Monday, May 11th: Rest Day
Tuesday, May 12th: 3.11 miles running
Wednesday, May 13th: 2.5 miles running
Thursday, May 14th: Rest Day
Friday, May 15th: Rest Day
Saturday, May 16th: Rest Day
Sunday, May 17th: .5 mile warmup + Make Tracks for the Zoo 5K
So this week ended up very different from what I thought it would be. I started off the week a bit sore from the half marathon last Saturday, but it was nothing unusual and I didn’t really think anything of it. I ran a few miles again on Tuesday and felt alright, but on Wednesday the pain started :(. I was supposed to run 5 miles, but after about 2.5 I stopped because I was experiencing sharp pains in my left hamstring. My hamstrings have obviously been sore before, but this was different. I felt a pain and then it felt like if I tried to run through it, something might snap!
I took the day off Thursday and Friday, and tested it again on Saturday. I still had the same feeling, so I was pretty certain there was no way I could run the 5K on Sunday. I wasn’t going to go down easy though, so I iced, compressed, stretched, and rolled practically all day Saturday hoping something would work! I went to bed feeling about 90% that I would NOT be running on Sunday.
But, on Sunday I woke up and went on a quick run to figure out whether or not I should race that day. To my AMAZEMENT, I did NOT feel the sharp pain and while my hamstring was a little tender it was not worrying me as much. So, I decided that I would not be going for a PR at the 5K, but I definitely WOULD be running!
I’ll talk about the race later this week or next, but I am very happy that I ended up running it. Even though it wasn’t my best time, I really was so thrilled that I was able to run and I’m assuming that my hamstring isn’t as awful as I thought it was. I was really at a low point on Saturday, freaked out that I wouldn’t be able to run for a while, but I ended up probably being a little dramatic 🙂
This week, I am going to continue to ice and stretch my hamstring and maybe not push myself as hard during my training runs. I definitely have learned how important it is to properly warm up before and stretch out after EVERY run, and I will confess that I was definitely NOT doing this which probably led to my sore hamstring.
I hope everyone has a GREAT and HEALTHY week!