I’m sure you know where I’m going with this.
I went for a run this morning and it wasn’t quite the glorious return to running I had been envisioning for the last ten days. Bummer.
I took it slow and I didn’t plan to go far, but apparently it was still too much. 1.83 miles and I walked it home because my a** was killing me.
It’s taken me almost all day, but I’m starting to see the positives in what seemed like a really negative situation. So, here’s my sunshine on a cloudy day:
- I am 100% confident that my self-diagnosis is correct. My knee didn’t hurt at all this morning. The pain started deep in my glutes and radiated down my hamstring, almost like a cramp. That, my friends, is tight muscles. It could be a million times worse and I’m very grateful for how minor of an injury this is.
- Tight muscles have a solution. I’m continuing with the Trigger Point massaging and stretching.
- As soon as I stopped running, the pain went away. Actually, the reason I thought I could run this morning is because I’ve been feeling great. I haven’t had any pain or tightness during everyday activities.
- I’m going to be better soon. This setback is temporary and there’s a good lesson to be learned about patience and taking care of myself, blah blah blah.
- I am actually looking forward to swimming. Can you believe it?? Me, daydreaming about the pool? I guess truth is stranger than fiction.
Like the title implies, this is just one step back. I still took those two steps forward and I’m definitely feeling better than I was a week ago. My plan of action from here is to take a few more days off, stretch and roll, then try again this weekend. I think the biggest thing I’m trying to do for myself is not feel anxious to get back to running too soon. Training for the World’s Toughest Half starts Monday, but – worst case scenario – I’ll skimp on the run training and just keep belting it out in the pool. Oh, wait, I think that might actually be the BEST case scenario!