I wrote earlier in the week about this stiffness in my hip/groin area. I decided I wouldn’t run until it was completely gone, or until my race on Saturday. Even though it doesn’t bother me for the most part, I do still feel it first thing in the morning when I wake up, although it’s just a little stiff and not painful, and I also felt it at Pilates on Wednesday, especially when we did certain moves that required I use those muscles. (I didn’t do those exercises.) So, I haven’t run in 6 days. This is my longest stretch without running since February 2011. Kind of crazy that I made it this long running at least twice a week. Hopefully I can start running again tomorrow, and everything is fine and I can go back to normal.

Tomorrow is Chicago’s Perfect 10, and I’m doing the 10 miler. I’m sure I’ll be fine. When I was running with this hip/groin thing, running felt fine, it was the next day that I was a little more stiff. I’ve adjusted my goals for this race:

Easy goal: PR. The last 10 mile race I did was in May 2011, and my time was 1:48, a 10:52 pace. I’ve improved a lot since then, so even with my break from running, I’m sure I can beat this time.
Medium goal: Finish in under 1:30, under a 9:00 pace. Based on my ZOOMA 5K time, I should be able to do this.
Stretch goal: Not even thinking about it anymore. If it happens, it happens, but I’m not going to make it a goal.

My race strategy is to keep my heart rate between where it should be for a half marathon and a 10K. It’s always usually a fun surprise to see what the resulting pace is when I run by heart rate. (When the pace is on par or faster than I expected, that is.)

My last 10 mile race. I’m on the far right.

In other news, this weekend is the opening of the 35th season of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. If you live in the south suburbs of Chicago, and you have any interest in orchestral music or appreciating the local treasures in your backyard, I highly recommend checking out the IPO. What is especially exciting about this season is their new music director. (Maybe that’s just exciting to classical music nerds.)

For a complete 180, I’m also excited that I will be seeing Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band next month for the third time! If you’re going too, let me know!

Rev Peyton's Big Damn Band
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