Well, since I’m taking a forced hiatus from running, I’ve turned to stretching. That’s a good thing, because it’s definitely my weakness. I know all about the benefits, but choose to ignore the facts. I’ll give a half-hearted two or three minutes after a run, but that’s it. So here I am, hobbled and staring down my stubbornness.
I picked up some stretching DVDs on sale yesterday and have already put one through the paces. A good 50 minutes of stretching today. A 25 minute session this morning before work and another 25 minute session this evening to relax after a boring 12-hour shift. The stretching sure feels good.
And it turns out that my particular injury stems from this particular stubbornness. I pulled up on my calf at the end of the tempo section of my 13 mile run last Sunday. That was after running hard and steady through a series of hills, which strained that portion of my calf since it’s typically tight.
So even though I knew that I needed to be stretching, I wasn’t.
And now I’m paying for it.
So my down time is being filled with corrective action. Which feels real good. And knowing that I’ll come back stronger (and looser) feels great!
Plus, the bonus is that Goddess is right by my side! 😀