Due to some bad weather moving through Houston yesterday, and my inability to get up in the morning, I moved my track session inside to the treadmill. Overall it was a good run. I started out feeling a little sluggish and my legs were heavy, but they loosened up as the miles ticked by and didn’t even protest too much with the speed.
Since my aborted attempt at a marathon a few weeks ago, and my intention to try again in a few weeks, I just went with some mile repeats at ‘cruise’ pace (~7:15/mile).
Warm Up: 1 mile ~9 min (included some walking at first)
4 x 1 mile repeats @ 8.3 (7:13/mile) with 1/4 mile recoveries @ 7.2-7.5 (8:00-8:20/mile)
Cool down: 3/4 mile (varying speeds- recovered a little from the last mile repeat then picked it up a little and included some incline)
TOTAL: 6 miles/46:36/7:46 pace
HIP UPDATE: I stretched and foam rolled like it was my job after this run. My hip was definitely making itself known once I stopped running, but not as much while I was running. As time goes on, I’m beginning to believe it’s something along the lines of a piriformis issue. If I apply pressure to a certain spot on my butt, the hip feels fine. Taking that into account, I’ve been doing stretches and some strengthening exercises to help those muscles. I also “hang” after every workout (use a pull up bar and just let my body weight stretch out my body)- this was recommended by my sports doc and seems to really help. Still no final decision on a 2nd attempt race, but there are 2 races I’m eyeing.