Monday, April 24, 2017
Seems like I've been struggling the past few years with pervasive injuries. In 2015 it was my right calf. Last year I was lucky - I wasn't injured. This year - it's my right hamstring. I have NO idea how I injured it. I was in Chandler Arizona for a business meeting and went for an easy run (about 4 miles). Chandler is flat...and I mean FLAT. The route I took was the same one I did the day before and had no problems. This time, however, I got to the 3.5 mile mark and felt the muscle pull. It was painful - but nothing so serious that I thought it would sideline me for a while.
I waited 10 days and went for a Sunday morning run. No problem throughout the run until I got to the 5.7 mile mark (and was on my way back to my car). Right there I felt it pull again - same exact muscle. Really frustrating. Ok, I thought - I just need to rest it longer. I waited another 2 1/2 weeks for it to heal and decided to go out for another easy run. I wasn't even 2 miles into the run when again - I felt the muscle start to strain and stopped running before I really did some damage.
After some research and discussion with a friend who is a triathlete and who had a similar injury I realize that I'm not going to be able to run until at least June. So, I need to put together a different approach - but actually one that will force me to focus on cycling and swimming (two of the three sports of the triathlon I want to do in August). I'm going to also put more time in the gym to build more strength. So, while I am out of the running game for a bit - I'm going to turn this around and make good use of my time to build up on my cycling and swimming skills to prepare for the triathlon.