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Running in the dark

Yesterday I met up the running group after a long time of not running after work.  I have run in the dark before, but oh my gosh, do I hate running in the dark when it’s freezing out.  Knowing that the trail would be dark and that headlamps were needed, made me really not want to get out.

But I did, headlamp and all.  Surprisingly, this nifty headlamp worked wonders.  It didn’t bounce at all, and didn’t bother me at all.  Just enough light so you could see the bumps on the trail.

We were supposed to go for a 50 minute total run.  I was using my Five Fingers (yay!) and Karl was carrying my change of shoes with him, so that I could switch when it was time to turn around (I’m just getting used to them, and trying to “ease” myself into using them full time).

22 minutes in, there was a part of the paved trail that was scraped off.  I was paying attention to that.  What I didn’t pay attention was for the part of the pavement that was raised by a root.  Needless to say, I tripped, tried to catch my fall and successfully did it until I reached the dirt on the side of it.  Didn’t quite make it to the grassy part, so was covered in dirt.  My knee wasn’t doing so good when I tried running again, so I switched shoes then and headed back to the start.

My 50 minute run ended up at 42 minutes (boo!), but I have a bruised knee to show for it.

My left hip, which was bothering me on Saturday, didn’t start hurting until after I switched to the normal running shoes.  Hmmmm…  I wonder if it’s related?  I try imitating my form in regular running shoes as I do with the Five Fingers, but wonder

Karl offered to carry my shoes for me from now on, until I can do the whole run in the Five Fingers.

I’m sore today, a combination of playing volleyball after 5 weeks off, running, and falling, so I might skip tonight’s run and hold off until Saturday.  I’m meant to run for 80 minutes then…  I can’t wait until I don’t need to take breaks anymore!  Remind me not to get injured again, so that I don’t have to stay away from running for this long…

7 weeks away from the Half Marathon…


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