My left hamstring has been hurting since Tuesday. Pain killers have not helped. If I was going to run today, I had to get in more of a warmup than everyone else at our group session. I started 15 minutes early and got 5 laps around the track. The first lap was brutal and there was nothing I could do but jog slowly and grimace. It almost hurt like I pulled my hamstring on Tuesday, but I don't want to go that far. I've pulled that exact hamstring a couple times and had visible bruises to prove it. It wasn't quite that bad. So anyway, I got 2 miles in a warmup by the time the group ran down to the sinkhole. We did our striders after a short stretch and the uphills hurt, yet oddly enough, the downhills felt normal. Go figure.
Our workout this evening was 5 x 1km with 2 minute rest recoveries. The goal pace was 5 mile speed on the first one and then taking off 2-3 seconds per loop. Mind you that we are running hills. My goal was around 8 minute pace or just under. We didn't have a chart, so I figured that I wanted to run 4:55 for the first and then taking off 2-3 seconds each loop. So my goal was 4:55, 4:52, 4:49, 4:46, 4:43.
The first uphill hurt something fierce. After a flat section, a downhill and another flat, the second uphill didn't hurt that much at all. Again, go figure. I was happy. My time on that first hill loop was 4:52. The second hill loop was pain free and I took off more than expected by running 4:42. The others: 4:38, 4:32, and 4:16. This was a great workout and I am so glad the hills knocked out the pain in my left hammy. Knock on wood. I hope I wake up without soreness, too.
This has been 2 straight workouts that our coach is having us run negative splits. Am I detecting a trend? This is also my third straight workout that I have been able to complete. Also a trend? I hope so.
Just over a week until my next race.