Here's the story as told by me:
I headed to the gym with determination in my eye, hurt in my heart, a positive mind, and about half a bottle of Icy Hot on 2/3 of my body. I started out with a good stretch- holy moley were my hamstrings t-i-g-h-t! I started with a half mile warm up and I was off running. I ran 2.5ish miles when I really radiated my pain; so I stopped, walked a bit, stretched a bit. Then thought- hmm..why not run downhill? You can run slower, it's easier...I found that running downhill really helped delay the onset of my pain. SCORE! I ended up running 6.1 miles. I had proved myself right; I could do anything that I set my mind to.
|Hahah this picture/poster just cracks me up!|
Were the 6.1 miles pain free? Heck No! But I'm getting a lot better at allowing my body to have limits. My body hurt during the run, actually increased from baseline but guess what that night I was back to baseline and the next day my quads were sore from the downhill madness. Case in point: I'm slowly learning to be okay with my body limitations!