Yesterday’s split run

Yesterday was a strange run.  I ran in the afternoon and it was pretty hot.  I realized that for the past 4 days I’ve run in the morning (except for Monday which was my off day).  Since I needed to try and run a tempo run, I decided to try a public track and see how I would do with something flat.

This track is really nice and has a “rubbery” surface (I don’t run track so I don’t know what it is called).  Unfortunately, it really hurt my hip.  I guess the feedback from the track must have messed with me.  I ran one mile at 9:00 pace and a second at 7:35.  Then I had to stop.  I felt disheartened and headed to my car and drove home.

By the time I got home, I thought I would just try to get the mileage in so that I would have my 5 miles for the day.  So I went out slowly as to not aggravate my hip further.  I ended up running 3 miles at 9:25, 9:01 and 7:57.

So it wasn’t even close to a tempo run.  In fact, I would just call it a strange run (oh yeah, I already did).

As I ran I kept thinking to myself, “Don’t over do it.  You have a race in 10 days.  Listen to your body”.

Today I go back to the Chiropractor after work and then run an easy run.  Tomorrow I’ll probably run the bike path near work again.

I admit I’m sore and tired.  I’m close to a record month, but don’t want to overdue it before my marathon.  To be honest, I would probably just run about 20 miles this week and 10 next if it were up to me.   I may take off an extra day this week just to recover a bit.  Next week I start my vacation Wednesday, leave for PA on Friday and run the race Sunday.  Right now the weather is supposed to be in the 50’s when the race starts with a high in the 80’s for the day.

12 thoughts on “Yesterday’s split run

  1. You know that saying – don’t try anything new close to your race? Track…cough, cough….

    Stick to what your body knows. And keep listening! I’m glad to see you are at least entertaining the idea of taking a rest day if needed.

    Can I say how jealous I am of your weather conditions for next weekend????

    • I was thinking of the saying, “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger”. 🙂 I guess it is a little too close to the race for that one… Thanks. It is still a little too far out to be sure about that weather report. The day before is a lot warmer and the day after is a lot cooler. Here’s hoping for the day after!

  2. Running Girl put it best…nothing to add except good wishes! Hope the weather report holds. And keep listening to your body! If it’s a choice between rest or getting in some prescribed number of miles, now is the time to choose rest.

    • Thank you!!! I’ll do that. In fact, I might just take today off. It is going to be 4:00 and 90 degrees before I can run. Sounds like a good excuse for an extra off day to me. Of course, if I did, what would I write about in my blog tomorrow. 🙂

  3. I started running a while back (on a track) and had to give it up because of seriously painful shin splints. When I took back up running a month or so ago, I started running on a dirt trail. No pain! Someone told me that that the track’s surface is really hard on the body. So, why is that? Seems counter-productive since a track is for running, no? Good luck on your upcoming runs and races!! Your dedication is inspiring!

    • Thank you. I appreciate that. That is crazy about the track. I’d think that the surface would be helpful. I think it did help me run better, but in the end it wasn’t worth it. Good luck with the running. I’m glad you are past those shin splints!!!

  4. Almost there- take it easy if you need to.
    I’ve never run on a track, and I don’t plan to- your experience reinforces that for me!

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