Hi everyone! Week #3 of HTH training is complete! I also completed week #1 of the 14 day #LoveYourHips Yoga Challenge, and you can check out my week of poses over on my Instagram! Here’s what I was up to each day:
Monday: I decided to try out a mid-day Pilates reformer class at my studio. The teacher was very different than my usual teacher and I left not really feeling the usual crazy ab burn that I feel in my afternoon classes, so I might not go during that hour again. But it was nice having my afternoon free for once!
Tuesday: GOTR practice, and then the Skinny Raven Urban Challenge Run with my GOTR coach! We probably ran about 3 miles around town trying to get raffle tickets from as many businesses as possible.
Wednesday: Speed day downtown with my training group! We ran 2 tempo runs for 5:00 each, a 30 minute easy run, and then another 5:00 tempo. I was surprised to discover that I was able to run all 3 tempo runs at the same pace! Win! My running buddy thinks we ran 4ish miles during the timed portion of the workout.
Thursday: My last GOTR practice of the year, and then I got back to my regular afternoon Pilates reformer class. I also supervised a field trip at one of my high schools in the morning! It was a geocaching field trip in what I thought was a small park near the school, but we must have walked all over every single inch of that park looking for the hidden geocaches! It was tons of fun, but 6 hours of hiking up and down hills and through swamps really wore me out. I actually counted this as a replacement for one of my short runs this week.
Friday: My husband got out of work early, so I used the car to get to a 5:15 Pilates mat class with one of my favorite instructors from Pilates boot camp.
Saturday: I was able to attend my training group’s long run at 8:00 AM (ugh) and despite the fact that we had to run an hour and a half, it flew by with the help of my new running buddy! I am still so excited to have found an awesome person who runs at the same pace I do – talking to her while running makes the miles fly by! We ran at a 11:50 pace for a total of 7.5 miles. I then did my usual stretching/yoga routine and felt pretty good…until about an hour later when I started getting the same hip/groin pain on my left side that I had during Zion Half training! It really hurt to put any weight on my left leg, and I tried everything to stretch it out and get rid of the pain while trying not to freak out. It turned out that the pain subsided with a short walk along the coastal trail later that day, but I’m now a little bit freaked out that my injury will come back again.
Sunday: I FINALLY got to sleep in a bit (8:00!) and rested all morning and afternoon. My legs felt back to normal, so we went for a short and easy 4 mile hike in the Campbell Tract…which of course turned into 6 miles because we took a wrong turn and got a bit lost on an unmarked dogsled trail. Fail.
While the week was great, I am concerned about the pain I got after my long run. I’m worried that doing 7.5 miles already in this training cycle is what caused it, but I felt great during the run and didn’t think it would lead to hip pain again. At this point I don’t know if I can safely add in that 4th day of running because I’m worried about doing too many miles too soon. I’d rather skip a short run each week in favor of a walk/hike instead than get injured and not be able to run at all.
I also need some recovery advice from my fellow long runners: After every afternoon/evening long run, I’m able to recover pretty well. But after any length run in the mornings I end up feeling super tired and worthless the rest of the day. I make sure to begin hydrating right away, and I always eat pretzels and Nuun within 30 minutes of the run. I feel like I’m hydrating and eating enough before and after the run, but I always crash hard within a few hours of running and end up needing a nap. Does anyone else ever feel this way? Any advice to help me recover easier with morning long runs?