If all goes well, in just 10 days, I’ll be on the other side of a hip arthroscopy to repair a labral tear and fix the underlying cause of the tear (impingement/ cam deformity). It’s hard to believe the surgery is coming up so fast. I’ve been talking about it like it’s so far away, but it’s going to happen before the milk in my fridge expires. (I mean, it’s pasteurized milk, but still….)
Over the past six weeks, after receiving the all-clear from my doctor on my “healed” femoral stress reaction, I’ve been slowly working back to a decent base of easy miles. My goal was to get in at least one 40 mile week before the surgery. No particular rhyme or reason–it just seemed like a nice number to hang my hip on. My hip flares up with long runs (anything over 10 miles) and anything speedy. But easy paced miles seem to be fairly tolerable, and I’m happy to report that this week I hit 40 miles AND felt relatively great for most of it!
My longest run of the week (7.4 miles) was on trails with a friend. She wanted to go further, but my hip was a limiting factor that morning. (A good reminder to me as to why I’m getting surgery). I also ran a thoroughly enjoyable 5 miles in the rain, which turned into a marathon pace run as I hurried to get home in time to take my daughter to soccer. Thank you, Over Scheduled Weekend, for helping me spontaneously churn out my first tempo-ish run since May.
The weather and colors here in Alaska couldn’t be more perfect for running and hiking, and I’m enjoying the chance to soak all that up without the added pressure of training or hitting paces. As I’ve said so many times before, running (no matter what the pace) is a gift I won’t ever take for granted.
Week ending 9/13 – 40 miles (easy)
Week ending 9/6 – 34 miles (easy) + an 8 mile birthday hike (best way to celebrate!)
Week ending 8/31 – 23 miles (all easy), cutback week
Week ending 8/23 – 29 miles, easy