last 3rd. I didn't even empty them all the first time, due to the cooler temps. 60s, I have missed you so!
I've also missed running quite a bit! My weekday runs have slacked off a little bit, as Hub and I have adjusted to his new schedule. I'm thinking about sticking with my group runs of 5-6 miles in the evenings, but throwing in another 2-3 after dropping off the boy at school in the mornings. As for the weekend runs, 2 weeks I substituted a bike ride for my LSD, and last weekend, a family emergency put my run on hold. So, it felt great to get back out and totally nail a long run!
The bike ride, I threw in because I thought my hips or something had gotten out of alignment again, and I figured I should avoid the added impact. Turned out, everything's in the right place, but I seem to have strained my hamstrings a bit. Right up in there, where they connect to the hips. Man!
My PT's words were "respect the injury". She knows what I'm training for, and knows that flat-out stopping probably isn't an option, but I do need to be a little kinder to my hammies. The plan:
*take it easy on the hammie-strengthening exercises on my non-running days.
*stretch cautiously, and massage those puppies to keep them loose.
*sitting on something soft while I'm working
*ice baths after a run.
I actually tried the ice bath for the first time after yesterday's run, and THEY SUCK. But it felt pretty good after, and I know it's for the best. Sipping on hot tea *while* I sat in the ice bath helped a bit.
Just over 1 month to go, then I can sit on my ass for a few weeks and let those babies heal properly. Send happy healing thoughts!