Yeah, I didn’t think that I would run until later this week, if at all. After Saturday’s shortened run due to my right hamstring complaining way too much, I decided to take a few days off and let my hamstring stop complaining.
Sunday was a really easy day and I forced myself to to rest – well actually I mowed the lawn, but otherwise I behaved myself and the hamstring while it was not real thrilled about the lawn mowing, it didn’t complain that much.
Monday, actually was easier on the hamstring than Sunday, I just played carpenter for the day and created a new critter seed/food cabinet from two free kitchen cabinets that one of the neighbors conveniently left at the end of their drive way with a “free” sign on them. I even did a mile on the elliptical without any issues.
Today was a long walk down-back with Bennie and Mary where we fought the black flies and the blackflies kicked our arses. Once we made it back, I got on the elliptical and did 6.0 miles at a sub 5:00 minute pace, without any discomfort at all.
So that was very encouraging!!!
Based on that I really wanted to go for a run later in the day for my second workout after 4:00 PM. I did my pre-run warm-ups and when I started I almost shut it right down. There was still a lot of tightness in the hamstring, but that was all it was – tightness. I kept it slow and decided to keep going figured that I could stop at any point where it started to get tighter or sore in anyway.
While I was running, I really focused on keeping my stride short, feet straight and running slow. It worked, I was able to get through 2.0 miles without any issues. However, towards the end of the run my right hamstring started to feel tired. When that feeling started, I knew that I wasn’t going to do more than the 2.0 miles.
Not a long run, but it was a good run and it gives me confidence that the hamstring is doing a LOT better. I will continue to be conservative on what I do and if it starts to feel more than simply being tight, I will shut it down and walk it back. Just have to be careful and listen closely to how much that hamstring complains to me.