|This is the stupid wire hoop that caused so much pain|
But this morning when I dropped off a bottle near Red Lobster, I thought, "I wonder if that #%@*!'ing wire hoop is still over there in the grass." You'll remember from my last post, that during my long run last Saturday, my foot tripped on a wire hoop and I fell on the concrete, landing on my inflamed left hip. Well, it didn't take too much looking before I found the #%@*!'er in the same grassy hiding place ... like a python stalking it's next rabbit or hamster that ventured too close to it's hungry jaws. And even though I still have no idea what this is, other than a makeshift bear-trap for runners, I immediately picked it up and put it in the car, just to make sure I didn't trip on it again this week. Score.
Why all the concern over a stupid little piece of cylindrical metal? Well, this little guy caused me A LOT of pain this week. Just when I was starting to get over the minor Bursitis pain I was experiencing, the fall last Saturday left me with a huge bruise, and a lot of pain directly on the top my Femur. So much pain that I actually skipped two runs, which I never do. And it put a pretty big dent in my half-marathon training since I only ran a total of five miles this past week before getting in 13 today. But I think I'm finally turning the corner with the hip issues!
My run on Saturday went fairly well. I iced afterwards, and as I sit here writing this about two hours later, there's no additional pain in the area. I really tried to push my tempo and ran most of it fairly fast. Here are the splits ...
2.5 miles warm up, then 9 miles ... 7:16, 7:00, 6:43, 6:48, 6:42, 6:35, 6:34, 6:35, 6:31, then a 1.5 mile cool down
My Spring race at the Prairie Fire Half Marathon is still five weeks away, with basically all of April to train. And the good news is, that even with a sore hip, if I could averaged a 6:35 for four more miles, I would have been right at my current half-marathon PR. So hopefully missing a couple of workouts and resting my hip didn't adversely impact me too much. The biggest thing I notice right now when I run is tightness in the area. It doesn't really hurt, but my leg's not swinging free and easy at all, it's really really forced. So we'll see how training goes. I really wanted to PR in Wichita, but I don't know if it's going to e possible. I'll probably make a call on the race in a couple of weeks depending on how training is going. Anyway, that's about it. Have a great week!
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