Tue - 3K clinic run - very painful. Had to walk as it felt like something was going to snap along my shins.
Wed - Went to chiro/massage. I am STUPID tight, and Dr doesn't really know why. He did say it could be stress related, which makes sense. He did some active release therapy (ART), but said I need to stretch, stretch, stretch and then stretch some more. He recommended taking a rolling pin to all of my leg muscles as often as I can. He thinks a foam roller wouldn't be firm enough for me. I am a freak! :) Went to the group run and did about a 5K tempo runs (3 min hard, 2 min recovery, 2 min hard, 2 min recovery, 1 min hard, 2 min recovery, repeat). Had some pain, but it was better than Tuesday.
Fri - Just an easy 2K walk with my dog who is recovering from an emergency spay surgery due to an infection. She sure was eager to go though.
Sat - Crazy day! Dragged a friend of mine out for a hike. It was supposed to be a relatively easy 5K with one steep section. It was actually a little too easy, although enjoyable. HOWEVER, we ended up taking a wrong turn and as we had a tight time itinerary that we were already running late on, we ended up having to run an additional 3K of hilly terrain ... and were still late. A couple hours later we went out and tried out a horse that I'm now leasing (YAY!). Can't wait to be back in the saddle again. After that we spent the night decorating a cake for my friends 4 yr old nephew. It was a long day, but a lot of fun.
Sun - Went out for an easy 8.5K run with some friends. Still having tightness issues and had to stop at about 5K and do a 10 minute stretch out. I'm not getting soreness after runs, but rather my legs just keep getting tighter as I run. I don't doubt that they were tight from the previous days activities, but I'm sure hoping for continued improvement. I think the key is as soon as things start to get uncomfortable I need to stop and stretch it out. It seems once I get a good stretch in, I'm good to go.
Tonight is supposed to be a clinic run, but there is no speaker so I think I'll skip it and run on my own, and get a few errands done. I'd rather hit up the training run with the group tomorrow night instead. It cost me $5-10 on fuel each time I have to drive to town, so I try to limit that as much as possible.
Sorry for the boring post. Hopefully for my next one I can have some pics of the new horse!!