My Finish lineat the Marathon in October was a triumph of human will. It was the hardest race I ever ran. It was also my slowest, as predicted.
I literally hobbled for a few weeks after, having run on an emerging injury. I found it hard to turn over in bed! Ibuprofen was my best friend, as well as massage to my trigger points while I healed. Eventually the pain subsided. My chiropractor told me my hip flexor on my left was very tight, creating my pained buttock. I mosied everywhere, trying desperately to cover my pain, as many would comment on how weirdly I was running or exclaim (as my mother did) that running was risky and killing me. I hate showing the pain of running because I love it so much.
I decided as I crossed the line that I was probably going to rest for a month from running so I could recuperate and recharge my running passion. I continued to stretch my hip flexor.
Well, I did. I am now just entering back into the running scene, having started at 5 k, 8 k and then 10 k last week. My delayed muscle soreness has lasted me a lot longer than expected, so I could have probably backed off the mileage, but one month should be alright for not losing too much fitness. At least this is my stubborn belief. I know I have gained a bit of weight, so this will need to be addressed, mostly due to snacking and inactivity, and wine :).