This past week (technically 5 days, but close enough) has been the toughest for me! I never thought it would be so hard NOT to run!
I was going to hit the “gym” in the basement for a quick upper body/arm workout on Thursday after we went out for dinner, but I was told that I needed to just go home and rest (thanks to those of you know how stubborn I can be and told me I needed to just take a night and rest!). So I did just that – a glass of wine outside with my Women’s Running Magazine compliments of Wendy (thanks again!).
I did get in the short workout at the gym after work on Friday to get in the upper body workout that I wanted to do on Thursday, but that was only after I promised to not do anything that would put pressure on my knee (I will have to make up for those squats Patty on another day!) and that I would not jump on the treadmill.
Over the next 4 days, not running was one of the hardest things I have done in a long time! I managed to keep myself busy enough all weekend so that I didn’t get bored. I knew that if I got bored, I was going to want to run!
Last night I did hit the treadmill in the basement for a run. Figured that, even though I hate running on the treadmill, that was my best option. That way, if after a few miles my knee started hurting, I wouldn’t have to worry about how I was going to get home. I ran the first mile and was feeling good. No knee pain, but after not running for 4+ days, my muscles were tight. After the first mile, I slowed and walked for the next mile. Still feeling good, muscles reacting well and feeling good! I did a combination of running and walking for the next mile and ended up finishing my 3 miles in 30 minutes! I will take it!
This morning, I saw this posted from Fellow Flowers and I realized how true this is! I know that I want to keep running and pushing myself to achieve all of goals that I have for myself, but I also I need to make sure that I don’t push myself that hard all the time! I have a wonderful support team that keeps reminding me that I don’t need to push it so hard all the time and I and forever grateful for that! Over the next month or so, I am doing a few 5k’s, but the next Half Marathon isn’t until Mid August. I will keep myself on track for training for that, but I will also remember that I need to take some time to just float!
When I went to the gym tonight to meet with BJ, I received the ok to get back to running! I just have to remember pay attention to my knee and walk for a while if it starts hurting.
Training run with Matt tomorrow (weather permitting) and I am ready! Color Run in Madison on Saturday with Beth and Chad! Let’s get ready to have some fun!!