Over the past couple of weeks (would have been sooner had the ^#^($@! weather cooperated) I've been making plans to start running again.
In case you didn't know, I suffered a catastrophic hip injury during a half marathon in 2010, the result of 40-mile weeks and slack resistance training. I finished that race, dammit, but it got me in return.
Since then, I've not been able to run more than 6 or so miles without pain, and no more than 8 miles without debilitating pain. I finally had to give up the idea of running as my main form of cardio, at least until my body had healed and rebuilt itself, until my hip was able to take back its job from my left IT band and knees.
I've been a-workin' on it, slowly but surely. Sure, I do races, but to run 3-4x a week? It's not been a go for a long, long time.
However, with my good buddies Foam Roller, Stick and Strap, I've done two 3-mile days in a row without pain. (Hey, know what? You gotta start somewhere.) Running feels good, I am careful to warm up, MYRTL, cool down, and visit with my good buddies.
No cramps, no(t much) tendonitis, no crunchy knees, and most of all - no hip pain!
So, my ultimate goal is a 10K this spring, and a half this summer/fall. SLOW AND STEADY THOUGH.
How about you!???