It all started with last Wednesday's less than brilliant idea to run with the 5 am crew. See, Pete was up EARLY to catch a flight to Denver for work so naturally, I was too.
I'm not one to go back to sleep so I decided to meet the 5 am madness crew for a once in a blue moon crack of dawn run. When I've gone to this run before, there has always been a decent size group and at least a few people willing to hang back in the 8:30s pace.
That should tell you something about this group. You're a serious runner if you get up in the 4 o'clock hour to get your run on.
Alas, against my better judgement, I hung in with last week's group, who are all speedier than I for the entire 9.3 miles. Gah, it sucked. Well, at first it didn't suck, but by mile 6, my legs were begging for mercy.
For most of them, that was an easy conversational pace. But in my world, 7:40-8 min pace is not easy. I should have turned around early, but the whole 5 am pitch black thing had me a wimping out and hanging on for the ride.
Anyway, fast forward to now and my whole left hip and hamstring is seriously unhappy. Lucky for me, I recently bought a 1 month unlimited pass to a local yoga studio ($39 for new students) so I have a place to take my sorry self. I've also been considering getting a massage soon.
Yeah, I know I shouldn't stand in bare feet on a bathroom floor. Sorry 'bout that.
Since that fateful run, I've managed to drag my leg around two pathetic, painful runs. Luckily, these runs have ended less painful than they started so I know it will get better, but still... injuries suck.
Luckily, I've dealt with this hamstring/hip weakness before and thankfully I'm not training for a marathon just yet (although we DID get registered for Chicago Marathon in October!). No pressure to train hard. Just want to get the body healed and back to running for my sanity and health.
And to think last week after my 9 mile runner's high I was going to tell you how I need to run with faster people more often. Um, yeah... Going to put that thought on hold for a while. ;)