Slowly, oh so slowly, my hip flexor injury is getting better. After a solid two weeks of gradually increasing my walking distance, I was comfortably managing 60 minute brisk walks. I also put some effort in at the gym and worked up to a comfortable 60 minutes of cardio. I was then ready to try to run.
With Adam's guidance, I started with 1 minute of jogging and 30 seconds of walking over 1 mile. After a week of this, I graduated to 2 minutes of jogging and 30 seconds of walking over 1.5 miles and kept it at this level for another week at Adam's insistence. BE CAUTIOUS and BE SENSIBLE and BE PATIENT were the foci of our conversations and texts. I enjoyed my little forays into running but also enjoyed the longer walks that they were embedded into. It was amazing just to be walking without pain again; anything else was a bonus.
Today, I moved up to 5 minutes jogging/1 minute walking over 2 miles. It all felt good.
I am CAUTIOUSLY optimistic that I've turned the corner now and that, as long as I don't increase either distance or speed too quickly, I'll be back to proper running in plenty of time to train for next year's Edinburgh marathon. Yes, that's right, I'm doing it all again!
From being unable to walk without pain to running a marathon - a journey of 26.2 miles starts with a single shuffle.