I ran yesterday. The first non-stop run since my SI joint acted up last Tuesday.
All in all I’d say it was a good run. I didn’t push myself as I didn’t want to get hurt again. At this point, I’d rather run slow then not run at all. I think my family agrees as I seem to be addicted to endorphins. When I can’t run, I get just a bit grumpy. I’ve never been one to get a runner’s high, at least not that I’ve noticed. I can notice though, that if I don’t run I just seem more moody and angry at the world. Fortunately I am a pretty laid back person, so I can hold in most of my frustration. It is amazing though how I miss that ability to get my frustrations out while on a run. I guess I get a runner’s mood boost rather than a runner’s high. Either way, it really helps.
So my running yesterday was a good thing for everyone. I ran in my old Saucony Mirage shoes. I am trying to get away from my Fastwitch shoes because I think they might be some of the reason for my injuries. I am a heavy runner and they are basically a racing flat. The Mirage are much more built up and steady. The Mirage I ran in yesterday also only have about 100 miles on them, so they have plenty of time left on them. I will be going to my Brooks PureFlow 2 after I get over my SI joint issue. I don’t want to introduce another variable into my running until I know I am well.
Back to my run. I got in 3 miles at about a 9:30 pace. My hip felt a little strange. It didn’t hurt, but it did feel like it wanted to turn inward as I ran.
Today I am going to walk a mile before my run. I hope that will loosen me up more and remove any stiffness.
I guess running has become a way of life. I never thought I’d become so dependent on it, but I’m glad I am!
Running is an addiction. A GOOD addiction. Glad you got your mood boost!
Thanks. I’m glad you got back so quickly. We need to keep our addictions fed!
No kidding! Otherwise we will both turn into grumps and no one will want to put up with us. 😉
Not running definitely changes my mood, I am a total grump! I am happy your hip is feeling better! Taking things easy/slow seems to be in the air lately! 🙂
Thank you! I agree about taking it easy. Strange that taking it easy is so HARD. 🙂
Oh my heavens, its soooo difficult to feel held back!
Good to see you’re back to solid runs! Running is definitely a mood lifter for me! The extra energy you get from an early run sets you up for the day, and a run after work washes everything out if your mind.
Very true. Yesterday my hip wasn’t good again, but we have a weather front coming through, so I figure that could have been some of it. Thanks!
I’m glad you’ve managed a run!
Thank you. Yesterday was another story. But today is another day. 🙂
I would say I experience a mood boost more than a runner high. Except after a race.
But if I’m feeling tense, a run always fixes if. Even crappy runs.
I know you said you don’t like cross training, but have you tried any yoga hip opening stretches? Pigeon is an especially good one for runners.
I haven’t tried yoga, but I know runners who do. Thanks for the tip. I’ll look up Pigeon and see how it goes. I need something to get me back and I REALLY appreciate the help!!!