So far this week I haven’t been able to run. My right hip has been painful so I have taken a few days off. And, at the suggestion of Allison over at invertedsneakers.wordpress.com I have started doing some yin yoga routines that she suggested on her blog. Hopefully, it will help my hip heal and I think it will, because if you don’t already check out Allison’s blog regularly you really should. She is a running/yoga/all-round workout machine – and I say that with respect and awe. If I had half the energy and motivation she did I think I would be able to rule the world and come home and run my 8.5 km every night. 🙂 It’s for this reason that I am so glad I started blogging when my husband and I decided to get serious about losing weight by eating better and starting to run. I have engaged with so many inspiring runners and bloggers, and it is so nice to have a community of people who know what you are going through and offer advice.
While I couldn’t run, my husband did lace up and go out for a run. When he has to run alone because I can’t it doesn’t always end well. Without me he has trouble pacing himself. He starts out too fast and poops out too early and can’t finish the run. He has a naturally faster pace than me. I’ve gradually gotten a little faster over time, but I still can’t go as fast as him.
So, he went out on Monday night for a run. As he tells me, he continued our 3 intervals of running for 19 minutes. By the time he was 3 minutes from the end of the last interval he had already passed where we ended the run before and gone on another 200 meters. That’s when he stopped. So, he didn’t quite finish the interval, but he went farther than we had before. It was also hot that night and humid, which doesn’t make any run easy. So, I’m really proud of him for going out and running and then running farther and keeping a reasonable pace through the run.
I won’t lie. I’m jealous that he went running, while I was stuck at home on the sofa. Running envy is a new phenomenon for me, but I definitely got a taste of it.
The good news is that my hip is feeling better today and the plan is to go run tonight. Maybe I’m a little cautious about running with discomfort/pain, but I feel that since I am still on the heavy-side for a runner I should be more careful so that I don’t seriously injure myself and can’t run for longer than a few days.
How serious does an injury have to be for you to stop running?