So, since late April/early May I've been hobbled by a left heel/left hip issue. I have grumbled about it many times in my posts. I took most of May and June off from running (almost) entirely. Since then my mileage has been very low as I've focused on swimming and biking to keep my fitness up. The injury has been stubborn, and I've tried not to run two days in a row. When I've run, everything has been tight. It has, truth be told, felt like the beginning of the end for my running, as I've shuffled through every workout. This week, I've run 5 days in a row, and bizarrely, I'm feeling better. I ran two miles to swim class on Wednesday, 5 incredibly slow miles on Thursday, a solid 8 on Friday with the SBRC bunch, 4 hard, for slow, and a respectable 7 with C___ on Saturday. I would normally have spent Sunday in the pool or on the bike, but a law professor friend was in town, and wanted to run in Central Park. I woke up feeling okay, so went for it.
Truly an awesome run. We ran from Grand Central to Central Park, ran the lower 4 and then back to GCT. The weather was perfect, the leaves are turning. We got in and out of the Park before the Marathon Kickoff race came thundering through. Most importantly, we ran pretty fast. Almost all of the miles were at a sub 9 pace. These days that qualifies as a tempo run . . .
For once, my hips didn't start to seize up after 5 miles, and my calves and heel held up through the whole run.
I'm wondering if I've hit a point in recovery where it's time to start running more rather than less.