Well, I tried.
I had a couple weeks of decent mileage. Felt some minor pains, but not quite enough to convince me to pull back.
Or, Monday, to be precise. Having run a couple of six milers and a seven miler in the last two weeks, I decided that—come hell or high water—I was running 8 miles on Monday. And so I did.
I felt clunky. I never got into that comfortable groove. In hindsight, I think the tightness in my hamstring was causing me to alter my stride slightly. At around mile 5, both my right hamstring and my right knee started aching. Oh, and my right big toe, too. I ran the 8 miles at a faster pace than I should have (although not terribly fast).
I iced the knee and hamstring, then applied heat to the hamstring.
I had an easy 4-miler (with the dog) planned for Tuesday, so off I went, curious about how my body would react. I made it through the run, but later that day, I knew I was done for a while.
This has been a tough year for this old (feeling) body. I'm also nursing some other non running-related injuries, so my body is currently a mess.
Aside from a short & slow pre-donut run I promised my youngest daughter this coming Saturday, I'm taking a few days off from all exercise. Then, I'm going to basically start over. Everything will be short, light and easy for a while. I'm going to vary my workouts quite a bit. I may do a short run one day, bodyweight exercises another, ride my Schwinn Airdyne on another, lift light weights on another, skip rope, ride the bike trainer, etc. Basically, it'll be a general fitness program until I can get past these aggravating injuries.
Oh, I'm not done as a runner. My body just wasn't ready for what I was asking quite yet.
Until it is, I'll see if I can slowly get this body back to where it should be...i.e. not hurting!