Like Dale and Derek suggested, I’ve taken a little more time off. I’m excited to try to run again, to see if there’s any improvements. This last week I think I’ve made huge improvements with the chiropractor. I honestly feel like my hips are “different”, and the left one (normally the healthy one) feels lower & a little awkward. I’m hoping it’s getting used to moving in the “correct” place now. The right hip actually moves normally when I walk now, so that’s great. Ye-ha!
Anyway, the plan is to BIKE until I’m able to run. Bike like it’s my job. I’m also trying to do some groundwork so I’m ready and have a plan when I’m able to run again. I’m reading a few books on training over the holiday weekend, and am going to map out a strength/cross-training/stretching/food/preventative chiropractic care plan. So excited! I’m still not sure on the running part of the plan yet — I’m going to sketch out what I think might be good and then go meet with a couple of people. I need to be as smart as possible this time around… I’m not completely naturally talented, so everything’s going to have to go right if I want to have a shot at the trials.
I’ve decided that the main goal for the fall will be Chicago. I’m really excited about it! Derek was the one who planted the seed. I applied for their elite development program & am waiting to hear back. That allows me to register as late as September 1st. If by late August I’m running and racing well, then it’d be worth the trip/expense. If not, I have a free/elite entry into TCM. That’ll be the back up plan.
Until then, gotta do whatever I can to get myself to be able to run!