"I'm just self-massaging my buttocks with a tennis ball!"
That caused a burst of laughter from my wife (pictured her at sunset at Farmoor reservoir, where she photographed me doing the graduation run).
Sad to say, I'm on the injury couch, and not, I think, due to running!
I completed C25K with great personal pride and satisfaction. I determined to do a parkrun the week after, and did a couple of practice 5k runs beforehand to prove I could do it. The second practice run was here at Farmoor reservoir and was in 36:03.
Then, foolishly, the day before the Parkrun, I signed up for a free Yoga class at the gym. I had not done yoga ever before, and it wasn't a beginner's class. I pretty much managed to follow all the moves, and afterwards felt absolutely marvellous. Unfortunately, anything overstretched comes out the next day. I seem to recall feeling a bit stiff before the Parkrun, but I put it down to tension. After completing Parkrun (37:36 - not too bad), I found I had quite a bit of lower back pain. So I held off running for a few days, and did the "Stepping Stones" podcast the next Friday (also at Farmoor). Again after it my back was killing me.
I noticed my pace was very slow on Stepping Stones, and wondered (see another post which triggered quite a lot of conversation) whether my natural cadence was much higher than for Stepping Stones. However, I'm now inclined to believe that it was because my back was stiff, and that I wasn't pushing off with the same force as I would have normally.
Since then I've held off running till I'm sure my pulled muscle is healed properly. My physio recommended some exercises, including massaging oneself on the buttocks with a tennis ball!
It's so frustrating! Everytime I spot a jogger out on the road, I feel jealous.
Anyway, tonight was a gentle stroll round Farmoor with my lovely wife, and mercifully there weren't any joggers to make me feel jealous.