Running and I are going through a rough patch. It used to be that we couldn't get enough of each other. But lately, hamstring issues have come between us. I've had to reconnect with old friends, such as the elliptical and stationary bike. But there's no substitute. I miss running.
I miss long runs around the Lakefront
We still share a few miles every week, but the time is usually pretty tense. Although we've compromised, and I run at a slower pace to extend our time together, I still end up worrying how long it will last before I'm forced to stop.
I know the only way we'll make it back to our previous relationship is by consistently working on it. Things won't go back to the way they were overnight, but they will get better as long as I focus on strengthening areas that have become weak.
Here's this week's plan:
Monday: 4 miles @easy pace; 4-6 miles cycling; 1 hour Body Pump class
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: 4 miles @easy pace; 6-8 miles cycling; 45 minutes strength training
Thursday: 4 miles @easy pace; 6-8 miles cycling; 30 minute core class
Friday: 4 miles @easy pace
Saturday: 8 miles @easy pace
Sunday: Rest Day
These past few weeks have tested my belief in doing whatever it takes. But, spring is finally here in Wisconsin and with the new season, I have renewed hope that my relationship with running will make it through this time and come out of it stronger than ever.
Your turn: Have you ever dealt with a running-related injury? What did you do to recover?