On Wednesday morning, I went for my first walk/run since Saturday. My plan was to be very cautious and stick to the intervals I had decided on- 1/4 mile walk + 1/2 mile run to total about 5 miles. I didn't want to get caught up in the fact that I was running and throw my plan out the window, thus putting myself in more pain. The goal was for my TFL to not feel any worse after my walk/run than it did before my walk/run. (That morning, it felt slightly tight when I would bend to the side and stick my hip out. On a scale of 1-10, I'd rate it a 3.)
In a way, running felt great. Sweat. Endorphins. The wind in my face. But my legs did not feel fresh at all. In fact, they would ache and feel twinge-y (is that a word?) when I would take my walk breaks. Nothing major, but I sure did feel rusty. My glutes and hips felt fine, so that was a great sign.
At about 6:44, I only had a mile to go. That's when my brain starting spinning. Hips and glutes felt good... and I have some time... maybe I could do another interval or two...
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!
Don't worry, I didn't do it! I stopped when I had originally planned and had plenty of time to stretch and foam roll before I had to hop in the shower.
I thought of loyal reader, Susan, who always reminds me not to "get greedy" when it comes to running. Listening to your body and easing back into running after taking time off should not be taken lightly. That was my problem last Friday. I had taken 12 days off running and then on my first workout back, I basically did a progression run ending with my last couple miles in the low 7's. And then what do ya know? I was in pain after. Yeah, stupid!
I am proud to say that on Wednesday, I stuck to the plan and finished before I felt any hip or glute pain. I did not get greedy and just push out a couple more minutes or a couple more miles. I was conservative. Susan, thank you for always reminding me to be careful!
Another thing that motivated me to play it safe was the fact that our vacation is right around the corner! I want to be able to run in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California! I don't need to run 10 miles or anything, but if I can't at least go on a short run through the foothills in Colorado, I will be very sad! Hopefully if I play it safe now, I can run carefree in a couple weeks!
Do you ever have to reel yourself in when you know you shouldn't be pushing due to injury or a reintroduction of running after some time off?