Sunday, February 1, 2009

hard to get back in the groove

Forced myself to go to the gym on Friday after work to get a short run in -- guess those goals do make a difference in my behavior. Got on the treadmill, huffed and puffed my way through 2.6 miles in 30 minutes -- not exactly a fine performance.

My knees feel sore, and today -- 2 days later -- my right hip is very painful. I clearly have lost some flexibility -- or maybe just not given myself enough time to heal after the marathon. As such, it's hard to know what goal to set for February. I was going to put another 50 miles, but right now, if I can run 3 miles, 3x/week I'll be happy. No sense not giving myself time to rest... even though that makes me feel a bit sad.

I really thought I would be able to come back, and establish an easy 5 miles, 5x/week schedule until March or so, when I would ramp up for a spring event. But I think just getting through February and feeling better is a more rational goal.

So having just barely made my January goal (despite running half of it in 1 day...); I'm just going to put 40 miles as my goal for February. Wish me luck!

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