Storm damage from our October snow storm continues to hinder my plans. I had a 10 mile run with 5 miles at tempo scheduled for this morning. This is usually a difficult run for me. I would normally choose to do this on a treadmill to force the pace or go to the trail where it is flat and I can zone out and concentrate on pace.
I did my 15 mile run on Wednesday on the treadmill and my toe was killing me, so I chose the trail. We have an amazing trail about 10 minutes away from my house. It is a rail trail that goes for 11 miles in one direction. It only crosses about 4 streets for all 11 miles, so I don't have to worry about getting hit by cars. Finally, it is beautiful, especially during the fall. I slept in this morning, oh how that felt wonderful, and headed to the trail about 9am. I got my Garmin set, put my iPod on, and hopped out of the car and saw yellow tape across the trailhead. My heart sunk. I had a feeling the trail would have downed branches from the storm, but was hoping it would have been still runnable. Sadly, I think my trail is closed for the winter. I doubt they will clean it up until their normal spring clean up. Sad, sad day for me.
I hopped back in my car and quickly drove home. I was short for time because I had a doctor appointment this afternoon and knew if I didn't get moving, I may have to cut my run short. I ran in the house, dropped off my stuff and hopped back out to the road.
Now, I love running in my town. It is a nice, safe area. There are cops all over and I feel like the drivers actually drive the speed limit. The one downfall is, we live in a hilly town. We have a ski area in our town and there is a hill that I ran by this morning that is the highest point in our county. I am not one to avoid a run because of hills, but when I know I have to hit fast paces, I tend to run around the hills. Because of my lack of time, I just ran.
Miles 1 and 2 were my warm-up and were in an 8:53 and 8:30. Surprisingly, I felt pretty good. The wind was pretty strong but my legs felt better than I expected. For tempo runs, I like to begin running faster, peak at my fastest pace for a mile, and then slow down where I started. I hit the first tempo mile in 7:48 which was perfect. I was able to pick it up for mile 2 and ran a 7:40. Mile 3, still felt easy and was a 7:30. Mile 4 found me turned into the wind but I was OK with that as I was on my slow down and hit a 7:46. Mile 5 was up the monstrosity of a hill and I somehow managed a 7:49. Normally, I think I would have slowed down on mile 5, but I kept reminding myself, you are almost done, how hard can it be to finish this strong? I also gave myself permission to slow way down if I hit these tempo miles and that kept me moving as well. After hitting my last sub-7:50 mile pace, I told myself, just get home and run by feel. Miles 8-10 were 8:33, 8:41, and 8:41 for a total of just under 1:22 for 10 miles. After my week of training (68 total miles in the past 7 days), I never thought I would have such a strong tempo run, but it worked out perfect. Perfect running weather, perfect run. Bring on my weekend long run!
As for my doctor appointment, I learned nothing. He doesn't think it has anything to do with my pubic bone. He has no idea. He just knows that my flexibility in my right hip is far from where it should be. He did an X-ray, and there wasn't a fracture, so I am relieved. He said my hip looked like one of the healthiest hips he has seen in a long time. Thanks for that tidbit of info, Doc. I am going to a Sports Medicine doctor on Monday and hope to get some more answers. I just found an article on Inflammation of the Rectus Femoris Tendon, which seems like it could be what is wrong with me, but who knows. I am just hoping for a referral to Physical Therapy, so that I can make my muscles stronger and continue to run. Knowing that I don't have a fracture makes my fear of missing the Boston Marathon go away, so I will just work with what I have. I have come too far to stop running so I really hope I can find a doctor or Physical Therapist who trusts that I am not running through pain. But we will soon see!
Have a good weekend everyone! Sunday, I get to run 18 miles and am so excited because it looks like I may have company for at least part of it. Marathon training is so much more fun when you get to train with friends!