It was mid last week when I realized I actually felt pretty good while standing, walking and even running. Back pain was really only noticeable when I was sitting, specifically at my desk chair at work. That's when the lightbulb went on - common sense tells you to rest an injury but could it be possible sitting was slowing recovery??
I had my desk chair adjusted and also made an effort to do more work while standing, which has made a world of a difference. It's a habit I plan on keeping around even after my back is fully recovered. Just like no good comes from idle hands, no good comes from idle glutes or an idle core.
So this week I finally feel like I've turned the corner in recovery. My back is feeling about 85 percent. Training is on again and I can run pretty much pain free although I still need to take it easy with strength training/gym work, especially anything involving weights or jumping.
And believe me, I need to get back to regular training fast. With my time off, I've been indulging a bit too much on things like
So ... yeah. It's time to get back to the normal routine. This week's training plan from Coach Matt includes:
Monday: 5 glue miles w/strides + Y-Blitz
Tuesday: 7 mile workout, inc. 10x400m
Wednesday: 4 recovery miles + Y-Fuse + Y-Core
Thursday: 5-6 glue miles w/strides + Y-Blitz
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 9 mile run
Sunday: 5 easy miles
Total: 35-36 miles
This week I'm so energized to train! Besides feeling better, I'm also excited to run after spectating the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon Relay over the weekend. Even though I couldn't run, I still wanted to cheer on my Oiselle teammates.
Photo by Melissa Bennett
Seriously, if you ever need a little extra motivation to run, go spectate a race. My legs were itching to run as I saw how much fun everyone was having. It reminded me how great it feels to run fast and put in that hard effort - but also that there are really great people in the running community. I loved seeing so many of the people I know in the running community as they ran past me on the track. Next year, I will definitely be on the other side of the track barrier ;)
So that's my update! My questions for you:
- Have you ever had a back injury? If so, how long did it take you to recovery/what things did you do to speed recovery?
- Do you use a standing desk at work? Or, what strategies do you use to avoid sitting for too long?
- What motivates you to run when you're feeling a bit down?