Not that the run didn't have its good points. For the first time in a long time, I ran with a group! I set out with CC, Julia, and Diane, which was fun - we got to catch up and that made the miles go by a little easier. Plus, there's something about running side-by-side with good friends that invokes the runner's cone of silence, where we can spill our concerns without fear. Group running can be good therapy, and Saturday's run definitely was for me...it's great to get instant feedback and support from my peeps right when I need it.
That said, my legs were thrashed by the time we finished. You'd think I would know better by now, but in my mind, taking 10 days off wasn't anything to make me consider, oh, perhaps not jumping in for so many miles on my first day back...of course not. I've been running for years now - what difference could that time off really make? I was the idiot who went for it, and my legs were so sore afterward, plus my right hamstring that sometimes gives me a tugging ache near my glute was hurting midway down the back of my thigh - ugh. A familiar pain is one thing, but a new pain? That's worrisome.
After our run, we went to Blue Baker - I think there were 11 of us, and it was just so much fun to sit and eat and talk and move around in various conversations. Much as we try to control ourselves, we get a little loud at times and at one point, the baker walked by right as we all were laughing. We apologized for being so loud and he said that he loves it. Even though we do go to other places for breakfast, I think that Blue Baker will always be our version of Cheers.
I ran yesterday, just my usual 2.5 miles around the neighborhood, and I didn't feel any worse pain in the hamstring - but it's not completely pain-free, either. I'm doing my hamstring stretches plus using my BFF Buffer on that spot, and both help, but my wished-for instant cure hasn't happened just yet, dangit - my leg is tender. I also met up with my former running buddy Jenny for a walk; she can't run anymore, but we've been trying to establish a walking routine, not only for exercise, but therapy, of course. And I'm not sure which is more beneficial, to be honest!
Can I just say that I'm impressed with the composition of this shot? The curving path behind us, the greenery, not to mention our happy faces...Jenny is a professional photographer, and she even takes great selfies!
*post coming soon about this, I promise.