I grumbled, bitched and moaned my way through my week and half off running due to injury, and finally went out for a spin this past Thursday. I did a short (but fast!) three miles on Thursday that left me feeling spent, but happy to be back. Saturday I decided to do a longer run and did a slow five miles. Slow because my body felt really out of whack. Mentally, I was totally in the game. In fact, I even sprung, pop-tart like, from bed that morning in anticipation of enjoying the beautiful weather. But my legs just weren't having it. I felt like I had the wrong legs and mine were running swiftly somewhere on someone else's body. It was bizarre. E ran with me and felt out of alignment as well, so it was quite a run.
I went on another run yesterday, just three miles (instead of my planned 4), and felt the same. Running home, and paying attention, really focusing on how I was feeling made me realize that my issues were most likely my hip flexors. They were so tight! I got home and hit the floor for some pigeon and bound angle, and it seemed to help. I will find out tonight when I try for four miles! My 10-mile Halloween Pumpkin Run is coming up in two weeks, so being able to get some good mileage in before that is really important to me. Regardless though, it felt so good to get back out and moving this weekend. I've really started to crave cardio!
On another note, I made Spaghetti Squash for the first time! I also made applesauce, which was also a fun experience.