Thursday, February 26, 2009

More encouraging (and discouraging) runs

Did 3.2 on the treadmill on Wednesday. Thursday morning lifted weights for 30 minutes, then immediately headed out around the UAH loop to do my first decent road miles since early December. Ran the loop (2.62 miles) in 18:28 - 7:02.9 pace. Not terrible, but no where near the pace I was doing back in late November. 95% pain free - just a little discomfort in the hip.
posted by mgreene at 5:15 AM 2 comments

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

A tough(?) speedwork day

Did 4.05 miles total at Lockheed field by myself. Was a little worried as my hip was sore last night and this AM, but after about 0.5 miles, I felt no pain at all. Only did 4x200 in :


They say that for every week you lose training, it takes 2 weeks to regain what you had. Since I lost 12 weeks, that means I should be back where I was at the end of July! Man, that's a long ways off...
posted by mgreene at 11:04 AM 1 comments

Monday, February 23, 2009

Somewhat encouraging weekend

Got almost 15 miles in Friday-Sunday. All on the treadmill including 3.5 barefoot and 6.5 on Sunday. A little soreness this AM, but not as much as anticipated. Should be able to hit 90 for the month which will be the most since October.
posted by mgreene at 5:39 AM 1 comments

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Trying speedwork(?) again

Met Carl Smith at Lockheed field. Just wanted to see how bad out of shape I really am. We did some warmups, then did 3x400 (mostly downhill) and 1x800 uphill. The 400s were:


and the 800 was :


Not even as fast as Eric Patterson is doing his long temp runs in. Feels like I'm starting over... Hip had a little soreness, but nothing I couldn't run through. Total mileage was 4.82.
posted by mgreene at 10:01 AM 2 comments

Monday, February 16, 2009

Slowly getting back to it

After taking 12 weeks off from running and not getting any better, I finally went to the sports medicine doctor. Diagnosis - arthritis in my hip. He said there wasn't much he could do other can prescribe some pain medicine and schedule me for a hip replacement when the pain became too bad. I was not about to go with that diagnosis! Started looking on the internet and found some interesting sites including this one (hip pain causes) .

I've been trying this for about 3 weeks now and have had some drastic reduction in running pain. Put in over 20 miles per week for the last two weeks (although a lot slower than back in November). Have also been back to playing some basketball which makes the hip sore, but manageable. Today I did 0.53 miles of backward walking on the treadmill and 4.31 miles running (including 1 mile barefoot).

Did the Winter Winds 2 mile race yesterday (ran with my wife). Definitely a different perspective starting near the back of the pack and doing 12:25 per mile pace! (not a perspective I want to get used to, mind you ;) ).
posted by mgreene at 12:59 PM 5 comments

2009 Race Results