It was a good run.
Keeping a decent weight has been such a slippery road ;-)
This morning, my weight went up to 144.8 lbs. Surely my
sedantary life and the lack of exercise over the week didn't
help. I felt good, though, as my calves seemed getting
stronger. I went on the trail at around 6:40am with a light heart.
I saw quite a few runners including my old gang. Everyone
was smiling and seemed having a good time. The morning cloud
was welcome as it blocked the summer sun and allowed the
light breeze from the bay to cool the running machines.
My calf didn't complain even at mile 8 but raising the right
leg suddenly became painful. It hurt at where the thigh
joins the torso or the hip joint. (The muscles could have been
the psoas major or the iliacus, i.e., the hip flexors.)
Over time, it became almost unbearable.
At a water fountain in the hills, a guy showed a lot of
interest in my Xero shoes and we chatted for about 5 mins.
He didn't strike me as having given a lot of thought about
running or running shoes. It took me blisters and pains over
3 months to get to feeling comfortable running in the Xeros
and I warned him about that.
Onto the levee, the hip flexor pains grew and my speed went
downhill. But I kept at it and finished 13.1 miles at 8:41/mile.