I mentioned on Friday night, that my new running partner Bob had a 10 mile running workout planned. I was nervous, but since he is such an awesome "coach" he made it mostly painless.
I set my alarm so I could be up by 5:30 since Bob was picking me up at 5:45. I woke up at 5:11 and decided to just get up. I took my time getting dressed, ate a Luna bar, filled my water, fed the dog (who got fed an extra breakfast since my husband did not see the note: Dolce ate breakfast), and checked email.
Right on time, Bob arrived and we were off. We were heading to the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda, MD for a change of scenery. Our goal was to run the last 2-3 miles faster than the first ones. We headed down the trail and after the first mile realized we would be running about 10 minute miles. I hoped that I would be able to run the last ones faster. We made it to Fletcher's Boat House in DC, walked around a little to look around and then turned around.
Something strange was happening to my left hip. Not sure if it was the IT band or something else. I had really concentrated on my posture (with Bob's gentle reminders) and using my hips to run more, but it felt strange. We stopped another time and Bob showed me a hip stretched. And then he said, "Now on the last bridge, give it all you got."
We stretched, talked a little and headed home. I walked in the door at 9:02. Nothing like getting out and running miles early. Good thing we did because around 8am, the trail was busy with bikes, walkers, and runners alike. I kind a like that we are alone when we start earlier.
This morning, my hip is really sore. I have stretched it and I am trying not to limp. I need to research what muscle I have irritated so I can be ready to run tomorrow.
How did your long run go yesterday? I know some of you have races today: 1/2 marathons, marathons, and even a Tri. Praying for you to have a good run (bike and swim) and for you to be injury free.