Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The First Run Back...That Wasn't

Today marked the day I was to get back to running.  WHOO!  2-3 miles at a snail's pace was on the schedule.  Um...I think I spent more time getting ready for the run and stretching then I did running.  :(  As soon as I started out I noticed a deep pain/tenderness/soreness in my right quad.  I decided to run for a couple of minutes to see if it needed to loosen up or what.  By the time I got to the end of the street (.33 miles) it was still pretty painful and I was starting to run with somewhat of a limp, although there wasn't any pain on the gradual uphill the last block.  I decided to head back for home and call it a day at .5 miles.  I hobbled the remaining .17 and then just walked the rest of the way home.  At one point, I actually realized that I was full on, bottom lip protruding, pouting.  Hah.  I guess I was looking forward to the run or something.  :p

.5 miles in 4:56 for a pace of 9:52.

I got home and stretched then decided to do some pushups and situps.  I haven't done pushups since the Sunday I got back from the Wild West Relay (whoops!) so over a full month ago, but I have been doing yoga fairly regularly.  I was excited to see where my upper body strength was.  I was able to knock out 20 in a row.  Heck ya!  I think the most I've done prior was 18.  I did my sit up routine (minus the ones that caused my leg to hurt ie:  bicycles, leg lifts, etc.).  Then I did another set of 20 pushups.  I felt STRONG.

After chowing on some dinner, I spotted something in my kitchen that I thought might help out my aches and pains--my rolling pin!  It felt so good/bad/good!  I just rolled out my thighs in all the areas that were sore.  I went back and forth between the right leg and the left leg until they felt 900% better.  I may or may not have packed the rolling pin in my bag to take with me to Taylor's tonight.  :)  Post-shower I coated the quads in a layer of the Biofreeze.  Oh.  So.  Good.

I'm supposed to do an easy 4 mile run tomorrow.  Hopefully I'll be able to get in at least a couple of miles pain free.  I'm itching to get back into training if you couldn't tell.  

Also, I signed up for the Run for Rita 5k on October 10th.  Oooh how I love to race.  Hopefully it hasn't snowed by then, that might hurt my chances to PR if I'm running through snow drifts!  :)  

In super sad news, part of the race photos from the half are uploaded to the website, and there isn't a finish line photo of me.  :'(  There are 2 pictures where you can see my shoulder sticking out behind a runner, but no finishing photo.  I'm so bummed.  Good thing I had such awesome photographers there to snap some great pics of me.

Hit up chicrunner.com for details on how to win a $75 gift certificate for Zensah.  If you win, you can get me a sweet gift for telling you about it.  :)

12 comments:

Mica said...

Aw, sorry about your race photos! There definitely isn't one of my crossing the finish line either. I even looked through the 1000+ lost and found ones. Booo!

20 push ups? You're awesome!

trialsoftraining said...

The Rolling Pin?? Brilliant! you are very resourceful miss J! hope the legs feel better next time....

this reminded me that I haven't done push ups since..uhhh..July?! Fail. ha, way to go with that :)

J said...

I hate when there are no finish line photos - i always try to get in front of ppl and get my picture taken but the photographers just never seem to get me!

Shannon said...

Oh how I love BioFreeze!

I couldn't do a push up to save my life! fail.

Morgan said...

Just keep stretching girl!!!

Stupid race photographers!!!

Jules said...

Take it easy, you'll be back to training before you know it!

Lacey Nicole said...

you responded SO WELL to the issue. look at you being proactive. sure pouting is inevitable, but you took control of the situation. that's more than i can say yesterday. i got really down cuz i was feeling crummy with the shingles and everything and then my legs started aching, and really feel pain so i opted not to go running but i laid around and ate + read instead of working on core or rolling + icing. self-pity= the pits. i gotta take some notes from you! :)

Glenn Jones said...

Hey - you just finished a goal race! You shouldn't even be running for a few days!

Way to get out there and put in what you could and then *not* pushing it when your body told you otherwise!

X-Country2 said...

That rolling pin trick works wonders. Keep at it!

runrapido said...

Ouch! I've battled so many injuries in the past, it's so hard mentally to not be able to run. I'm slowly coming out of my worst injury yet, it's such a long process.
Love the rolling pin! I use a foam roller to roll out my muscles, It's 10-15 minutes of pain but yet it feels soooo good!

Jamie said...

The soreness will go away eventually! Your body is telling you to rest. I know it's tough but you'll be back in no time!

The Washingtons said...

take it easy... nice job with the 20 pushups! -cw