The pain is not intense but is annoying, and I know it means that at the very minimum I need to run less, run slow, and avoid speedwork and hills. At the maximum, I probably need to rest, and clearly for more than 2 weeks since that didn't appear to help.
So, for right now, I'm continuing to run, with those prescriptions I discussed above. Since I don't seem to be making it worse and the pain in manageable it seems more fun to finish out my year of "racing" (October Pt. Defiance Trail Race + November Half Marathon) and then rest and rehab through the crappy winter weather. But then I REALLY want to train for something. So maybe I should rest now. I just don't know.
Remember this? This was the last time running pre-hamstring issues. I miss this.
So, let's get down to brass tax. My week in workouts:
Monday - 10 minutes on the elliptical + 55 minute spin class (music sucked = class sucked).
Tuesday - 6 miles around the neighborhood. Yeah yeah yeah, it was quite a bit when coming back from 2 weeks off.
Wednesday - Rest. Given that I had a busy few days ahead of me this was just plain laziness. I SHOULD have worked out.
Thursday - No time, but got myself out there for a quick 3 miles of running with Cooper at 9:00pm at night.
Friday - No time. Drove 5 hours to Grand Coulee for Luke's IRONMAN (more on that later!). It's clear: too much rest this week.
Saturday - Tons of walking and some short and erratic running with Jordanne and Amy as we cheered Luke on at the Ironman! Very exciting and full post to come on that. I didn't wear a Garmin and I have no clue what our total running / walking time / distance was, but I'll guess it was at least 2 miles of running and 2 miles of walking.
Sunday - 6 miles around the neighborhood in the afternoon. I tested out a "walk-run" method to see if that helps manage the hamstring injury. In an hour of running I had 3 two-minute walk breaks - spread out every 15 minutes. I may try this method out this week.
So, that was my week. Clearly, it was nothing to write home about. Total running miles = approximately 17.