I ran by myself for the long run, and it was OK, if not a little boring. Hey, I'm in it for the socialization, what can I say?! But several people from our group were busy doing other things, so that's how it worked out. Ever since Houston, I've been running 2:1 intervals for my long runs and it's definitely taking some time to get used to that - you wouldn't think going from 1:30/1 to 2:1 would be that challenging - after all, it's only an additional 30 seconds of running per interval - but it is. Or else, I'm still a little tired from all of the January mileage. Who knows? I can't figure out running!
Speaking of races, we each received one free download of our pictures from that Texas 10 Series race, which was a nice bonus! I still haven't purchased any of Jeff's or my pictures from Houston because not only are they super-expensive, but the shipping cost (which can't be combined) is ridiculous. Anyway, here's my freebie:
Remember when I wrote that I stepped on it and passed a woman in the finisher's chute? That would be her, in the blue, behind me. Poor woman, she had no idea she was in a RACE race!
One of the things I'm trying to work on more consistently with my running is stretching. It seems like none of my injuries ever really go away; rather, they change from major hurting to minor twinges. My latest one was massive pain on the right side of my upper hip - it came on in one day and got so bad that I went to the doctor, who, after X-rays to rule out anything broken, diagnosed sacroiliac joint pain. Luckily for me, after one visit with a physical therapist, I was able to get it under control and felt much better, but I do notice it (just a twinge) when I wake up the morning after I've run...so, now I have SI joint stretches added to my hamstring stretches. It's not a bad thing, this stretching - but it's a habit that I find hard to stick to. One more thing to work on, I guess!