My hamstring is feeling a lot better. Icing did wonders. I think I am almost over this hurdle, as long as I don't try to push too much.I ran 4 miles on Tuesday and I was alarmingly tight at the end. I could feel a hard tug all night, so I took Wednesday and Thursday off.
Friday I woke up and felt great, so I went out the door to run a 5K before work. It was 97% humidity, but a delightful 50ish degrees.
I ended doing 5 miles and I was late to work ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but it didn't matter because everyone is on Spring break. It was just one of those runs where I found a happy pace, and I could have gone for miles.
I walked a whole mile and did a few skips before I started running. I could feel some tightness on the hills that worked itself out while I was walking. Warming up extra long is good when in doubt.
On my typical route, I hit this spot about three minutes into my run.
It's hard to tell from the pic, but it's a long gradual climb. At the top there's a short dip, then you go up again. It's about 72 ft. elevation gain. I think for my legs at this stage of healing, it's just too much, too soon into a run.
My before work 5K's are awesome, but don't allow me the luxury of a long warm up, and I think that may have contributed to my hamstring issue. Usually, I walk about 3 minutes and I do a few skips. I always spend about 5 minutes static stretching when I am done. I need to work on some dynamic stretches to get my legs ready to run.
Saturday I woke up and I felt good again. I walked about a half mile before I ran in the hot sunshine.
My legs feel fatigued today, but no pain (◕‿◕)
Two runs back to back, guess who is worn out?!
I am plotting a new flatter route for my short morning runs, and thinking about the best short warm up I can do.
How do you warm up before your runs?
Do you do any dynamic stretches I should try?