Since Bare Lee's running streak came to an end, maybe it's appropriate enough that I end his weekly mileage thread starting streak too. Anyhow, took a bit of break from the boards here, which stemmed in part from my left hip going bad and making it such that I couldn't run without discomfort and when after one run I was even feeling discomfort while walking, well, you know. Time to step back. So that was late July and I wound up only running 5 times and about 30 miles in August. By the beginning of September, the hip was feeling pretty good again, but my mood wasn't very good and it wasn't until the 19th of September that I finally was able to begin running consistently again. So I lost about 6 or 7 weeks of running, an d I was frustrated, a bit depressed, and trying to get myself psyched up to run and get ready for Philadelphia and November 23rd, where I was intending to run the half-marathon. The last week of September I finally put up a week that was over 25 miles and I got back in rhythm. Since then, I've run consistently and peaked last week with 46.4 miles and a final long run of 11.25 miles (found a great hill with that one, it's about 1.4 miles going down, and then 1.4 miles coming back.) Ran a recovery run this morning. Legs were really flat, no spring to them at all, but that's the beauty of trying to taper things back and trying to get to the start line of Philly with springy legs. The left hip has done just fine and I've not noticed any warning signs. Back in July before the hip went bad, I got some weird swelling down in the lower left leg. That's stayed away, so I'm just kinda crossing my fingers and thinking maybe that the combination of the 97 day running streak and the fact that I had run most all of those miles at the same sort of pace had aggravated something. Since getting started up again, I've been including usually 2 sessions of short hill sprints every week, and it feels like that's helping to activate the glutes more. I've been wondering if that contributed to the front of the hip feeling bad, that maybe the left glute wasn't firing well and other parts of the hips were trying to compensate for that. Dunno. Oh well, at least I'm running, feeling good while doing so, and feeling pretty good about the half-marathon coming up. Apologies for the long ramble. Hope y'all are doing okay.