I’ve had some decent runs this week, and I seem to be slowly getting better and recovering from my hip injury that has sucked me of any formal training the last 10 months. My easy run pace is about the same as used to be, but if I try to do any faster interval or tempo workouts, that’s when I notice the fitness I’ve lost.
I tried to do an 800 meter interval workout on Tuesday, but I only did 3 intervals before my hamstring started feeling twingy. I tweaked it a little the week prior during an interval workout. I probably didn’t spend quite enough time warming up and the temperature was below freezing, so it was quite chilly out! So I made sure not to push the pace on Tuesday, so it would heal properly. The 3 intervals I did do were relatively slow in 3:08, 3:16, and 3:18. I know it is going to take me a while to regain the fitness I lost!
Usually around this time of the year, I post my racing schedule for the summer, but at this point things are too up in the air right now, and I’m not sure what to expect from my body this summer. I know I will try to run as many races as I can because I love racing, but I will probably have to opt for shorter races.
I am going to be running the Alaska Heart Run 5K tomorrow. I have little expectations. (I would be lying if I said I have no expectations.) It is going to be a starting point since I have spent the past 10 months trying to rehab my hip. Last year I was in the best shape of my life and ran 18:30, the year prior I was 6 months postpartum and ran 19:30, this year I’ll be happy if I break 20 minutes! But at least I’ll have a place to start.
2016 Alaska Heart Run
My plan was to train all winter and then have a standout summer of racing, but that is not how things went. It frustrates me beyond belief especially since it wasn’t something I did in my training–i.e. I wasn’t be stupid with my training. But this is life, and all I can do now is press on and try again for a sub-3 hour marathon because that still is my big, dream goal!
I’m still worried that when I go to meet with the doctor next week he is going to recommend surgery since I had so much pain this past winter. Only time will tell, but for the time being I’m going to keep putting one foot in front of the other because I ‘want it’ like no other these days. If anything this hip injury has done, is light the fire even stronger.