Last week marked my segue back into training. I didn’t get in all that much, but I am on the increase. My hip flexors aren’t 100 percent, but I am able to train fairly hard. I’m swimming, rolling, and running by feel and seeing how it goes.
For this morning, I planned to get up early, see how I felt and then head out, but a bit of a head cold came on in the middle of the night, so I shut the alarm off and eked out a bit more sleep. Since I didn’t have as much time, I decided to stay around the neighborhood, and it ended up being a strange but very effective morning of training.
My dog Lily was not going to let me leave without first taking her for her morning bike and poop, so I relented and took her first. We cruised around for about 15 minutes, she took care of what she needed to, and we headed back to the house. I immediately came in and went directly into my yoga and stretching routine for about another 15 minutes. With my funky Revive waiting for me in the driveway, I hopped back on (no electronics) for a fairly hard effort of 20 minutes. I was concentrating on big gears. For the ride, I continued around the neighborhood with the local athletic complex as my destination for a run.
In the morning, the complex is vacant, and the grass fields are spongy and great for lesser impact running, which I figured would help prevent so much pounding and switching back that I find on the local trails. I barely took a breath before I was off on my feet and into my first lap around the field at tempo or even higher. I held this for a few laps – about 15 minutes, rotating directions to keep things balanced as I continue to recover and plan for the Whitewater, NC Xterra race. At that point, I had some water and slowed the pace for the next 10 minutes or so before hammering it again to the 30-minute mark.
Now soaking wet and tired, I hopped back on the bike for a nice easy 10 minutes around the neighborhood and home. This wasn’t my ideal, but damn did it work well. A little flexibility and creativity can go along way.