My hip is sore which worries me even though the explanation is clear to me. My whole summer has been light on mileage with my biggest week being 61 km. This week I've just fell short of 50 and that is rather high compared to the two weeks prior when I was driving up and down the Pacific Coast to California.
I'm in a lull period right now giving my body a break but keeping it fit enough that when I start my next training cycle in November I should be fresh, ready and eager. But my longest road run in several weeks yesterday left me sore and doubtful. Cognitively I know my body is fit and just needs to get back in the groove of training. Emotionally I'm fidgety.
Most of my training partners have spent the summer working hard toward fall race goals. They are springy, fast and fit. Sort of how I felt in the spring.
Yet this period of lull has been good for me. I've been cross training more. Taking a break from regimented eating and enjoying more family time. I know my hip isn't injured despite it being the same area where I had my first and only running injury. My body is simply griping and moaning in its weakest spot about my contemplation to start getting serious again.
I believe in an ebb and flow to training. A high and low season. This summer has brought me into more trail running, fewer early mornings, yoga, gym work, open water swimming and boxing. I've enjoyed it even though I wish I'd cycled more. And this craving to return to road running is just a sign that I've given myself a solid break, both mentally and physically. The envy I feel over others effortless speed and epic long runs is simply a sign that I'm still interested in the pursuit of the sport. If I can remain healthy I expect a year of further improvement for me as I begin to train for the Boston Marathon.
Soon I'll begin building my base back. Getting my body used to the pounding out of miles. I'll settle on a training plan, begin eating with more focus and putting my eye firmly on the prize.
For now though I'm just sore. I'm on the outside looking in. It will take every bit of patience I have to ride out the next 6 weeks biding my time. But I'll do it because in the long run it always pays to have a plan.