After taking last week off from running to give my sore hip a break, I got back on the bandwagon this week... and I think it's going well.
On Tuesday I did a quick little 2-miler. I didn't have a lot of time, and I also figured it'd be wise to do a super short run since it was my first run in 9 days. I definitely could tell I had taken some time off, but it went well. I went home and stretched a bit. I felt a little soreness in my hip, but it was hardly noticeable.
Wednesday, I did a little cycling and rode 10 miles in 30 minutes. I bounced back and forth between higher levels and lower levels (on the stationary at the gym), so I felt like my legs got a good non-running workout. I did some more stretching at home and used my foam roller on my legs. All felt well.
Yesterday we had gorgeous weather again... 65° and sunny! I headed to the park for a 3-mile run. I forced myself to take it really easy because this is the first week since returning to running that I'm finally increasing to 3 runs a week. Since I'm adding an extra day and a bit to the weekly mileage, I don't want the pace to be too intense. I ran it in about 29:20, so I was pleased with myself for slowing down and keeping it laid back. I did a bit of stretching and while I feel a little ache in my hip, it's definitely not very noticeable. I think the biggest part of it has to just be that my leg still hasn't gotten all of its strength back.
Tomorrow I'm going to do an easy 4-miler. I have done the distance once and feel like I should do it again before I increase to 5 miles. This time, I'm not going to let myself push it so much. I have no reason to be trying to maintain a faster pace until I can get my body used to the miles again. At this point, I think it's really important for me to increase my endurance more before I start to think about getting faster again. I still have plenty of time to do both before my race in June. I was looking at the calendar yesterday and saw that there's no reason why I won't be in good shape for 10 miles by then... it just may not be my fastest 10 miler.
But that's ok... running the Chicago marathon is my big goal for the year. That's where I want to be faster. I want a marathon PR if at all possible.
I've been reading a lot of the coverage on the Boston marathon and specifically about Ryan Hall and Kara Goucher. I've been a fan of Ryan for a while now, but I realized in reading one of his recent interviews that part of it is because we do have something in common... he's known for not racing a ton. He picks a race, and that's his focus. I kind of do the same thing. I'm not out racing every week or even every month. I have a few races of shorter distances I like to do each year, and then I like to focus on one that is important to me... this year is Chicago.
I think it's a good way to go... for me anyways.
I feel like I'm starting to find a groove. It's still going to be a challenge as my leg gets stronger again and I begin to get my endurance back, but I feel like it's going to for sure be worth it when I finally get to toe that start line and cross that finish line.