I ran my first 5K on Sunday. It was the Chicago Women's 5K and half marathon. It was a beautiful run along Grant Park, along the lake front to the museum campus, then back to Grant Park. I finished in 43:07 and am very happy with that time. I am a 50 year old girl, in therapy for a hip problem, so I'm tickled pink that I finished!!! :) It was a beautiful run and sunny morning, with lots of sign waving supporters along the way. It couldn't have been more perfect.
I do have a question...I walked around for about 45 minutes afterwards, cooling down, rehydrating and visiting the many vendor tents. Everything was going great. I interval run about 3 miles every other day, so I was feeling good with no problems, just a tight hip, which I expected.
One of the vending tents offered post-run stretches from sports medicine physical therapists. I told the therapist about my hip, so he did a lot of hip flexor stretches. At one point, he pushed my knee up to my chest, then twisted my shin inward, towards my other shoulder. It was very tight. On the way back to my car, that knee started hurting. By the end of the day (and still today) I couldn't walk on it. Has anyone had this happen before? I am about to make an appointment with the orthopedic doc that takes care of my hip, but I don't want to run to the doctor for something that is common in newbie runners and will go away in another day or two.
Overall, I had an awesome time! I'm signed up for a 10K in September and looking forward to it! If I can just get this old body to cooperate. ;)