Well, just when I thought I was getting my running groove back... BAM. My hip has started acting up. Not the hip I injured last fall - my other hip. Ugh. And I'm less than 4 weeks out from the first of 2 half marathons I'm signed up for.
The good news is - it's not nearly as bad as my right hip was. At least not yet. And I know the best thing to do would be to immediately stop running to let my strained hip flexor heal. But let's be serious. I'm a runner. And runner's are nothing if not determined (and stubborn).
It started with a tightness in my hip and I knew what was coming next. A soreness all the way around my hip, from front to back. I had an 11-miler on the training schedule this past Saturday. So I spent all day icing on Friday - 20 minutes every 2 hours. It felt ok when I got up on Saturday, so I wrapped it in Icy Hot and headed out the door.
The first couple miles were iffy - the soreness was definitely there. But unlike my hip injury this past fall, I didn't have sharp pain each time my foot hit the ground. So I kept at it.
Once I got warmed up, I hit my stride and felt pretty comfortable. It was a little slower than the previous Saturday's 10-miler, but overall, it was a pretty solid run - 2 seconds per mile faster than my best half marathon pace!
I probably should've bought a bag of ice and taken an ice bath afterward...but at least I used an ice pack! And despite the soreness, I didn't feel overly fatigued after my run, which is a great sign for my upcoming race.
Typically I go out for a "shake out" run the day after my long run, but yesterday, I made the responsible decision not to run. Instead, I focused on low-impact, strengthening exercises and walking with the kiddos.
This is my last week of increasing mileage before I start tapering - yippee!! I have a 12-miler on the schedule for Saturday morning, and then I will throw an 8th birthday party at my house later in the afternoon, because #MOM. 😆