I Forgot to be Careful and Hip Twinges

Yesterday I wrote about being careful and adding a little more mileage this week.  Yesterday I was not careful and now I am worried.

Yesterday, the morning was beautiful so I decided to run one of my favorite loops.  Two days before yesterday I had run 10 miles for my long run, and my daily runs have been 2.5-4 miles, with a 5 here and there.  Yesterday, I was reckless and ran 6 miles.  I knew entering the park that doing the whole loop would be too much, but I ran past the turnaround that would make it 3ish and kept going anyway.  I knew as soon as I got home that I had done too much.

Last night, my hip was twinging.  I don’t want to say painful, but it was worrisome.  This morning, it is not better.  I want to hope that it is just tight muscles.  Some aggressive foam rolling this morning offered temporary relief, and the first couple steps when I stand up from my desk hurt before it loosens up as I keep walking.

I wouldn’t have ran today anyway, but I’m doubtful that this will be gone by tomorrow.  Tonight, I plan to do yoga and foam roll, which I really really hope will help.  I’m worried and I hate being worried. :/  Plus, stress does not help the body heal.

I’m trying not to regret yesterday’s run because regret doesn’t do anyone any good.  I just need to learn from the mistake.  At least I realized that it was too much, which is more than I have been able to do in the past, although next time I need to actually act when I realize that.

And now, the only words I have left are “uuuuggggggghhhh.”

Training Recap: Week of 4/28-5/4/14

I’m actually amazed that last week was still April for half the week.  Even though it doesn’t feel like it outside, it is distinctly May in my mind right now.  Not sure why–maybe because I’m out of school and a bunch of people just graduated on May 3rd.

My hip is doing a lot better and actually felt amazing after my long run on Sunday.  Last week, my hip was a little tight after my long run, but this time I’m just regular-sore.  I’m actually more sore from yesterday’s long run than I have been from a run in a long time.  I’m probably going to try this recovery yoga video tonight.

I ran three times last week with two rest days.  I’m trying to incorporate some form of strength training into my routine twice a week, which I did last week on Monday and Wednesday.  I’m still debating whether I want to spend $90 for a student gym membership for the summer, or whether I just want to do bodyweight exercises at home.  I’m not taking summer classes, so I can’t get into the gym for free over the summer. 😦  I’ll probably buy the membership, but I’ve had to spend so much money lately that I’m hesitant.

Monday: Upper body weights in the morning (hit 70lb for 3 reps on bench press for a rep PR–my 1RM is 75lb–and it felt easy! This is why I should maintain a gym membership.) + 25 min yoga in the evening following this video.

Tuesday: 3.8mi before work

Wednesday: Bouldering in the evening for an hour (tons of long breaks obviously)

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 3.34mi after work.  I felt amazing during and after this run.

Saturday: Off for graduation festivities. 🙂  Lots of walking though!

Sunday: 8.28mi, mostly through trails and parks.

Total running for the week: 15.42mi

I’m really happy with how this week went.  Sunday gave me confidence that I will be able to get through the Bayshore Half Marathon on May 24th.  I ran my PR there last year, but with my general lack of training and low mileage this winter, I was honestly worried about even being able to cover the distance this year.  I’m feeling much better about that now!

How about you?  How was your running/training/working out last week?  I hope you have an excellent start to this week!

Training(ish) Recap: Week of 4/14-4/20/2014

This week was all about my hip feeling like crap.  I got really down on myself, but the last couple days I have been able to rest more than normal with it being the weekend and me not having to do much walking.  It feels like resting has really helped!  The end of the semester is here and I have exams and projects the next two weeks, with the most challenging ones over by this coming Friday.  I don’t see myself having much time to do anything but code and study this coming week, so I think I should get in some more excellent rest and come out of it feeling ready to enjoy this beautiful weather. 🙂  With running.  Or even pain-free walking.  Whaaat a concept!

My cross-training kind of petered off by the end of the week, but I really do think rest is helping more than cross-training was.  I swam on Saturday for the first time in months, though, and I do want to get myself feeling much more comfortable in the water (I gulp air and give myself tummy-aches 😦 ), so I might see if I can fit in a couple swims next week.  Even two workouts before Friday might be a stretch though if I want to do well on exams, which I do.

Without further ado, my “training”!

Monday: 40 minutes on the elliptical followed by pushups and hip strengthening

Tuesday: 45 minutes elliptical, core, negative pull-ups, lat pulldowns – with a couple friends in the morning 🙂

Wednesday: Off (I had to walk a lot though)

Thursday: 30 minutes elliptical, core, woodchoppers, pushups, goblet squats, dumbbell rows, plus foam rolling

Friday: Foam rolling, 15 minutes elliptical, then I didn’t want to be on the elliptical so I went to Matt’s house and had ice cream.

Saturday: 38ish minute swim (short breaks included) – kickboard and pull-buoy practice with a few laps of freestyle at the end (and two random backstroke laps at the very beginning)

Sunday: Off (coding all day)

I started taking ibuprofen for my hip on Thursday and I took it a few times Thursday and Friday and once Saturday.  I don’t know if it helps the healing process, but the doctor usually tells me to take it and it definitely makes things feel happier in there.  I didn’t take any today, but I’ll probably take some tomorrow just in the morning for when I have to walk to/from class.

Takeaways from this past week: I underestimated the value of rest and now I get to rest more because of exams.

Matt says I’m “under construction.”  I kind of like that. 🙂

How was your week?  I hope you had a happy Easter or just a happy spring day!

Training Recap: Week of 4/7 – 4/13/2014

I went back down a bit in mileage last week because my right hip has been bugging me since about a week ago.  It sometimes just feels really tight and uncomfortable, sometimes hurts, and sometimes feels almost normal.  All the muscles surrounding my hip socket feel pretty tight and/or sore, so I’m paying more attention to stretching long and often.  Running has been a little uncomfortable, but not painful.  I have a feeling that if I tried to run today though, that it would hurt, so I will not be running while it still feels like that!

So this is what last week looked like:

Monday: 3.49mi at running club practice (afternoon)

Tuesday: off due to my hip feeling really tight

Wednesday: biked to and from work (about 2 miles/20 minutes each way and relatively hilly), otherwise off

Thursday: walked a little over 3mi late at night with a couple friends.  Hip felt annoying, like kinda itchy inside?

Friday: 4.03mi in the morning.  I could feel my hip, but it wasn’t painful.  Wore heels in the evening for prom and it pretty much felt okay.

Saturday: long run 7.01mi.  I was very dehydrated and also probably ran harder than I should have.  I don’t think my hip felt any worse though.  Walked a couple miles with Matt and his dog later and that felt like it loosened up my hip some.

Sunday: 3.13mi in the morning, without coffee or food.  I felt very sluggish and this was a struggle.  I started feeling some twinges of pain in the outside of my hip in the afternoon, where previously all the discomfort had been on the inside or front.  Which means now I’m worried and kind of regretting this run.  I knew less than halfway through that I didn’t feel recovered from Saturday and should have backed off, but I didn’t and I forced myself through it.

Total running for the week: 17.66mi

This morning (Monday) walking to class, the outside of my hip hurt, but walking more slowly to the bus stop afterwards, I had no pain.  I will be cross training on the bike today, and any runs I do this week will be SLOWWWW and EASY.  I’m obviously still trying to learn where my body draws the line between tightness and injury, and I don’t want to cross the line yet again to find out.  Patience will make me better in the long run.

Hah, long run, get it?

Have you figured out where your body draws the line?  How many injuries did it take you?  Because this is getting ridiculous.