Merry Christmas! Just because the holidays are here doesn’t mean that run training stops! I worked hard this week to make sure I got all of my runs in, and I’m going to do the same next week. It’s also fun because I often get new running gear for Christmas to try out. I’ve already received some awesome socks that will be perfect for my wine runs (they say Run Now, Wine Later).
It is nice, at least, that Christmas weekend we only have 4 miles to do. It makes it easier to fit it in with all of the cookie baking and present wrapping that I have to do!
Wednesday I went to the gym after physical therapy and before work. Got my 3.1 miles done.
Thursday I headed to the gym after work. The goal for me is to keep the same distance on my short runs (a 5k) but improve the time. Which I successfully did this week! So I’m good with that.
The weekend run was 4 miles. With a Magic Mile, which I’ve always kind of just ignored. But I decided to give it a go this time. Better late than never, right? The training says for your first MM you should go at a pace slightly faster than your “gentle” pace. I figured I fairly gentle pace for me would be 11:30, so I aimed for 11:15. I did the first mile in 11:14, so pretty much on target. Then on weeks with other magic miles I’ll try to beat that 11:14 time.
I did the rest of the long run and actually felt pretty good. It wasn’t snowing for once and was about 55 degrees, so I got to run outside and it was wonderful. I was thinking when I finished how great it was that nothing hurt which I’ve been struggling with – my back and my right hip felt fine. I did start to have some pain in the arch of my left foot though. Then a couple of hours later I felt really bad pain in my LEFT hip. What is going on?? I just want to be able to run without worrying about ten million different pains.
Happy Holidays! Will you be squeezing in any running before the New Year?