Running rehab

treadmill2Feeling like I’ve finally turned a corner in this years-long rehab.  While I’m not completely ‘back’ from the bizarre double-hamstring injury of three-plus weeks ago, I’m back on the road.

I’ve logged three short runs this week, and the results, while mixed, have been improving…and not from a ‘time’ standpoint. Continue reading “Running rehab”

So many things to do, so little time

I want my time back!!

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.

So here’s a quick update – It’s been four weeks since the hamstring(s) injury.

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!