It’s been almost a month since I made it to my beloved Pacers Silver Spring Fun Run, thanks to a scary-sore hip. After a 30-minute “test run” last week, I braved the five-mile hill loop my running group did last night.
And you know what? I was fine! Tired and nervous the whole time, but fine! My hip’s a little sore this morning, but it’s nothing like the throbbing, terrifying mess it was reduced to after my standard five-milers a month ago.
We did the Grubb Road out-and-back I trained on frequently before the National Half Marathon in March. The run features several leg-burners through the gorgeous Colonial Village neighborhood near Rock Creek Park. (Need more hill-route suggestions? Check out my Examiner post for today). It just felt so good to return to my running routine, which I rely on to keep me honest about my workouts and sane for the rest of my days.
Next up: A BOSU and swim workout today. I’m thinking of reverting to an old favorite swimming-wise, a timed 1,650, followed by 5X200, then 10X25s, half of them sprint, half of them no breath (this last part is new, but in the instant-classic kind of way).