Swimming instead of running

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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!

Happy Monday!

Starting to feel like a runner again

IMG_1481Funny what a few short runs can do for your psyche.  A few short weeks ago, I was wondering if it was unrealistic to expect to do a few races this summer and fall.

Just a few short post-rehab runs, and I’m feeling great. Continue reading “Starting to feel like a runner again”

For the first time in months, I ran.

IMG_1444In past years, running a mile wouldn’t even warrant an entry on my daily log.  It’d be a warmup, and go unrecorded.  How times change!

Yesterday, I spent eight minutes, 35 seconds on the treadmill, sandwiched between brisk half-mile walks for warmup/cooldown.  Barely enough to break a sweat, but just enough to make me want more. Continue reading “For the first time in months, I ran.”

My shoulders are wrecked today, and it’s great!

swim lanesTrying to get myself back onto a regular training schedule.  With winter being over, snowboarding will no longer dominate my weekends.  The Achilles seems to be willing, after many months off the roads.  I’ve been doing light cardio all winter, in an attempt to maintain some kind of base, and have recently made it a point to get more than one pool session in each week.

Yesterday, I ramped up the effort level a bit, pushing myself hard in a set of two 500s, with pool running and kickboard in between.  (It’s a start….)  Continue reading “My shoulders are wrecked today, and it’s great!”