I set a goal that if I could run a 15 miler this week (after missing a week of running) that I would do the Great Bay 1/2 Marathon on Sunday. Thursday turned out to be the day. The weather was perfect so off I went on my run. My hips have been misaligned since I hurt my back. I am not sure if it is the tightness that is still in my back throwing things off or if I just lost the good balance I had because I can't yet do the exercises I was doing previously. I struggled through the run but I still ran 15 miles.
When I went to the Great Bay website to enter on Thursday night it would not let me register (even though the page said that registration was open until Friday morning). I tried again Friday morning but it still said my credit cards were invalid. They are not. I wrote an email to the race director but never heard back. I guess that is a good sign that I should do something else this weekend. If all goes well I will do the Nashua Soup Kitchen Run for Food & Shelter. It's right down the road and runs by my school and many of my student's neighborhoods. And when did they add a 10K to this race? It has always just been a 5k race, now you can do either distance. Choosing which to do will be an interesting decision. I guess it depends on how far I run today.
Here is a good looking set of exercises from Runner's World that are supposed to help you to "Never Get Hurt". They are very well presented and include a few new ones for me to try. You are advised to do them three times a week and they only take 20 minutes. My only thought is that if that girl demonstrating the videos wears those Nike Shox shoes out running, I can guarantee that she will be injured much earlier than she could ever imagine.
You can watch the whole "Never Get Hurt" series in sequence here. I have embedded each exercise seperately below. There are good explanations for doing each drill as well as a reason why each exercise is important.