A few weeks ago I got a question about how I have been doing since being told to take it easy on the running. I mentioned in this post how I went on a run and felt pain free. Well the next day I woke up and was definitely paying for it. Luckily it’s not worse than before, just the same.
The reason I did end up running was because I felt like my hamstring and back were a lot better. They hadn’t given me any trouble so I figured, why not give it a try? I went to the chiropractor and he said that it was actually good that I ran. (I have an awesome chiropractor 😉 ). He said that it was good to see where I was at. He even said to take a 1-2 mile run this weekend! Hey, at least it’s something.
But back to the question. I am still able to bike and elliptical because it doesn’t hurt my back. It’s only the running that’s the problem.
I felt really good physically by just weight lifting and riding the bike/using the elliptical for the first month. I could see more definition and I felt myself getting stronger. Every once in awhile I would miss running but I knew that it was best to take the time off.
But after that month, I started to crave running. You can only spend so much time throwing around weights before you go a little crazy. I need some fresh air! So I went on the run. Do I regret going on that run? Nope. Not a bit. I’m actually happy I did because it helped the craving and made me realize where I am to help my back recover.
I think the key to staying sane with an injury is to keep your workouts different. Go for a bike ride, go for a walk, lift weights, heck you can even go rollerblading! I wasn’t varying my workouts enough. Hence, I needed a change. I’m still not sure what that change will be but for now it won’t be running. Besides a mile or two here or there, running will have to stay non-existent for a little while longer.
Oh well. I guess I’ll just have to find some rollerblades 😉
How do you vary your workouts?