Because, you see, I haven't been running. Shocker (at least to some people!), I am actually listening to advice and resting right now. I didn't run for six straight days, which really did feel like an eternity. I actually had to unfollow all of the running pages on Facebook so that I didn't get upset every time I logged on and saw posts about running. Meanwhile, I did my exercises and stretches... and that was it. Oh, one day I did do some light-weight arm strength work (biceps, triceps), but I did them seated so as not to tax my legs in any way possible. I wanted to bike... I wanted to swim... but my doctor recommended just doing nothing.
Yep, I've been resting. But I finally went for a run on Wednesday morning with a few of my favorite training partners who were willing to go whatever pace I needed (Tamara and Allison S.). The run was... just okay. Nights and early mornings are actually worst for me. The less I move, the more my injury bothers me. So things like sitting for extended periods of time (more than 5-10 minutes)... oh, and SLEEPING... yeah, those aren't good. Hence, when I first wake up in the morning, I'm very tight and even walking is uncomfortable until I've been up and moving for a bit. I feel best in the mid-afternoon, as I don't sit at all from around 12:30-2:30 PM (when I teach for two straight periods).
Back to the run, though. The first two miles felt like I hadn't ran in, well, in a week. Cinder blocks on my feet. Calves tight. Plodding at best. I started feeling a little more like myself in mile 3. My hip wasn't painful... it was there, maybe slightly achy, but not awful. By the fourth mile, I had finally settled into my normal gait, thank goodness, and that mile flew by (unlike the first 3). I definitely could have ran more, but our loop ended, and I had to decide if I wanted to run more or go home and stretch and foam roll before work. Stretching and foam rolling won (see how SMART I am?). The fact that I felt better after mile 4 than I did after the first couple of miles, coupled with the fact that I feel best when I've been up and moving during the day, allows me to hold out hope that this marathon may actually happen.
I was more concerned with how I'd feel after the run, though. Honestly, though, my groin didn't hurt as much as my super-tight quads did. I tried foam rolling them out, but for the next 24 hours they were causing me to walk funny, they were so tight. On Thursday afternoon I finally got to see my awesome chiropractor again, and he did his magic. A super-duper painful hip adjustment and some awful manipulations, plus Graston on my poor quads. But when I got off that table, I felt like a million dollars. Dr. A knows his stuff!
|Dr. A used that huge one on my quads!|