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Tuesday - 7 easy miles, interrupted (of course) by a stop at Rotary Park for the bathroom.

Wednesday - 12 x 400, total 9 miles. 400s are so easy. The first 4 were solid. Sub-7, all within 1 second of each other. Turned the corner at Seven and Middlebelt, started on rep #5, and just as I was passing the Discount Tire store my right adductor muscle said, "Nope!" I did not swear because I don't, but this would have been a appropriate occasion for it. I hobbled on it a little, tried a tentative stretch, but there was no doubt. Something down there had broken. So, I trotted slowly back the way I came. Since I was nearly halfway out when it happened, I still got 7 miles in.

But the next two days I only thought about running. Instead I hoped for a quick recovery, took some ibuprofen and iced it. August and the first half of September are the important part of this schedule, so I'm not going to jeopardize those just to get miles in during July.

Saturday - Tried a few miles to test things out. Went out prepared for a miracle 8-10 and with a full fuel belt. Also, with my phone in case of full disaster. Ended up in between the two, calling it good after 2 miles out and 2 more back. No big issues, so I gave myself a C for the day. More ice.

Monday - Cancelled Tempo Monday, of course, and did another 4 slow miles.

What I have to do now is decide whether running 10-minute miles for a while is better than completely resting. Will I be doing just enough damage that it prevents me from getting back to plan soon (or ever)? Or will stopping mean I start from scratch when I can go again, meaning I've wasted the last six weeks of training? The answer is likely that it depends on how hurt I really am. No way to tell without trying it. So I'll give the little runs a few days to a week. If it continues to improve (today was slightly better than Saturday), I'll keep going and add mileage back in slowly. Any signs it's stagnant or worse, I'm on the shelf. Bleh.

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This is not something I wanted to read... hoping that it keeps feeling better with each run!

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I'm in a similar spot myself right now. Going to let pain be my guide for the next few days at least.

Can you still do the stair workout in your house? 

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I was all ready to give you a really hard time about saying that 400s are easy (because they are the worst!), but it really sucks you're hurt.   I'm generally in the "keep running slow if you can" camp, but also be very cautious!  Try ART if you haven't.

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10 hours ago, DrWhiskers said:

Can you still do the stair workout in your house? 

Maybe. That would also get me out of the heat, wouldn't it?

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14 hours ago, ocrunnergirl said:

400s are evil 👿.

 

10 hours ago, SIbbetson said:

400s ... are the worst!

What's with all the 400-hate here? One stinking lap around the track. How hard can it be?

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23 hours ago, Dave said:

 

What's with all the 400-hate here? One stinking lap around the track. How hard can it be?

I used Run Faster Run Less one year. One of my he first workouts was 12 x 400. I strained an adductor just like you. Anything short - 200s, 400s - need to be pretty fast so are an injury waiting to happen on my old body. My new motto for speedwork is controlled.

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36 minutes ago, ocrunnergirl said:

I used Run Faster Run Less one year. One of my he first workouts was 12 x 400. I strained an adductor just like you. Anything short - 200s, 400s - need to be pretty fast so are an injury waiting to happen on my old body. My new motto for speedwork is controlled.

That's the weird part - I felt 100% in control, not pushing hard at all. And don't even get me started on having an old body...

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On 7/23/2019 at 6:17 AM, Dave said:

 

What's with all the 400-hate here? One stinking lap around the track. How hard can it be?

It's so stinkin' fast!  I'd rather do a 10 mile tempo run any day.  Although, I had a 200 and 400 workout this month that I actually liked, although still not as much as a long tempo.

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