|Ambivalence in Vermont (Go Sox, boo Yankees!)|
Today’s run (treadmill): 3.2 miles
The problem with vacations, even short ones, is that you often end up less rested by the end than you did at the start. This weekend was like that. We returned home exhausted, but for the best possible reasons. Our weekend started with a visit to Vermont, where we were excited to spend time with my brother, sister-in-law and their adorable 6 year old boys. They’ve recently moved to the greater Burlington area. Besides being visually beautiful (it’s adjacent to the Green Mountains) there’s plenty of places for trail running. Unfortunately, my injured hip disqualified me from doing any of that this weekend.
|Green Mountain highway view|
|Green Mountain Coffee HQ|
|Minuteman Centennial statue, erected in 1875|
After spending midday in Stowe on Sunday, we finished up with a visit to the Green Mountain Coffee visitor center in Waterbury. We said our goodbyes there and headed south through New Hampshire, bound for my home state of Massachusetts. The rest of our trip took us to Concord, where we visited the Old North Bridge and battleground and then to Plymouth. That brought back memories of my primary school visits there, many years ago.
I was hoping that I’d make up for a lack of running by walking longer distances while I was away. I fell short of my daily goals, but only by a small amount. My decision to skip my run yesterday morning worked out well. I still felt some residual muscle soreness today, but didn’t think an easy run would invite further injury.
I was a little gun shy about running on the road today, since my last two street runs had ended rather abruptly. I compromised by doing a treadmill run and closely monitored my hip for signs of weakness or pain. I set the speed to a moderate pace that didn’t cause me to sweat until I’d reached the 15 minute point. Performance was my least concern. I began to feel slight discomfort at the two mile mark and decided to limit my distance to about three miles. I planned to stop right away if the soreness increased.
The good news is that I completed my run without any additional discomfort. It was good to get an aerobic workout done after three days away. I’ll probably do an indoor workout tomorrow, either on the elliptical, or on the treadmill again. Either way I’ll take it easy. I’m hoping that by Friday I will be back to form. If not, I still have my appointment with the sports doctor next week.