Thursday, July 31, 2014
Running is going well. I'm up to 1 min running/30 seconds walking for 15 intervals. My leg hasn't been hurting, but it doesn't feel quite right either. I'm finding it really hard to determine between paranoia that I'm doing too much and legitimately doing too much. Nothing hurts like it used to but it just twinges a bit in that hamstring and now I'm sitting on the couch that butt cheek feels a little more uncomfortable. A lot of it is probably because I'm also doing hamstring and gluteal exercises which makes me a bit sore. It's just really hard to know if I stop challenging myself or just keep persisting.
I read an article by a woman who has spent 4 years battling an upper hamstring injury. I've also read about how the tendon weakens and how few treatment options there are. It has all been very depressing. There are stretches and strengthening exercises which I'm doing but it still is sad to think I may still be at this point in 4 years. And I haven't even had an MRI or cortisone injections.
So for now I will keep pushing a little further. And I will keep doing physio exercises and stretching. Strength training has also been going very well. I'm being really careful with squats and cleans. So far so good, but they make me nearly as paranoid about my hamstring as running does.
I think riding my horse more is also making for some strange muscle soreness. New muscles that haven't been used in awhile. Nothing quite replicates it. Hopefully increasing hip/pelvic/gluteal strength riding will help with injury prevention.
I'm doing marginally well with eating although not great. It's been a busy week so that'd be why. I did my measurements and they are the same or slightly smaller than February even though I'm a few kilos heavier. That's positive. Hopefully my body composition is changing with this strength training.
And I think I'm off to take a bath as my back felt much better until my ride this morning.