Sometimes all it takes is a little time & patience…
About a month ago, I was on a run with my husband, and at the very end, my hamstring started to hurt, but in a different way.
I had to slow way down and then stop running. It was at the end of our run, but I didn’t know what this meant for our training for some summer races.
Sure, I’ve been hit before with injuries, and I didn’t want to be here again. That’s where the patience comes in. I tried not to worry, as I needed to be patient, rest my muscle, ice & heat, strength work, plus have faith in my body - it will heal!
Maybe I was pushing myself too much, doing hills too quickly? Who knows…
Next, I decided to rehab it with a routine from a hamstring focused podcast & did some gentle massage. And most of all, tried to relax and have faith in my body…
This weekend, however, I decided it was time. I was nervous, but we headed out on another run, and you can see in my smile how it went. Yes, I had to take it more slowly and ramp up my training again. Did we do some run/walking? You bet we did, but that’s one of the best ways to get back to running after a hamstring strain. Gentle, slow, ramping up of mileage is the best way to go.
Did I trust my body? I did! Did I worry when it twinged the little bit? Almost not at all, as I know that it is normal to have a little bit of discomfort in the recovery. So, having patience, trusting the process, and having some faith in myself and what I know about training in my body, allowed me to get back on the roads training for the obstacle course races that we are looking forward to competing in this summer.
Lesson learned? Yes! Mind over matter sometimes truly works, as does the mindset of ‘I can get through this,’ and I can do anything that I put my mind to as long as I am patient with myself, too.
To say I’m happy with the outcome would be an understatement…I couldn’t be happier, and we’re getting excited for the rest of our training. We’re racing as a family this summer, even with our 10 1/2 year old, and I can’t wait! 💪🏃♀️ #backtotraining #ocrtraining