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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners ! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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soldiergrrrl
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soldiergrrrl
So, yeah... Last year, I started running again, after taking way too long off, and managed to give myself shin splints. Like my husband SAT on me to keep me from running one day because my legs were hurting so bad I was in tears but I was still lacking up my shoes... He then started stacking dogs on me to keep me sitting.

Stopped running, the shin splints started to go away and then finally healed, but I still had pretty intense, localized pain on inside of my left shin just below my knee.

FINALLY went to my PCM, who called in the sports medicine guy. He looked at my shin, ran his thumb down it and then pressed on one spot. After coaxing me down from the ceiling and waiting for his hearing to return, he told me I don't have a bursa injury (which is what I thought it might be) but instead, a varicosity between the bone and the muscle.

I was on steroids for a week and prescription strength Naproxix twice a day, along with compression socks/sleeves and I just got out and started walking/runnig again. My pace sucks rocks through bendy straws but I'm doing it.
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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jvmatucha
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jvmatucha
X-posted in my own journal!

Last Sunday I ran the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in Anaheim, California, right by and through the Disneyland theme park. I ran this race with my friend and Disney race addict friend Mary, who convinced me to try a Disney run,) and my Ragnar sister and fitness geek extraordinaire Michele. (AKA bkmichele!) I've run an awful lot of races: Marathons, half marathons, long-distance relays, lotsa 5Ks, 10Ks, and other Ks. My medal hangers are groaning from the weight. But I had never done a Disney run.

The race began at 5:30 AM, by far the earliest start time ever for any non-relay race I've ever run in. (One of my relay teams started at 5:30 AM, but that was for a 200 mile, 30+ hours race.) Myself, Michele, and Mary made our way to the start line around 5 AM from our hotel. It was still dark, and quite cool, but not cold. Mary had run the 10K the day before, and she didn't believe she would do that well this day as a result. Michele and I seperated from Mary as Mary was in a different corral.

As I had been previously warned by Michele, security was strict. They made sure we got into the corect corrals, having our bibs checked several times and also running into a phalanx of volunteers who made sure we didn't wander over to the elite section. Michele and I were in the B corral, which is the farthest forward a man can be at the starting line. Corral A and the elite section were strictly women only.

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alexanderr
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alexanderr
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anapaoli
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anapaoli
This past Sunday, I ran in the Broad Street Run. It's a 10-miler through Philly.

I had been dealing with IT Band pain for a couple of weeks before the run and I was just hoping to be able to complete the race. I certainly never wanted to finish a run so badly! After a visit to my chiropractor, I went on a few "test runs" just to see how I felt. I made it to two miles both times without pain, so I figured that was a good sign (I couldn't get to 1 mile before the chiro). I took Aleve the night before and the morning of and hoped for the best.

I parked by the stadiums and took the subway up to Olney where the race started. The train was packed. I thought I was going to end up on this guy's lap because people kept getting on!

I never considered what 40,000 people really looked like until there were 40,000 people hanging around, waiting to run down Broad Street. I was in the last corral and the first place finisher crossed the line before we even started.

The pink corral started the race at about 9 AM so a lot of churches were just started, so we got a lot of cheers. There was one gas station blaring the Rocky song, which is so Philly cliche but so wonderful. The mile 1 marker seemed to come up really quickly.

Somewhere on mile 2, we came uphill and got the chance to look downhill at tens of thousands of runners in front of us. It's hard to describe how awesome that was. We're all here, running 10 miles on a warm sunny Sunday, together.

Around mile 3, I started feeling the pain in my left leg. Talk about discouraging! I walked for a bit until it eased up some, and then I figured out that if I kind of limp-ran without bending my left knee too much, I could run mostly without pain.

We ran by Shriner's Hospital for Children and there were a couple patients cheering the runners on. One little girl was in a wheelchair with what I can only describe as a crane holding her head in a brace. I figured, man, if that little girl can seem so happy to watch us run, I better not ninny-out with a sore knee.

As we got closer to South Philly, there were more and more spectators. I'm telling you, I sincerely appreciated all of the high-fives and "power up here" signs. Especially the high-fives and cheers from the cops. They're out there doing their tough jobs every day but they're out there cheering runners on. And the Gatorade. They only had the yellow Gatorade which I thought I didn't like but during the race, it might as well have been the nectar of the gods.

The best part of the race was running past City Hall, which was around mile 6. City Hall is this giant building in the middle of Broad Street and you see it off so far in the distance, and then you're there and more than halfway done on a bum leg, and next thing you know, you're leaving William Penn in the dust. I tried to "selfie" with City Hall behind me, because it felt like one of the best moments in my life. Totally the Best Day Ever, Spongebob-style. (Sorry husband and kids. Our wedding and your birthdays were awesome beyond measure, but there's just something about running...)

Around mile 7, I got super hungry and thought about running into a Checkers or something. But the yellow Gatorade kept coming and that helped so much.

Right after mile 9, the pain in my leg was just getting bad. I had to walk for a couple yards just to get the gall to keep going. The spectators were so encouraging though. Just cheering for people they don't even know! For a town that threw snowballs at Santa...that's pretty good ;)

The finish line was a quarter mile inside the Navy Yard and holy hell it felt like forever before I saw the gate. I was trying to find my husband and daughter on the sideline but the crowd was so big I gave up and just focused on getting past the finish and into the refreshment tent! I ran the race in 1:54. I was aiming for less than two hours so I did all right.

Overall, it was an awesome experience. I loved how organized it was, the text tracking system (it sent a text when a runner crossed the 3, 5, 7, and finish), the frequent water/Gatorade stops, and the security. I know it was a pain for a lot of people who were turned away from the Navy Yard because they had backpacks or other non-clear bags, but it made me more comfortable. I appreciated how many kids activities were offered in the Navy Yard. They had bouncy houses and a petting zoo. My daughter ran in the toddler dash. Her race was 30 yards and lasted all of 20 seconds or so but she is proud of her medal. Seeing how much work went into the race, from the volunteers and the spectators, and the police and sanitation departments, I know it's cheesy but it's heart-warming that so many people came together just so a bunch of nutty runners could achieve their dreams.

There's not really much that I didn't like about the race. I am not crazy about how crowded it was. I like smaller races where I can greet my family right at the finish. I ran a "no frills" 10k last summer and my daughter ran the last 50 yards with me (which was great because I was certain that I could not move another step...she pushed me through). But that wouldn't stop me from running this again. It was great to be part of something so big and so positive.

After the race, I went home and put ice on my leg and tried to take a nap (not easy with two little ones). I was in a lot of pain. If I bent my knee or used my lateral muscles, it felt like fire down the outside of my leg. Oy. What I really wanted to do was go to a diner and get breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but a shower, ice, and nap were good too.

Next up is my calling the doctor to see about PT for my leg, and crossing my fingers that I can run the half marathon on June 14th. I think after the half, I might stick to 10Ks as my maximum distance. Having an injury gives me too much anxiety, if that makes sense. It makes me sad because running 10 miles was the easy part! Dealing with the stupid leg is what makes it difficult.
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evil_chicobo
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evil_chicobo
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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lavielavie
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lavielavie

I am training for mt first half marathon (Ottawa, on May 24th), and I appear to have hurt my ankle, but I have no idea how.

In Sunday, I ran 18 k, and I remember at some point being aware of my ankle, but ut was not bothering me per say. And in Tuesday morning, I ran 4 ( hills) and still no pain, but it started bothering me in the afternoon, and today, i had to wrap it in a a bandage because it hurts at all times now.

Starting to freak out because I want to keep training!

I'ne no idea what could be wrong with it. I didnt fall, I didnt sprain it but it feels like a sprain.

:-( 

Has this happened to any of you?

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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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anapaoli
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anapaoli
I'm training for a 10 mile race being held on May 3. I'm dealing with IT band pain. I'm taking ibuprofen and doing IT exercises but the pain is getting worse in that it is happening more often. I ran 7 miles in Sunday and had to walk the last quarter mile because I was in so much pain. I tried to run Wednesday and couldn't make it through 3 miles.

Am I destined for forfeit my 10 miler? I really don't want to because I really need the "win" of running this race. I also have a half marathon scheduled for June 14th. I don't want that to be derailed either. Any help would be appreciated.
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jvmatucha
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jvmatucha
Last weekend I was part of my good friend Kiki's So Cal Ragnar Relay team Running C2C. (A team for her crossfit gym in San Juan Capistrano Crossfit to the Core!) It was my 5th So Cal Ragnar and my 13th Ragnar Relay.

For those of you not familiar with a Ragnar Relay: The Ragnar Relay is a long-distance relay race a la' Hood to Coast. The average team has 12 runners, and the course is around 200 miles long. Each runner runs 3 legs of 3 to 9 miles, and the race takes an average of 30 hours to complete. The runners get from exchange to exchange via two passeneger vans. While one van's runners are running, the other van is resting and trying to get some sleep. For more info, check out this link.

My Teammates: Our fearless leader and my good friend Kiki led us runners in Van 2, which included me, Iron Woman Guin, comic relief Jack, thee Kevin, and John. (Who was running with a cast on his left arm. Play hurt!) The interpid Brian was our driver, letting the rest of us concentrate on running duties. We comprised van two, runners seven through twelve.

First Leg: Gettin' Ultra

Because I had asked Kiki for a lot of miles, she assigned me the runner 7 position. (Got the handoff from the last runner in van one!) My first leg was the longest leg on the entire 200 mile-ish course: 12.1 total miles, from Orange to Irvine in Southern California.

I got myself good and psyched for this run. Only three weeks before I had attempted to hit my half marathon PR at the Oakland Running Festival, (Missed it by three minutes,) and I decided I wasn't going to run this just for fun, I was going to try and kill it!

I stood in the chute along with all of the other 12.1 miler runners, waiting for my teammate Steve to charge in. I'm always antsy when I'm waiting for a runner to come in at an exchange, but this leg was making me extra antsy. I've run a longer Ragnar leg than this one in a previous race, but that was for my ultra team. This time I had eleven other runners waiting for me to kill this distance, and I was determined to keep it as short as possible!

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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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inwe_elensar
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inwe_elensar
I'm going to department of corrections boot camp, and there will be daily running. 2-3 miles at least. I'm not sure how to prepare myself or how to improve my stamina and speed. I did my required 1.5 miles in 18:30 and was told at the end of the academy I have to be able to do it in 16:11. I have about a week and a half before I leave. What can I do now, and what can I do there to up my performance?
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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1reasontoshine
For you out there.

The path of a thousand miles starts from a little step you take every morning.

Today, I feel the courage to share my vision with you, as I reached this clinical point of my life.
One year ago, I decided to get myself back in a good old shape of mine (to trim a bit down). As I swelled to unprecedented 235 pounds at the age of 23 (107 kg).
That time I stayed in Norway (may be the best place in the world to start running around).
I just got settled in a tiny little appartment beside a small lake.

But let's get you straight to the point:

-38 kg loss in 4 months.

This is what I did for 4 months:
-jogging for 10 km on a daily basis;
-no bread or chocolate;
-no meals after 6 p.m.

That is basically all.
Though you have to greet yourself after every training as it was the best one. To see the champion deed in that brave endeavour you can undertook at a given day.


Cheer me up, as this is my first entry here.
I will appreciate your questions/comments.

Thanks to K. for the inspiration.

Tim.

Current Location: Little yet charming France
Current Mood: bouncy bouncy
Current Music: Long cool girl by Mark Knopfler

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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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jvmatucha
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jvmatucha
X-posted in my own journal.

Yesterday I ran the Oakland Half Marathon, just one of the three races at the Oakland Running Festival, which included a marathon, a half, and a 5K. (I've run the full marathon three times before. Super brutal!)

My training so far this year has been going really well, so I went to this race with two goals in mind: New PR, (Beat a 2:02 time,) and run a sub-two hour half marathon.

I've run every year of the Oakland Running Festival since it started several years ago. The first three years I ran the full marathon. After that I've always taken on the half marathon.

While the full marathon course is super brutal, the half course isn't so daunting. The course went through downtown Oakland, Chinatown, and into West Oakland before looping back for a run around Lake Merrit for the last few miles. A relatively flat course. (The Oakland full has the WORST marathon hills I've ever slammed into. If you run the Oakland full, you have permanent runner's street cred for life!)

My goal was to start out at a decent pace, and then rev up after mile three for about the next four or five miles, and then dial it back down around mile 7 or 8, until I got to mile 10 and then I would just turn on the jets. Didn't turn out that way exactly during the run, but that was kinda my plan.

It was nice and cloudy and cool at the beginning. I had my sunglasses wedged onto my hat and hoped that I wouldn't have to use them. At the start I took off, iPod on full blast, charging with the crowd. I kept my pace with my Garmin, keeping it under a nine minute pace. Occasionally I glanced down and thought my Garmin must have been malfunctioning, because occasionally I was hitting six and five minute paces. (I ain't Meb fer cryin' out loud!) I decided to try and pace myself after having weaved through some of the slower runners.

Despite my plan, I kept a good pace for the first three miles. One thing I definitely did not want to do was burn myself out too early and slow up towards the end. I tried to keep relaxed and keep my pace decent as we charged out of Chinatown and were headed for Laney College. Around mile 6 the Sun decided to show up, and I saw that I was still on pace to get in my sub two.

Getting into West oakland, it only became slightly warmer, so the weather wasn't a factor yet. I was still managing to keep my pace, up until around mile 8, then I felt myself slowing down. Picking it up again, I hit race pace again through mile 11 as the Sun started warming us up. Around mile 10 I saw that I still had a shot, just a slim one, to manage a new PR.

But during the last few miles I was starting to slow down. I still felt fairly strong, but I wasn't quite keeping up with my target race pace. I was just that much slower. When I realized partway through the last mile of the course that I was not only not coming in under two hours, but that I also no longer had a chance to hit my PR, I took a quick walking break before the last for whatever/tenths of a mile I had to get to the finish. I finished with a 2:05 time, my sceond best ever half marathon time, and my best Oakland Half time.

I can take solace that while this course was not exactly hilly, it had plenty of turns. When I ran my 2:02 half PR, it was on a flat course that was basically a 6 1/2 mile straightaway and then a turnaround. This course was more challenging, and I almost hit my PR.

Now I want to register for another half and try again. So close!
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nothinfinah
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nothinfinah
I'm struggling to find the energy this year. I set myself the goal of 60+miles a month and barely made 30something in January. February was a wash out due to the stupid blizzard and following sub zero temps. In the winter, when it's too cold/snowy to take the kid in her stroller I can only run in the evenings when my husband gets home to watch the kid, however it's even colder at then.
Saturday mornings had been my morning to get up early and go for a run before the family was awake, but lately I've just been too exhausted. My head and heart want to get up and run, but my legs are so heavy.

So far in March I've been able to run once a week (which is better than 3-4 weeks off in February) but my routine is 3 times a week. I really need spring to settle in and give me some energy again! I never thought I'd be this miserable from not being able to run or not having the energy to run. Seriously last weeks easy 3 miles felt like running in mud and I ended up walking more of it. Ugh.

Anyone else feeling sluggish? How do you cope?
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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xxhellbentxx
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xxhellbentxx
Hey all,
Just wanted to give a quick review of a race I ran this weekend. Old West 50K an d 30K Fun Run.
http://www.oldwesttrails50kultra30kfunrun.com/

If you are ever in SoCal during springtime this is a trail great race

Extremely well organized, fantastic race director and his community of volunteers with well stocked and manned aid stations! Tons of food!

We booked a cabin at the Stagecoach Trails RV park for the night before (They have cabins, camping, etc...various types of accomodations) and it worked perfectly. our cabin had 2 sets of bunk beds and a full bathroom. can't beat that for 75 bucks a night split 4 ways! Not to mention it was a 2 minute walk to the start line. :)

They served a great dinner of chili, lasagna - meat and veggie, and tons of other food for dinner the night before. Cost was $14 per person

Breakfast the morning of was free to runners, as was another buffet lunch after the race. One of the community members was from Lousiana and cooked a mean Jumbalaya and gumbo.

The race ran a mix of single track and fireroads across the eastern desert of San Diego (About 1.5-2hrs east). The weather was slightly on the warm side with highs in the mid -high 80s and the trails are exposed, no shade, but the desert is beautiful in the spring! We had such a great time and are planning on going back next year!
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charlsye
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charlsye
Hey everyone,

I'm a beginner runner and I've been a lurker here for a while now. Registration for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon opens on Tuesday and I'd really like to run it. I'm currently run/walking 5ks at a 15 minute per mile pace right now. My goal for the half marathon would just be to finish which would mean maintaining under a 16 minute per mile pace. I'm young and overweight but not obese and have been running somewhat regularly for over a year now.

Do y'all think I could be ready for a half-marathon by November?

I appreciate any advice or guidance! Thanks!
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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faeri
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faeri
I ran my first half marathon of the year on 22nd Feb - I had to ramp up the mileage quite quickly as I didn't know I was entering until around the point I should've been running 7 miles for my long run (I won the entry in a competition). I did manage (very slow) 8, 10 and 11.5 mile training runs though. So it was a pretty painful race from around mile 8 onwards but I ran the whole thing which was my only goal, looking on this as a long training run so I can work towards getting my time under 2hr 30min at some point this year.

Anyway, my next half is on 29th March. For the 4 weeks in between I had planned long runs of 4, 8, 10, 4 miles but I am now sick with the longest cold ever. I managed 5 miles on 6th March, then a 5 mile cycle and some weights on the 8th but I came down with the cold after my run on the 6th and I have been in bed most of this last week and still feel too sick to run.

Assuming I am back to 100%(ish) early this coming week, what should I do in the two weeks before the next half? I was thinking of trying to run home from work (7-8 miles) Tuesday or Wednesday, then a few more 5ks before the race. Is that a good plan? Any advice would be welcome. I'm not too worried about my time given the illness, etc but would like to finish, even if I have to view it as another training run. I am running the Rat Race obstacle course (either 13 or 20 miles) in May, then Tough Mudder in August so I could use the distance training anyway. I would just like it to be slightly less painful than the last one!

Thanks!
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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brinimc
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brinimc
A few weeks back I posted an entry about an IT Band injury and how it was suggested to me by my doctor not to run for a few weeks, and how the boyfriend and I were signed up to run our first 10k together. To the people who told me to bail on the 10k, I say... "HAH." To the people that sent me advice, tips on stretching, suggestions to get new shoes (which I did! \o/) to you I say, "Thank you, thank you, thank you a million times." The boyfriend and I completed our 10k on Sunday, and did it with no injuries to slow us down.

I think it was the shoes, honestly. As soon as I changed them I could feel a serious difference in the running. They felt like my original running shoes and not the recently new ones. But the stretches that were specifically geared towards IT Band made so much difference too. I no longer get any pain on my IT band after our "long" runs. We were so happy and I was glad I didn't give up.

Now we are planning to train for a half that is about 6 months out. We think we can do it so we are going to sign up. But thanks again for the tips, people. You guys were awesome.

Edit: Just so no one thinks I'm completely crazy, I DID do the appropriate amount of rest time though. I wasn't going to be dumb about that. I just didn't want to cancel our run.
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corporatepiracy
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corporatepiracy
Hi all,

A couple months ago I started doing the Insanity workouts. A couple years ago I was running fairly consistently, my longest runs being about 6 miles. Then I stopped until quite recently. Before Insanity I was a ~10:00 min/mile running, or 10:30ish on longer runs. But after these workouts I discovered I could run faster (way faster!) I've been running 1-3 miles four times a week or so, but running at a 8:05 min/mile pace for short runs and a 8:45 or 9:00 min/mile on longer ones.

About a week and a half ago I started experiencing a sharp pain on the outside of my right hip but figured it was just tightness or soreness. It usually didn't bother me too much during my run, just after. Then it got much worse. It's tender to the touch, I can't sleep on my right side, and the first few steps after getting out of a car are pretty agonizing.

I've mostly self-diagnosed, but I think it's hip bursitis. The pain is pretty local to my hip and is aggravated by jumping, running, and things like mountain climbers. Has anyone else had this? I have a few questions:

- How long did it take you to recover?
- Did you ice or use heat (I've read both)?
- NSAIDs?
- I've heard about a cortisone shot - did that help?
- What did you do to stay in shape while recovering?

I'm so frustrated. It's been so long since I've been injured and I was getting into the best shape of my life.

Thanks for any guidance or recommendations!
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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alexanderr
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alexanderr
Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals.
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