Saturday, June 11, 2011

10 Miles with CARA

Day began at 4:12 a.m.  I know that seems early, even for meeting up with runners at six o’clock.  But I like to have some time before my runs to eat, get the dogs out for a walk, etc.  I left the house at 5:35 and got to the meet-up site at about ten till.  My first ever training run with CARA went pretty well.  I was hoping to go along at a bit faster pace, but it seems they were a lead pacer short today.  Anyway, got in a decent 10-miler and met some new people which was part of the reason for joining the club.  The other reason was motivation to get my runs done early on the weekends – which will be helpful when it gets hotter, and when the rest of the family wants to go do something instead of waiting around for me to finish my run. 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Time to Run?

Well after over two months of on-again, off-again pain in my hip I realized I should probably have simply listened to the doctor at the start and just sacrificed 6 weeks of running rather than completely blowing over 2 months of time and risking continued pain into my next training program.  Unfortunately, I was not in a mental state at the time to just stop and rest.  So I will credit the doctor with being right all along, I was wrong to keep running, I know that now.  A crystal ball would have come in handy.  I’m finally feeling about as good as ever, though a few more pounds heavier lately and my overall fitness has declined.  But I still detect the tiniest twinge in my hip every once in a while telling me that *something* is still there, whether it is not quite 100% or my brain has burned in a permanent reminder to help prevent me from making the same mistake – ha, good luck –  I don’t really know which it is. :) But I’ve been learning a pretty good life lesson (running is filled with those) here, and I know I can’t push too many hard runs in a row – I’ve read that and lived it.  I also once again appreciate being injury free and able to run without pain.  Praying that I don’t have to go through that again, but I know I will have to watch it for a while.  I did the Soldier Field 10 Mile run last weekend, but I didn’t race too hard until about the last mile or so.  Mostly I was just there to have a fun time and enjoy the day.  Had a blast.  Tomorrow I will go out for an easy 8 mile run and take it slow.  I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy the warming weather.