Sorry folks – it’s been a couple of weeks since the last entry. Time is at a premium these days. In addition to the full-time job, I’m working my way through a military training course (several hours a week) and I’ve recently picked up a part-time marketing gig (another 5-7 hours each week), so time to write is getting hard to come by. The good news is that this military course is done the first week in May.
As I suspected, it’d be either one week for a strain, or perhaps up to 3-4 for something worse. Well, it was something worse.
While I was moving around fairly well after a week on the shelf, it was fairly obvious that I wasn’t going to be running anytime soon.
At the 3 1/2 week mark, I decided to go for a short run through my neighborhood. Of course, my ‘hood features rolling hills – not ideal. But my gym membership ran out last week, so treadmilling it wasn’t an option. (That gets fixed next week on payday!)
About a quarter mile into the run, it was clear that my left hamstring isn’t where it needs to be. While not painful throughout the entire run, any unsure step gave me feedback, telling me that it just isn’t up to speed.
It’s a strange thing – with this being a hamstring injury, I figured I’d only be limited in speed. Not the case. The uncomfortable part occurs when I’m swinging my left forward to take a step, as opposed to bounding forward.
Not sure what to do at this point, beyond taking it easy. I’ve been doing more cardio stuff on the elliptical, and swimming. I haven’t tried biking yet, although I’m pretty sure that won’t work just yet.
Three days after running, my entire left leg is still very sore. Fortunately, it’s the good kind of sore, so I’m not super-worried about that.
I’ll be hitting the treadmill at my local military base tomorrow, and will provide an update!
So true! The first thought I had after injuring my hamstrings was not whether I was OK. The first reaction was whether it’d be one week or three before I could get back on the trails, followed quickly by “how far will this set me back for my next race in April?”
Injury was nine days ago, and I’m just today back to walking normally. Hammies still bark when walking uphill, though. So it looks like a few more days before running again.
The morning swim (the first in several months, as I’d been focused on getting back on the road) replaced this morning’s run. If you don’t think you use your hamstrings while swimming, I’m here to tell you…YOU DO. Especially while kicking and simultaneously turning to breathe!
Still, I got 1000m in, followed by a 45-min walk, and felt pretty good – can’t complain too much about that!
My plan is to put as much distance between me and him as I can each day. That means taking care of myself and living well. I will use every ounce of energy I have down the home stretch to keep it at bay. And I will have a lot stored up when the time comes.
One day age will win. But today is *NOT* that day!