This week will not go down as one of my greatest running wise - there has not really been much running to talk about! Obviously, this has not been through choice, and instead my lack of miles have been enforced after picking up an injury niggle. What I have been impressed with however is my ability to cope with this minor setback; I do not feel down about my reduced running or the need to keep things steady for a few more days. Fear of making things worse has actually led me to being rather sensible! This is progress for me.
MONDAY: after Woodhall Spa 10k on Sunday my legs felt sore and I had some sharper pain toward the top of my left leg. To be honest I think I knew I had torn something, you get to learn you own body at times. I went to my Strength and Conditioning for Runners class and Body Pump, however, on the small stretch of running I was required to do, I could feel that sharp pain into my leg which made my running very difficult. Alarm bells were now ringing - this was definitely more than just DOMs. I already had an appointment booked to see my Sports Therapist on Wednesday anyway, so I knew I needed to try and make it to that without doing any further damage.
TUESDAY: with the above in mind, I rested today and hoped to give my leg some healing time.
WEDNESDAY: my appointment with my Sports Therapist was not until the afternoon today, however I woke with what I thought was no leg pain. I had already cancelled meeting my Wednesday running friend, but reckoned I could maybe manage a few easy miles. I was wrong; as I started to run with each step that sharp pain returned. I made it to 0.60 of a mile before I gave up and limped back home. The consultation with my Therapist later told me I had in fact caused a slight tear at the top of my hamstring close to the attachment. Some rather painful cupping treatment was used on the area and I was informed to rest until Saturday.
THURSDAY and FRIDAY: Rest Days
SATURDAY: after virtually no running all week I was keen to run at Lincoln parkrun today. It was also the celebration of the end of the first 6-week block at my Run Club, so I wanted to support some of the fellow members. I was cautious in my approach to running; I literally had no idea how things would feel and was fully prepared to have to run very slowly or even stop if I needed to. As I gathered on the start line I found my friend, it was her birthday in the week and I wanted to give her a belated birthday squeeze before we set off. This did mean however as the 'go' signal was given I was probably a bit further forward in the masses then maybe I had planned. I went with it and slotted in behind my friend. Chasing my friend around the park was very good for me, it kept me at a steady pace which I was working hard to maintain, but I was not pushing myself to the maximum and straining my leg. There was something so familiar about running with my friend too; it felt natural and not like I was forcing myself to slow down. My leg was not perfect, I will not pretend it was; it twinged a bit and was a bit tight, but I could run and I was very happy! I finish in 22:27, a second behind my friend. As we finished, I thanked her for helping me with my run and gave her a proper post run/birthday hug.
SUNDAY: following parkrun, Saturday had been filled with my friend’s planned birthday celebrations, which meant I had enjoyed an afternoon drinking and eating possibly the most perfect cake, followed by an evening out dancing and drinking even more. I had a wonderful time; my friend is very special to me personally and in a running capacity, and I felt very happy in myself to be able to celebrate with her and also to see her looking happy too. I was so content I can honestly say that running the next day never crossed my mind- which it always does normally if I have something out of the ordinary planned on an evening. Unsurprisingly, I therefore woke today not feeling my best…! I knew I did not want to push a long run anyway as my leg was still healing, and the fear of doing something stupid overrode my urge to do a 'long run' on a Sunday. My car was left at the party location, so I opted instead to run and pick it up. I weaved a steady near 6 mile route to collect it and my leg felt improved again - the rest of my body maybe less so!
Next week I will continue to be cautious and hopefully I will be ready to begin training for my next goal in a couple of weeks time…
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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