I awoke on Thursday and immediately started exploring on foot. I was surprised at how hilly it was. In Texas, hills were few and far between, but here I couldn't avoid a hill if I tried...so, I didn't try, and, instead, I ran 'em all. I ran for 40 minutes and aside from some minor pain, all was good. I am on my feet all day ducking and jumping over split rail fences, negotiated my way around giant draft horses and schlepping film gear from here to there, but I was pleasantly surprised to have no pain while doing any of this. This was NOT the case whilst in Texas. I ran again the next day and again the day after that. This is my first 3 days in a row since God knows when. I took Sunday off but ran again on Monday and again on Tuesday* once I returned back to Washington. I am starting to put mileage under my legs again, but most importantly I'm experiencing less and less discomfort while doing so. All leg/groin pain has been narrowed down to two muscles - adductor magnus and adductor longus pain (which, essentially is my upper right leg) - and now the battle has begun to annihilate this "last stand". It's time to strengthen and stretch this area and ease any final discomfort and ensure it doesn't come back...so I am doing just that.
I now plan to run every day until I see a reason not to. It's time to get back off the sidelines and join the team. It's time to press again. My time has come. Please let this be so.
*Tuesday's run was very encouraging. I floated down Rock Creek Trail bounding past 1/4 mile markers every 90-92 seconds with playground ease like the Red Fox of yesteryear.