Last week’s workouts bought a whole lot of up and downs. Isn’t that sort of expected when returning to running after an injury? Luckily, I got to spend most of Sunday morning enjoying the runner’s high that I’ve missed for so long.
Even though last week’s runs went pretty well, for some reason this week my whole body decided to freak out. Some of you may remember I have had on and off issues with my right low back (piriformis/SI joint) for years. That started to flare up (not sure if it was related to the running, or just its usual randomness) and then towards the end of my mid-week runs my ankle got really tight.
I saw my Rolfer and chiropractor on Tuesday and that helped a lot. The ankle was mostly better the rest of the week, but my back still bothered me off and off. I E-mailed Drew a bunch of times and he reminded me of some of the basic warm ups and breathing patterns that I should be focusing on. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in what’s hurting I forget to stick with the basic things I have learned.
Monday: Strength Training
This was week 5, Day 1 of phase 2. I’m writing this a full week later, so I don’t remember much about this workout! Although I have been continuing to use heavier weights and feeling everything more than before. My back had actually started hurting the day before, but felt ok on Monday.
Tuesday: 20 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes treadmill run/walk
I was noticing the tightness in my low back while I was on the elliptical but it actually went away when I stated running. I continued with my run/walk intervals for 20 minutes. Starting at about 17 minutes or so I started to feel tightness in my ankle. I did my usual mobility stuff after but it got tighter as the day went on.
I went to my chiropractor after work (he has walk-in availability) and my Rolfer was actually available. She worked on my ankle and could feel some of the spots that were “stuck”. I also got everything adjusted by my chiro, which I think I needed because I walked out feeling really good- like 95% better.
Wednesday: Strength Training
Once again, I woke up feeling fine and did my strength training. By the end of the day my back was tight again. I was getting really frustrated because if it wasn’t one thing it was something else!
Thursday: 20 minutes elliptical/20 minutes treadmill run/walk
I was feeling hopefully about trying out some running again because my ankle had felt good since seeing my Rolfer and chiro. I ended up doing more walking and less running, but still, my ankle tightened up at the end of my run.
Friday: Mobility, Stability, 30 minutes spin bike
I spent some time working on mobility, stability, breathing, and then just did a really easy 30 minutes on the spin bike. I don’t even remember how I felt during this workout because I was mentally exhausted from thinking about it all!
Saturday: Rest Day
It was pouring rain and seemed like a good rest day. I did some foam rolling and mobility in the morning.
Sunday: 3.1 miles run/walk
Things finally turned around on Sunday. I warmed up at home by doing soft tissue and mobility work and a few exercises. I had signed up or the #RunForTexas 5k and figured even if I didn’t cover the distance I still wanted to donate. But I was hoping to run/walk 3.1 miles, which I did! And I felt mostly good the whole time. I had a serious runners high for a good 3 hours after than.
It was really quite a week and I’m not sure where to go from here. I’m inclined to continue this running schedule and see what happens. I wonder if my body is getting used to running again after such a long break, and being that it’s more of a tightness that comes and goes, rather than pain, I’m not too worried.
I guess I thought that this would be a smooth transition back to running but after everything I’ve been through I guess that’s not very likely.
How were your workouts last week?
Have you ever experienced tightness in other areas when returning to running after an injury?
When was the last time you had a runner’s high?