Good morning, friends!
It's time for an update on the 5K Spring Training Challenge!
Unfortunately, my update is that I got hurt, boo. I'm pretty sure it happened last Tuesday when I was doing my butt exercises and I guess I got a little butt crazy because I woke up on Wednesday morning and my inner thigh/groin area was in a lot of pain. I just thought it was from the squat challenge and that it was a sore muscle or something from working it.
So, that morning, I got up, got ready and I went out and ran 2.6 miles and it seemed like the pain went away. I was so excited that I had the time to run and that I could go...I felt like a real runner. I guess I still get excited about that. Anyway, I went about my day afterwards, was a little sore, but actually ran that night, too and even ran in the rain! When I woke up on Thursday morning, I could barely walk. Again, I just thought it was sore muscles not an actual injury. By the end of that night, I was in a WHOLE LOTTA pain and I finally accepted that I had actually hurt myself. I was warned by my friend, Missy that I was to REST for a few days and take it easy.
Do you know what I do when someone tells me that I should rest? I want to NOT rest. So, I asked her, "What exactly does that mean? No running?" and she said, "It means rest...as in try not to do much at all." and I said, "Like, not even walk??" and finally she conceded that easy walking might be okay.
Well...on Friday, I went out for my walk and I quickly realized that it was a BAD idea...and the worst part is that I didn't fully admit it to myself until I was about a mile out...which meant, I had to walk about a mile back...I'm obviously stubborn and can't admit weakness...is that a bad thing?? I know, I know, better to rest than to suffer a severe injury down the road.
SO, I had my first injury...and it sucked...and it sidelined me for the weekend and I still haven't run this week yet. I plan to, though, tomorrow. I feel great and I hope that I've given myself enough time to fully heal and that this little injury is behind me. Because I have a race to train for!
Tomorrow, my buddy and I are going to do some sprint training. Has anyone does this? Apparently, it can really help when you're training. Basically, you warm up for about 5-10 minutes with a jog, then alternate for 30 minutes of sprinting then jogging, then a 5-10 minute cool down.
I'll let you know how it goes! Hope everyone has a great, injury-free, week!