Finally off the injury couch

I am so happy to report that I am finally pain-free from my hamstring/glute injury.

A few days ago, after doing weeks of run/walk intervals, I completely ran 3.50 miles. I took a few breaks to stretch out my back and hamstrings. It was more of a jog than an run but I wasn’t walking. Other than feeling tired, I had no residual pain and it gave me a great feeling of accomplishment.

It is probably the first time in my life that I actually followed medical advice. The pain specialist told me to take 6 months off and rest and concentrate on re-educating those muscles with stretching exercises. I did and I also began doing restorative yoga.

The most important lesson I came away with was the importance of stretching before and after a run. Prior to injury, I was very complacent when it came to this, but no more. With that being said, I’ve been using resistance bands, stability balls, etc. to do stretching and strengthen the glutes. I also recognized the need to do more core work and my trainer and I have been doing more of that in our sessions.

I now look forward to running my first 5k, since fall, in Gettysburg in a few weeks.

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