Well, I finally did it. I finally got back to running after a 6 week, injury-induced hiatus.
I tried to approach my first run back with a lot of caution. I didn’t want to feel good and be like, “Oh, hey, I’m FINE, this is GREAT! I’ll run three miles instead of one” and end up injuring myself all over again. Thankfully, my body made me take it easy. It was like, “Woah, there, buddy, we haven’t done this in a LONG time. Let’s not go crazy.” So it was a slow and easy mile, with a good half mile warm up, and then I finished up with 15 minutes on the bike on a hill setting.
It’s funny, coming back from an injury definitely makes you hyper-aware of all the little niggles and tweaks. Every minute or so it was like, “Wait, my ankle feels weird. Should I stop? No, I’m ok. Now my glutes hurt. Why????” I feel like I’m even more of a hypochondriac now than I was before.
When I was done, I made sure to stretch out really well, and I rolled some when I got home. The good news is, it FELT FINE! It still feels fine today! The rest of me, however, feels like it got hit by a truck, because I haven’t been using my muscles this way in forever, but DANG it feels good!
I plan to take it easy today, and maybe try another mile or so on Wednesday or Thursday. YAAAAAAAY!