Running & Watching People Run!

Oh, Monday. We meet again. It’s the first Monday in November though which can only mean one thing: the holiday season is officially upon us. Thanksgiving is later this month and then we roll into end of the year festivities, including half marathon training for me!

This weekend I had planned to run 8 miles on Saturday but on Thursday and Friday my hips (both of them) were SUPER tight. I stretched and stretched and stretched and they loosened up some. I was worried that running 8 miles might make things worse, so I decided to just hop on the treadmill and run/walk for as long as everything felt good.

Even though the hip tightness could be nothing, I’ve had enough trouble with my hips this year that I’m now overly cautious. Plus I’m technically not training for anything at the moment, so there is no reason for me to take any risks at all.

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I ended up run/walking five miles before my right hip started feeling really tight. I kept my pace super conservative the entire time and ran 2 minutes/walked 1 minute for a total of 75 minutes or 15 min pace. I called it a day after that and went home to stretch for a million minutes.

If you’re interested, I’ve put together another Weekend Snapshot video that recaps my weekend:

The video is only a minute long, no talking, just music and scenes from Saturday and Sunday :).

Anyway, I spent the rest of Saturday stretching, relaxing and watching a few episodes of True Blood. I’m re-watching the series from start to finish and it felt extra appropriate to watch on Halloween.

Sunday I woke up just in time to catch the start of the ESPN2’s live stream of the New York City Marathon. I love watching Meb race, but I really enjoy watching what he does after he finishes a race. Every single time he almost immediately looks around for someone to congratulate. Meb’s a fierce competitor but he also has amazing sportsmanship.

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Cecil watched most of the race from the comfort of my lap, and by “watch” I mean he snoozed through the whole thing. I think he had a stomach ache on Saturday because he didn’t eat much, but by last night he was back to his normal self.

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After the elites crossed the finish line in NY I headed out to meet my mom for her birthday lunch. I stopped by CVS thinking it would be fun to get her a couple of balloons. They didn’t have a great selection of birthday balloons but they did have a cute Get Well Soon one … she loved it!

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After lunch I went grocery shopping (boring) and then headed down to the beach for a run. My hips were feeling a lot looser yesterday after spending so much time stretching on Saturday. Daylight Savings time meant that even though I started my run around 5:20pm by the time I finished just three miles it was already almost completely dark out.

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I felt a lot better during this run/walk and threw in a few strides just to see how my body would react since it’s been a while since I’ve done any speed work. I’m happy to say that it didn’t feel horrible! 🙂 After the run my hips felt a little tight but I stretched right away and as I’m typing this up they are feeling fine.

Mile 1: 13:07 (couple of strides)
Mile 2: 12:54 (a few strides)
Mile 3: 14:05 (easy run/walking)

3 miles / 13:23 pace / 84*F with 70% humidity

On one hand I’m a little bummed that I had planned to do 8 miles on Saturday and instead broke that up over the course of two days. On the other hand I’m glad that I’m able to run pain free and I’m super glad that I didn’t experience any tingling or numbness at all this weekend.

Soon enough it’ll be time to get back into serious training mode, so I’m trying to enjoy this brief lull while I get healthy.

I’ll be back to see my PT again tomorrow!

I hope you have a great Monday and a big CONGRATS to everyone who raced this weekend, especially my friend Claire who finished her second marathon and earned that shiny NYC medal. Can’t wait to see it in person!

Did you watch the NYC marathon on TV this weekend?
How did your run/race/weekend go?!



  1. November 2, 2015 / 4:57 am

    Sounds like you were smart about your training this weekend! Especially since you’re not technically training for anything, theres no reason to push it. I hope your hips continue to improve!

  2. November 2, 2015 / 6:10 am

    Cecil looks like he had a super relaxing weekend 🙂 glad you re running without major issues, although not quite at the distances you’d like. Hoping Your PT session goes well!!!

  3. November 2, 2015 / 6:49 am

    It’s good to play it safe, especially in an “off” season. I give myself a lot of breaks then! I love the get well balloon for your mom’s b’day! I dvr’ed the NYC marathon. I hope to watch it tonight!

  4. November 2, 2015 / 8:47 am

    I did not watch the marathon I didn’t even know it happened! I am so out of touch. Man, watching them start… it is amazing to me that they can run 26.2 miles faster than I can run ONE MILE!

  5. November 2, 2015 / 9:29 am

    I followed NYCM on twitter to get my updates before going on my run on Sunday morning. It’s hard to not feel motivated to go for a run after seeing and hearing that!

  6. November 2, 2015 / 10:42 am

    Good for you for taking it easy! I need to get smarter about things like that sometimes. That’s awesome that you are improving so much. I’m still struggling with my piriformis issues so I have a lot of PT stretches and exercises on the agenda every day.
    I watched the marathon too. Meb is cool! I was also cheering on Leon. I was excited to see another American guy up front 😉

  7. November 2, 2015 / 10:53 am

    I hope your hip feels better! I’m sure it’s frustrating to have to have split up your long run, but hopefully if you are careful and attentive to stretching you can get it all straightened out before your next training cycle begins.

  8. November 2, 2015 / 4:26 pm

    Watching the female finisher (I can never spell her name) was so amazing. It was like she was just playing with the pack and then when she decided to kick it into gear…BAM. She left ’em in the dust!

  9. November 2, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    That is good you are being patient, and hey, 75 min. is a great work out 🙂 I swear I may become a five mile runner after I get my race done. I feel like I need a break myself, I am not 100% for sure.
    I only watched a few minutes of the marathon, but I am always awed by front runners. I can’t imagine moving that fast!