My physiotherapist has been telling me all along to “Try running” or “I think you should be able to run this week,” but as I limp out of physio, I know for a fact that if walking hurts, running may just kill me. It kind of drove me crazy each time she said that because I felt like maybe I was exaggerating the pain in my head, or maybe I should be running through the pain, or maybe I haven’t told my physiotherapist enough that it hurts to walk let alone run. I decided that I should listen to my body more than my physiotherapist and I have been taking time off of cardio this past week and it has made me feel a whole lot better.
I mentally wanted to challenge a run today. My heart and brain was ready (and has been for 20 days) but I didn’t know if my body was. I made sure to carboload for my big run today.
I also created the BEST DRINK EVER. Steamed almond milk with a splenda and cinnamon steamed in. Ohmigoodness delicious. I forced my mom to try it and she even said how wonderful it was. Extra foam is always the way to go.
I did 3 X 10 minutes of stationary bike at the gym this morning (10 minutes to warm-up, 10 minutes after my run, and 10 minutes to cool down). I also did arms and my physio stretches. I was actually SO nervous to step on the treadmill. I hate not being able to run and this was a true test of how far I still need to go with recovery. The first two minutes felt ok but the rest I felt like I was starting to limp and I got more and more sore. It wasn’t a great mile but it was a mile and last week I couldn’t even walk a mile. My heart wanted to run 17 miles but I settled for one.
I made sure to recover properly from this strenuous run 😉 Compression socks (so at least I can look like a runner), water, iced coffee, and some ice on my butt.
I felt good the rest of the day and my muscles didn’t tighten up and get really sore or anything so I am counting that as a success! I really hope to get back to running this week but as much as I can say that and tell myself that in my head, it is really up to my body.
One mile down. A marathon is only 25.2 more, right? 😉