It happened. The run that I have been waiting for. You all told me that I would find my running groove again and I knew I would, I just had no idea when it would happen. I’m not calling this a comeback (yet) but its a huge step in the right direction.
Even though I have been back to running for a few weeks now, things still felt weird and not 100%. I knew a huge factor was simply my muscles getting used to running again. The runs I was doing outside took a lot of work- a long warm up, lots of stretching and foam rolling after, and usually involved walking breaks. They also averaged 2-3 miles.
Over the past 3 weeks I have also placed a huge focus on glute strength. I talk about this all the time but for awhile I couldn’t feel my glutes working no matter what I did. Then I learned some different exercises in PT, and along with getting my pelvis in proper alignment, I started to feel my glutes again.
I realized that when they were working, everything felt better. So I have been doing lots of strength training including Body Pump and CX Works classes whenever I could make it there.
Last Wednesday I was feeling great after Body Pump and CX Works in the morning and a trip to the chiro in the afternoon. I had planned to run before work on Thursday, but I woke up with an extremely stiff neck. I was in quite a bit of pain and there was no way I could run.
This week, I once again planned for a Thursday morning run and I was finally able to make it out there. I haven’t run outside before work in quite some time. It was 40 degrees and still dark when I left. But I wasn’t dying the whole time, my hips didn’t feel tight or “off”, and I felt like my glutes were doing what they are supposed to do.
I ran 3 miles with hills, and it felt challenging in the way that running is supposed to. It made me remember why I love those early sunrise miles and why I worked so hard to get back to running.
Happy Friday everyone!
What is your favorite time of day to run? (Definitely first thing in the morning for me!)
How much will you be running this weekend? (I have a busy weekend but hoping I can squeeze in 3-4 miles on Saturday morning!)
How often do you experience a run where everything just feels “right”?