Categories: Hip injury, Hip strengthening, Marathon Training, Marine Corps Marathon
…and yes, one step back.
Last week after Rock n Roll Denver was going so well…
My mile repeats were stellar once I got back to oxygenated air. I ran an unusually strong 10+ miles at marathon pace (whatever that is) on Thursday. On Saturday I set out for my long run. I planned on 15, maybe 18 miles if I felt really good.
I could tell though, that my legs weren’t yet fully recovered from Thursday’s effort. Cardiovascularly I felt great. It was cool and the run felt effortless. If anything I was going too fast (9:25). The miles slipped away. At 4 my right hip (tensor fascia fiasco) started mumbling. I walked to assess. It was so subtle. I continued on but at 5 miles it was clear I needed to shut it down. So I did.
Yesterday I banged out what, in my twisted mind, is the equivalent of 18 miles: 2 hours pool running + 1 hour on the bike. I won’t try to run again until Wednesday. I suspect my whiny hip needed more recovery time after the MP 10. In the meantime I’ve doubled up the strengthening exercises. Sigh.
Part of me entertains staying in the pool until marathon day. Or at least wrapping myself in bubble pack until 10/28. I find myself thinking things like “If I can just run half and run/walk the other…or run 2/3 and walk it in….or run through the pain and royally injure myself and then take a long runbattical.
Ironically yesterday was the last day to defer Marine Corps Marathon registration to next year. I was not tempted because I’m fairly confident I wouldn’t be in any better shape next year. It’s always something lately. My body is finished with marathons.
Despite very ragged training, I still think/hope I can cross the finish line (eventually) in Washington DC on 10/28 though. I’m too stubborn to believe otherwise.
It’s race week in Chicago! So excited for my Chicago Marathon friends. Stay tuned for my spectating plan!