I actually ran yesterday! I am so thankful I chose to take Wednesday off (see yesterday’s post). As I waffled in indecision, my Lovely Wife stepped in and helped me to finally decide not to run. She is always supportive and wise. I should listen to her more often!
Yesterday was a good run overall. I got in my 5 miles in 95 degree index temperature. It seemed hotter than that to me.
The run went well. My hip and achilles started out hurting quite a bit, but after a mile or so of warm up they loosened and then no problem. My first mile was at 9:46 and my last was at 8:23 so as I got loose, I got faster. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am not using my phone to tell me my pace. In fact yesterday I didn’t even look at it. I just ran what I wanted to run and it worked out. I ended up with an 8:56 overall pace. Not bad in the summer heat.
A coworker and fellow runner gave me a massage ball to try using on my hips and back. It is about the size of a tennis ball but harder. I gave it a try last night before bed as we watched some TV. I just put it between the bed and my hip and put pressure where the pain was. I moved it some and also put it between the bed and my calf muscle some. This morning I am moving better than most mornings. I think this might have really helped, but I can’t tell for sure until I try it for a few days.
I have a foam roller but don’t use it much. This ball was convenient and easy to use. I could pinpoint my pain and just let it sit in place for a while. It is called a Trigger Point Massage Ball. He purchased it in a local running store for about $20. I assume a tennis ball would also work, but this was much denser and was easy to dig into my hip even on the bed. Time will tell.
A week from today we leave for the marathon. Wow, it will be here before we know it.