Thursday, January 24, 2013
Today is Thursday, a work at home day and previously a day to run at lunch. The sore hip of the past week has cast doubt on running at all, but this morning I could not feel the hip at all while doing light jogging up and down my hallway. I could feel it while doing Turkish getup/windmill combos, but it let me complete them with a 45 lb. kettlebell.
It was 9° F when I got up, and all the way up to 12° F when I went out before starting to work. There was a coating of lake effect snow from overnight, and I didn't really have time to run before working, so I walked and looked at road conditions. The shoulders were snow covered. The side roads were OK for walking, not good for running. If all my body parts were healthy, it would be a no-brainer to run a standard 4.65 mile route around the section to the west.
However, I wasn't so sure that the hip wouldn't require me to slow to a walk in the middle of a run. I didn't want that to happen more than a mile from home in these temperatures, so I deferred the decision. Come lunch time, my thermometer reported a balmy 17° F. I went out and shoveled a half inch of fluffy snow off the driveway, then dressed for running. The plan was the section to the east, which is only about 3.5 miles.
Aside from snow covered shoulders, the first part was uneventful. I did most of my running in the traffic lane, and most of the traffic gave me plenty of room. When I got about 2/3 done, I was into heavier oncoming traffic on a road with less melting on the shoulder. I ran on the side roads the rest of the way, accepting a slightly slower pace because of the worse footing. It felt so good that I added a slight detour, partly because the detour was my best guess of the least bad footing on the side roads.
The run came out to 3.71 miles in 26:23, for an average pace of 7:08 per mile. The mile splits were 6:54, 6:57, and 7:16, an acceptable slowing for the road conditions. The sore hip did not complain at all. :)
Came in, stretched, continued with the day. Inventory of body parts: The sore thigh from a while back is now 100%. I could not feel any difference between the left and right thighs while stretching. The sore hip is not quite 100%, but I have to do a stretch to tell. It djdn't complain about running.
The bad foot remains annoyed. It hasn't been happy with the cold weather, or perhaps it's unhappy with the combination of cold weather and how briskly I walk in response to the cold. I've learned to wear my warmer walking shoes that aren't that good for running to walk in this weather, and that helps some. But the foot is a known quantity. I can adjust for how it's feeling, and it won't keep me from running.
I think I will notice that the bad foot is 100% some time after it gets better, just like with the sore thigh. For now, it's an issue I can work around.
Tomorrow it's supposed to get up to 20°F here. After the past three days, that will feel positively balmy. Too bad it will also probably bring more snow. But since tomorrow is a non-running day, I can wait till Saturday to figure out how I deal with whatever snow tomorrow brings.