I have always loved exercising to music and the lyrics of Christopher Cross’ “Ride Like the Wind” aptly describe the feeling I had of being able to run again for the first time in months.
It is the night
My body’s weak
I’m on the run
No time to sleep
I’ve got to ride
Ride like the wind
To be free again
Last Thursday was a momentous occasion in that I decided to attempt treadmill running – and managed to eke out 10 little treadmill efforts of 30 seconds a pop. I was delighted as since my accident, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t run without a distinct limp in my gait.
I did pull up with a lot of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) and today the physio checked out my running gait and to my surprise, my running technique is pretty good. Thus the weather prediction for slowly increasing my little runs is clean and clear! I was able to do a single leg bridge on the foam roller, much to my surprise and I’ve been given a series of neural drills to encourage my new hamstring to “fire” aka respond quickly – what I will need to do if I am to go faster! I am sixteen weeks post op tomorrow and the physiotherapist is very pleased with my progress.
I also rode my bike and went to swim squad twice last week. Swim squad is really tough – but after four sessions, I’m beginning to feel a touch fitter.
I’m in that weird in between stage where it feels like it’s too early to set a goal (I’m trying hard to ignore the “Three Peaks Challenge entries are open!” texts ) and train with others in a squad situation, particularly with both cycling and running. As a member of both the Uni Cycle and Uni Triathlon clubs, I’m thinking of trying out the early triathlon group to see what it is like riding wise. The Uni Cycle Club seems to have a pretty full on training program to that I’m now entitled to join. Again, for me it’s about having the courage to start.
In the meantime, I need to start rethinking and resetting my goals now as fitness increasing activities are slowly edging out the rehab – which I’m grateful for!
Until next week!