So it’s been one week and one day since injuring my right hamstring. I have had two physical therapy visits and have already been cleared to incorporate strength-training, in addition to cross-training in the forms of moderate cycling and ellipticalling (is that even a word?). So far things have been going really well. Rumor has it that tomorrow I may even be cleared to incorporate some jumping and other plyometrics into my routine. Music to my ears!
I am confident that I will be back in my running shoes pounding the pavement sooner than later. To be honest, all I really want for my upcoming Birthday and Christmas is to be able to go for a run on each of those days. That’s it. No sparkly wrapped gifts, I just want to be able to run.
But I am being patient, giving my body the TLC it is crying for and fully deserves. In order to keep myself from going crazy, I’ve decided to pretend that I am in training camp for the upcoming running season. Yes, I am completely serious. I used this same tactic for the weeks after Boston leading up to the official start of my NYC marathon training program. During each of my workouts I think back to the many hours spent during pre-season for all of my athletic endeavors, pumping iron in the weight room, doing various drills that are oh so important for the chosen sport, and really got down to the fundamentals. Marathon running may not require working on various skill sets like dribbling in basketball, setting in volleyball, or baton hand-offs in track relays, but focusing on building the strongest base for the only equipment we use – our bodies, is very important. Not taking more time off after NYC was such a stupid mistake, one that I hope to never make again. But I will say I am enjoying having some extra time to spend in the weight room, which I know will aid me in chasing down that sub-3:20 in 2012.
I have also had some extra time to plan my 2012 marathons, which will most likely be one in the spring and one in the fall if all heals according to plan. I wish my body could bounce back from marathons quickly and allow me to run one every weekend, I love them so much, but I do believe that excessiveness in any realm of life is like playing with fire, and I am lucky this cranky hammy is the only injury I sustained from my overindulgence this year.
I am excited to announce my race plans but will save it for another day when I am cleared to get back into the groove of my normal running self. If I can contain myself, I have a good feeling about these ones.