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Embracing The Changes In Life

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Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

Ready To Let Loose And Run?

Being injured is not fun. Also knowing how far to push, how little to push, how much rest, how little rest, how much a lot of things and you risk re-injury. You do too little and you lose a lot of fitness, and you might actually hinder recovery if the area needs to be worked.

So the reality is probably the best thing to do when injured is to see a doctor or go to physical therapy. Once again I am not a medical professional and this is just my personal opinion. However when you factor in schedules, lack of childcare, and money for said Dr. visits, most of the time I don't usually make it to the doctor's office or PT. So with this injury so far I have taken it upon myself to just try to listen to my body.

However I realize had I gone the medical route.....

I might possibly be back to full running at this point. But you have to do what you have to do to make it work for you and your family. So this is where I currently am.

Today's run felt much different then previous runs. The tenderness was much much less. I did take a little time off this week, which gave it additional rest. But I also remembered with my tendinitis in my foot that the doctor had told me to ice the area immediately after my run. I realize with the muscle strain that you don't want the area to be too tight, and you need to have it stretched. But for the last couple of runs, after walking to cool down, I've been icing my hamstring area. I really think that is helping. I'm sure that I have inflammation.

But thankfully I am seeing progress. Lil Man watched Curious George and ate his breakfast, while I got in a few miles on the treadmill this morning.


I haven't tested any inclines yet (other than 1% on the TM)  as that seems to be when the majority of the tenderness comes into play. I have found that running a little faster on the treadmill actually is less tender then running slower. I think it has to do that I shorten my stride when I am running a little faster. Or maybe I just enjoy running faster, and the adrenaline is pumping, and I'm not noticing any tenderness :)

I hope to run outside on Monday. If I do, I will have a few inclines in my route, and we'll see how it holds up.

But I have to say, running 3 miles today, sub 9 pace, did my heart some good.


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