1. Race Goals
I’m running a half marathon this weekend! I’m really excited for this race. It’s local (starting line is less than 1 mile from my house); it’s the inaugural race; it’s flat; I know a lot of people running it; they got awesome sponsors and lots of post race fun going on; my running coaches are apart of the race committee and very involved in the race; it’s projected to SELL OUT :)
- Have fun, thank the volunteers, and enjoy the race!
- 2:30 finish or 11:30 overall average
- Race smart, pick up the pace when I can, fuel early and often, and give it all I have :)
Now that I’ve shared my race goals … I guess now would be a good time to discuss my worries. Last Friday at work I got a shooting pain down my right leg that forced me out of my chair to stretch. I knew immediately that it was sciatica related. After a few minutes of standing and stretching it went away. I ran that night (5.12 miles in 54:33, 10:39 avg) and felt fine. On Saturday during my long run (10 miles in 1:44:36, 10:27 avg) my right hip was tight as well as my right hamstring. After the run (I really pushed the pace and surprised myself with my overall average) and some stretching/relaxing I felt better. I skipped my planned recovery run the next day and on Tuesday I had more hip tightness and some tightness in my right groin. For the last several days I’ve woken up in the morning with lower back pain. As I sit here writing this post I am having some tightness in my right hip. I’ve been doing lots of stretching and using The Stick, Foam Roller, and my tennis ball (on the sciatica nerve/piriformis). This is all too familiar. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m worried.
I’ve lost some of my momentum and motivation for my monthly challenges. I’ve kept my Plank-a-day streak going but I’ve slacked off on the leg and core workouts as well as my PT Exercises (not good considering #2 above) and cross training (I’ve only been to the gym once since I started my new job). Also, my “walk or run at least 1 mile a day” streak that I started on 12.31.11 ended after after 86 days and 358.68 miles. While I would have loved to keep my run/walk streak going it just wasn’t realistic any longer :(
What’s on your mind today?