Where Do I Go From Here – Goals for the Rest of 2014

Bennie Looking at my rehab tools
Bennie Looking at my rehab tools

I am still in the rehab process for my hamstring injury, I have a feeling that if I am realistic, not pessimistic or optimistic, I am still 2-3 weeks away from actually running mostly pain-free from my current injury. 

Something I read recently said it can take 21 to 72 days to properly heal a hamstring injury, I guess I got the 72 day variety.

I am not going to start training for anything until July, even though I will be running before then. Why not? 

I know that I am loosing conditioning with the sporadic amount of running I have done all of May and I need to re-build my base during June, to get my confidence back, so that I can do the things I expect from my body while in a training plan.

While this is frustrating as all hell for me, actually it F*&%$*g sucks, because the weather has been just about perfect for running around here. However, I gotta stay positive and this injury time has given me yet another chance to re-invent myself as a runner or at least to look at the things I need to do.

Especially, if I want to run with less pain and a more efficient gait, which I hope will result in drum roll please — less pain.

Yeah, I am kind of centered around pain, for now. No, not the severe, oh I can’t stand it kind of pain that gets all the headlines, instead it is that persistent pain in the ass stuff that never really goes away and is there, especially when I run or if I step wrong.

The kind of low-level pain you can run through and do most other things, but sticks around and says “hello” like a meddlesome, nosy neighbor, comes around when you least expect or want the interruption.

Like that kind of neighbor, I just want it to go away. Continue reading “Where Do I Go From Here – Goals for the Rest of 2014”

Day 3 and Making Progress – RunLog 5/13/14

Well I am past my self-imposed 72 hour, no running decree.

While I can feel that my left hamstring is making good progress, it still doesn’t feel quite right, so am giving myself 2-3 more days of no running. At this point it is not a big deal and I will try to be patient and let things heal a bit more before getting out and pushing it too hard.

I am not worried about the bit of fitness I will have lost over the past couple of weeks or the smaller number of miles that May will have at the end, now the most important thing is to get my legs right for the rest of the year.

Does that mean I am sitting on my butt on the couch and eating bonbons all day. mmmmm No.

I have worked on the spring clean-up outside, mowing the lawn, cutting up downed trees, and all that other physical labor that goes along with making a yard look good.

Also, I have done the self-mobilization and stretching exercises in The Running Injury Recovery Program (along with a few other of my favorite exercises) and am up to chapter 10 in my re-read of the book. Actually I have a feeling that I should probably finish reading the book again, before I start running. I am picking up a lot of great information that is helping me with more than just my left hamstring.

In many ways I wish that I had just done the program last summer, instead of simply rushing back to running like I did. The real reason that I didn’t was because it didn’t meet my impatient side and to be honest while it is a very good program, it is complicated to work through – at least it was for me. It is one thing to do it correctly and the way the author meant for it be done. I would have to go to his clinic and go through a complete cycle to know what I actually was supposed to do.

Which wouldn’t be a bad thing, but I have a feeling that TheWife might have a few words of wisdom for me, if I brought up something like that. 😉

Plus, I have done 3-4 miles a day of Bennie walks.

So sitting on my laurels is not something that has gone on and probably not letting the hamstring heal as fast as it could, but these are things that need, errr according to TheWife have to be done, so as the saying goes a happy wife is a happy life ;-).

Tonight, I did relax with an Epsom salt bath and it felt great!

Things are getting better, but just slower than I want – what else is new.

But it sure was hard to waste the last 2 days of gorgeous weather!