|On the road|
Today’s run (street): 3.3 miles
Even before I run, I’ll usually have a good idea of what I’ll write in my daily post. If my plan is to go out for a few miles, the variables are basically the route I’ll take and how I performed. Today was different, I’d decided to try a return to the road. That invited the real possibility that I’d undo all the recovery work I’ve done over the past seven days. I wondered if I’d title today’s post, “Too much too soon”, or “Victory on the road.”
I was genuinely nervous when I stepped outside. I took extra time to do some dynamic stretching, especially with my right leg. The GPS took its time to acquire signal but it finally went to ready state. I hit the start and set off in my usual starting direction, hoping for the best.
The first test came quickly, just 50 steps away from my house. It was here that my hip injury announced itself two weeks ago, causing me to immediately stop my run. No problem this time. One hurdle cleared.
The next point of concern came up three minutes later, near the top of the first road on my route. That was how far I’d gotten the last time I attempted a street run. The pain at that time was excruciating. Later, it took almost an hour, an ice pack and an Aleve before it began to feel better. I cringed when I passed that point today. Happily, there was no pain.
I continued on, feeling increasingly confident as I made my way through the first mile. My hip felt okay, but there was some tightness. I was running very easy and that probably helped. Around mile two I started to detect a dull pain around my hip. It was barely noticeable but I became concerned that I was pushing my luck. I was about a mile from my house, so I considered my options. I could either walk back home, or continue along my route. I chose to keep running.
The final 1.3 miles went fine. By the end, I knew I’d done no harm to my hip. The important thing was that I’d successfully completed a run on pavement. Hours later, my hip still feels fine. We had a family get-together in the afternoon and I didn’t notice my hip at all. The question is, do I go longer than three miles tomorrow? Further, since this injury has improved with rest and careful workouts, is it necessary to keep my appointment with the orthopedist next week?