Sunday, June 30, 2013
So, I've finally done it. In all my zeal, I've finally injured myself.
After running Monday, I was tight, but nothing unusual. When jogging and yoga over the next few days left me feeling like I had a sort of permanent cramp in my right hamstring, though, I realized that this wasn't just normal soreness. Sure enough, I have myself a VERY mild grade 1 hamstring strain.
Now, this is sort of a good thing. It's mild. It's grade 1. I listened to my body and realized something was off and didn't push so hard that it became significantly worse.
But it also really kind of sucks. It'll be 2-3 weeks before I can really get back to jogging, and I'll need to do physical therapy stuff for 8 to 10 weeks. This completely changes my workout schedule.
So now what? Yesterday and today have been spent staying off my legs as much as humanly possible, save for hourly very slow walks (to keep blood flowing) and VERY gentle stretches (just til I started to feel it at all in my hamstring). Tomorrow, I'll start some small resistance band exercises and a little more stretching to help make sure any scar tissue lines up the right way so my muscle doesn't get weaker. Depending on pain and the amount of strength in my injured leg relative to my uninjured one, I'm hoping to start some walking this week, but that's not a given. Then I'll build up my muscle strength and workout intensity as the physical therapists sign off.
I'm trying to look at this as an opportunity. After all, I'd much rather address muscle imbalances in my hamstrings, hips, and calves now than 5 months from now when I'm right in the middle of training for a half marathon. Even better, getting stronger now and continuing to incorporate these PT exercises could really help me have a much more injury free running experience as I progress. This very set back could be what helps me have a really great half marathon experience.
In this whole process of learning to love myself and honor my body, I'm really trying my best to be patient with this, knowing that I'll come out of it stronger than I was when I started. I also know that if I don't fix this now, I could end up out a lot longer.
But. I am not a patient person. I'm not good at waiting. I want to be better NOW! Ha!
So here come an interesting few weeks.