Report Progress log from the Granite State in Progress & Success Stories Posted October 29, 2016 Been a long time since I checked in here... So, here's what happened... Ran the BAA 10K in a very slow time. Hip continued to aggravate me - sometimes seeming like it would heal, then coming back and becoming worse. I kept trying to keep a mild running schedule going and it wasn't easy. All the races I'd planned to run all summer with the exception of that one 10K were for naught. Finally, a few weeks ago, it was getting to the point where any pain I had would actually fade the more I ran. I might feel it in the morning, but during the run it wasn't so bad. While my hip was finally healing - and the orthopedist was no help - my Achilles continued to be in varying amounts of pain. However, again, when I would run, the pain would fade during the run. Over time I started losing some of the weight I'd put back on. The strangest part was the frustration I was feeling at not being able to run. Finally, there's no hip pain (though the Achilles is still bugging me) and what happens? Weather. I'm getting back to a normal running schedule - trying even to do long runs from time to time (got up to 5 miles a couple of weeks ago). My 'standard' runs are usually something over 5K. The latest surprise was this past Wednesday when the Gate City Striders (the running club I joined) did their annual Candelight Relay. Random teams of four do four miles - each member doing four laps of the track at a local high school. What I didn't know was that you ran one lap, waited for your teammates to run their laps, then ran your next lap, etc. So it was four 1-lap runs. I proceeded to set 4 1/4 mile PRs. During my normal run/walk sessions, I'm averaging about 11 minutes/mile. Well, when I did the last lap, I decided to leave it all out on the track with a kick on the final straightaway and I ended up doing the 1/4 mile at a 7:01/mile pace (previous laps were around 7:51/mi and practice was at 9:45/mi)! I remembered a time in junior high school when I couldn't run once around the track. I was so winded from trying, I could barely walk the rest of the way and even my TONGUE hurt... 400 meters was more than I could do. Granted, being on my feet at all was an accomplishment since I had a doctor tell my mother that I'd never walk again (after major surgery on my feet when I was 6), Now my biggest frustration is the rainy weather keeping me from getting out.