Its been 25 days since I ran the Rock n Roll Half Marathon and I haven’t run more than 3.6 miles since that day.
I. AM. LOSING. MY. MIND.
My house has never been so clean. My car has been vacuumed, windows shined, and cleaned from top to bottom. I cut my grass twice. I experimented with multiple new recipes. I made muffins. (I never make muffins.) I’ve checked off over 80% of the items off my to-do list… and I’m still going. I’ve also signed up for at least five more races – all of which I can’t even start training for yet!
My hamstring has kept me sidelined. Clearly, I’ve been trying to fill my time but again, I am losing my mind! I must admit that I never realized how much I use that muscle in every day activities! During these four weeks that I’ve been benched from any running activity, I’ve also been unable to do the other things I enjoy. Generally, when I’m not running, I am spinning. It’s a great cross training activity as an alternative to running on days I am just not feeling it. But, with a pulled hamstring, I’ve been unable to take any classes. I even tried taking a boxing class (very therapeutic!) but the next morning my hamstring hurt so much that I was barely able to make it down the stairs.
So, for over two weeks now, I have literally had no form of exercise. I’m sure there are other things that a trainer could tell me to do in order to get in some form of fitness, but I wasn’t willing to risk injuring myself even more. To say that I am feeling lethargic and pudgy is an understatement! Then, there’s the feelings of “losing my cardio endurance.” I am afraid that I’m losing the endurance to maintain long runs! I know muscle memory is a legitimate thing and that it will come back quickly, but its one of many irrational thoughts I’ve been having during this time. I just miss getting out there and losing myself in my thoughts during a good run and the feeling of accomplishment after its over.
A few days ago, I met with a running coach to help me rehab it back by strengthening key surrounding muscles. I have some very specific exercises that I’ve been doing for two days now and, today, I am going to give a very short run a try and HOPE that I make it through with no pain. I really need to get back to my own sense of normalcy. I don’t have much left to clean… or at least nothing I WANT to clean! Fingers crossed today’s run goes OK!