Virtual Half, Check. Injured Hip, Double Check.

26 Nov

The last few days have flown by! I worked the whole holiday weekend, Thursday through Saturday, at my part time job. Not quite a traditional Thanksgiving, although I do quite enjoy spending the holidays with my work family. It’s definitely something I’ve gotten used to over the past few years, since I’m living in Florida working in an industry that doesn’t “close” for holidays and my family is in Connecticut.

On Thursday, after having completed my virtual 5K, I set out to tackle my virtual half marathon. Luckily, I was working in the afternoon, so I was able to wake up at about 8AM and set out on my race of one. Since I’m horrible about planning distances, but hate the thought of running the same path repeatedly, I decided to head down the county road I live off of and just make it more or less a straight shot out and back. I knew there were sidewalks the whole way and that by the time I got to the more congested crossroad, I’d be at about 6 miles. With a couple of loops through some complexes along the way, I knew I’d make it the 13.1 miles without much repeat.

Things started out pretty great. I ran the first 3-4 miles without any walk breaks and was feeling great. From mile 5-10 I was still running pretty steady, although I did take some regular walk breaks in between. At mile 10 though, things came to somewhat of a standstill. My right hip joint became quite achy and very quickly I switched to an all out walk mode. I thought as I continued, I may bounce back and be able to get some more running in. I tried running a bit, but was unsuccesful at running for more than 20-30 seconds at a time. By mile 11, I had resigned to the fact that I’d have to walk the rest. In the end, it was a slow and kind of painful finish, but I completed the half in 3:11:11.

Although I was shooting for a sub 3 hour time, I’m just proud that I did it! Since then, I have been walking with a bit of a limp and unfortunately working my way through the holiday weekend didn’t help much. I am looking forward to getting my 5K and Half Marathon finisher medals in the mail soon! I almost forgot to log my race times online, but remembered with about an hour to spare.

Speaking of race medals, I am so looking forward to the OUC Half Marathon medal-it’s a palm tree, which I love! Hope to get it Saturday!


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