April running: Over 100 miles for first time since Aug. 2012

Ever since this thing has attacked my hip and made running for long distances virtually impossible, I’ve stuck to low and slow: Low mileage, run as slow as I can. Lots of 3- and 4-mile jaunts around Town Lake.

But what I noticed is that inactivity made things worse. Taking weeks or whole months off at a time did not help one bit. So earlier this year, I decided to do something crazy. Run 5 to 6 days a week, 2 to 3 to 4 miles at a time.

Slowly, things started feeling just a little better: 55 miles in January; 76 miles in February; and 97 miles in March. In March, I rejoined the Luke’s Locker Tuesday taco run, which incorporates a lot of hills over 4.5 miles. Running those hills has loosened up my hip even more it seems.

So, in April, I had to go for 100 miles right?

Damn right: 24 runs for 124 miles (sounds like the stats of a running back). I’m still slow, as you can see from the day-to-day chart of my April runs I’ve provided below. No sub 8-minute averages. A few 7-plus mile runs. (I’ve circled happy achievements, i.e., sub-9 minute runs, an 8-mile run, etc.)

From run to run – and sometimes from mile to mile – this hip thing comes and it goes. There is no pain that accompanies the dysfunction. Just a right leg that zigs when I tell it to zag.

But I’m hanging in there. Like a friend told me on the trail the other day: Running is a blessing. Be glad that you still can.



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