This winter has not been kind. Between weather issues, the flu and a complete and total lack of motivation, I haven’t been logging that many miles, or even that great of quality lately. And its hard to write a running blog when you’re…not running.
I almost didn’t even post this, because it sounds whiney. And that’s not who I am. But I realized not posting is lying… and you have to be honest. Running isn’t all sunshine and roses. Its hard, and letting other people know when you’re struggling too is just as important as the ‘good stuff’.
So here goes…. here’s how I earned my first class ticket aboard the hot mess express?
You see…since I’m kind of in a “distance off season” I thought it would be a good time to start back into strength training. Which I hadn’t done in oh, three months.
I thought I took it easy – I was using half the weight that I had been back in September. But apparently, my hamstrings were not a fan. Nor was my back.
The next day – O U C H. Like can’t bend, can’t move, kinda laughing at myself over how just a dozen deadlifts (among other stuff) could have caused this.
So I rolled and stretched and got a massage and took it easy with my runs (ie more walking days, less running days). And still…. Several days later…. HOLY CRUDBALLS MY HAMSTRINGS ARE TIGHT.
Plus, I was forced onto a treadmill for a week straight because…ice. And cold. And dark in the mornings with a crazy week at work that didn’t let me run midday.
Well, apparently tight hamstrings and too many days on a treadmill are a bad combo, because it started to affect my gait. And I started landing too hard (and flatly) on my left ankle.
And you know where I’m going with this…. It got hurty.
I noticed it at first at night, or when I pointed my toes. Then it was ‘dang it I stepped down off the curb wrong’ and now…its KT Tape City. And watching my form.
Yes, I googled it. And yes I think I know what’s wrong. And no, I’m not saying. Its not BAD…its just well, I didn’t mind going away on a girls weekend for a few days and not running. LOL
I ran Monday. The hamstrings are still not quite 100%, and the left ankle is still, cautious, but I’ll be fine. And I think i’ll run today – it is going to be near 50 degrees today and the river she calls me.
I’m just trying to figure out how in the world a hamstring led to an ankle injury…And planning to stick with upper body strength training for a while. Or maybe just run….