Happy Monday everyone! January is ticking away, and I’m easing back into running.
My runs didn’t feel amazing, but they usually don’t after a layoff. I have NO plans to run races or do any sort of speed workouts for awhile- just running for the fun of it. I won’t run races until I’m done treating the injury. Injuries are even more expensive than races (and the expenses like gas, hotel, meals, that come with them) and its taking my spending money right now. I can’t pin on a race number and not push myself. Sure, I can tempo a race or use it as a workout, but that’s risky if you’re not 100% healthy.
The worst part of injuries is missing out on the group runs, pictures, and post-run brunches, so I was so glad I got to do those things this week!
|Monday||60 min Arc Trainer + 45. min BodyPump|
|Tuesday||5.2 miles + Active Release Therapy|
|Wednesday||60 min. Elliptical + 3.1 miles|
|Thursday||4 miles + 60 min. BodyPump|
Monday was the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and I found this awesome graphic that applies to life and injury recovery. Since I ran on Sunday, I took Monday off to cross train instead. Planet Fitness was packed, but I got 60 minutes of Arc Trainer in, then went to a BodyPump Express class at The Zoo that afternoon.
On Tuesday, I ran a few miles, then headed to my appointment with Dr. Jimerson. He gave me some new exercises to do and encouraged me to keep up everything I’m already doing (because my hip/glute seem to be healing).
On Wednesday, I ellipticalled a bit that morning, and hopefully that turnover/cadence translates to running once I can start training again. That evening, I decided to try a few miles at the Fleet Feet Summerville Pub Run. It was chilly out and I debated skipping the run, but Melissa convinced me to come. I ran an easy 3.1 miles with the group, where I warmed up quickly but kept it easy since it was dark outside and I didn’t know the route.
For me, the worst part of injuries isn’t the lack of training, it’s not seeing my friends and training partners. Even if I’m running easy, it feels great to be running SOME and back in the post-run and pre-run pictures. Fleet Feet Summerville did a great job of hosting the pub run, and we had a good crowd.
Thursday was easy miles, and on Friday I saw a different sports massage therapist, who happens to also be an RN and a triathlete. She had a lot of good insight in my hip/glute injury, why I got injured, more exercises, and other ideas. I’ll definitely be going back because you can’t beat a massage from someone with a medical and athletic background.
On Saturday, I did the Charleston Beer Runners Bridge and Brunch. I didn’t feel up to running over the whole bridge with them, so I just started at our brunch destination and ran an out and back course.
We had brunch at Coleman Public House in Mt. Pleasant, one of my favorite places. They have $15 bottomless mimosas at brunch, and two of my friends found the bottom of the mimosa because apparently they cut you off at 4 PM. I had the veggie burger with goat cheese, spinach, caramelized onions, and tomatoes, along with fries. It was delicious!
Sunday, I finally felt up to going to the Hampton Park OnShore Recreation Group Run. We had a big crowd, and I ran with Howie, Tom, and Brent.
Seeing friends really perked me up, and I’ve decided I won’t let my injuries define me. Even if I can’t run fast or long, I want to be my friends and training partners. I can always cross train or run a shorter route, then brunch with everyone.
After the run, lots of people headed to brunch, and I came home to have brunch with Clay and do some things around the house, plus watch football. I can’t believe NFL is almost over and we only have a few weeks until the Super Bowl. Hope everyone has a great week!