Hello my lovely running fiends,
I always enjoy reading what people have been getting up to since graduating, so here (if you are interested) is a little post-grad update from me.
I graduated two weeks ago, and have since completed 5 x 30 minutes runs over the course of the two weeks. Would have been 6 as of today, but have come down with a cold and feel too rough to run. I probably could have forced it, but didn't want to risk demoralising myself by having a tired, coldy, possibly crappy run. Instead, I did some yoga specifically aimed at strengthening hips, glutes and back. Just 15 mins, followed by some knee strengthening exercises – and it felt good. I am going to turn a negative (stinking cold) into a positive (focussing on strengthening) and not fret about missing runs. So gremlins, if this was your lame attempt to get me down, you lose, suckers. You truly don't know who you are messing with here!
I had a sore hip post graduation, which knocked me for six and made me sad. However, this is where this forum totally helps, I posted and got lots of lovely sympathy and some great suggestions in terms of what kinds of stretching to do, and myofascial releasing. I was planning on visiting a physio if it didn't clear up, but the stretching and resting has helped no end and I think it is healing nicely.
I have been logging my runs, on a chart I devised that is now stuck on my fridge. It is lovely to see this every time I go into the kitchen! The plan is to consolidate my 30 min running for around a month, and then move on to park runs and some interval training. I have no desire really to run more than 5k – for now!
For now, I am focussing on form, strengthening and regular running. Whilst being out of action due to a cold, I shall just do some yoga and strengthening – and plotting and planning for future running adventures. I am mildly curious about the Lunge Matrix technique, secretly hoping it involves Keanu Reeves materialising and becoming my personal trainer...
Happy running to you all.
Sadie's Nose Runs x