Yesterday started off fantastically:
1. Body Pump Class with my girl Kimberly (click HERE to read about it) teaching her first full Pump class (spoiler alert – SHE.NAILED.IT!!!). Here’s me a hot sweaty mess after class but feeling so happy about getting “back in the game” -
2. A delicious brunch at a local coffee shop type place with said friend and her super cutie son.
It quickly fell apart to one of the most humbling runs I’ve ever had! The goal: 2 laps around a Big City park for an easy “long” run of 4 miles. The result: 1 lap of PAINFUL HELL!!!!
Here’s what I did to set myself up for complete failure:
1. Been a slug for nearly 6 weeks while recovering from my fall – it’s incredible how quickly and completely fitness is lost!
2. Underestimated the difficulty of “only” 4 “easy” miles after not running for more than 15 total minutes in the past 6 weeks.
3. Set out to do said “easy” run within one degree of the hottest part of the day.
4. Setting out to do said “easy” run on a full belly.
5. Setting out to do 2 loops – I’m NOT a good person to do loops – it screws with my head “I will HAVE to run this whole thing AGAIN!”
6. Do part of a Body Pump class for only the 2nd time in 2 months and then set out to do this “easy” run.
7. Plan to run alone – I’m really a social runner, but can, if absolutely necessary, gut out a solo short run. 4 miles is short, but didn’t feel short yesterday.
8. Stayed up a little too late the night before socializing with friends hydrating with less than optimal performance beverages (but I did have a lot of fun so it was worth it!).
Here’s me, after 2 miles of hating all things running and walking and swearing it off for good!
So what happened?
My lower back SCREAMED at me the entire time. SCREAMED!!!!! I stopped 5 times for about 30 seconds each time to stretch my lower back in the first 1.25 miles. You have to know that I’m not known as a stop-to-strech during a workout kinda girl. The stretches didn’t help much and with 3/4 a mile left to get back to the car in the first lap, I opted to sit on a parking bench and do a 5 minute stretching session. That totally helped – even thought I might be able to gut out a 2nd lap and get all 4 miles of my “long” run done for the week. NOPE – about 1/4 mile after the park bench, my left hip which hurt all of April and May returned. Can’t catch a dang break for nothing!!!!!!!!!! SWEAR!!!!! I’m hoping this was lower back pain was a result of the Pump class and just generally being out of shape and that it will return to normal in a couple of days. Will arrange a massage and chiropractor appointment ASAP!
1. My ankle was awesome – I didn’t notice any pain and the swelling was actually less than it’s been so . . . . that’s awesome.
2. I dug to a deep place to get through this session – if nothing more, I got some mental toughness training in.
3. It’s over – looking forward to the next run . . . . as I’ve been reminded so often before . . . they can’t all suck!
What’s the way you shake off a horrific training run?