One. More. Day.

Today is the last day of my self-imposed running hiatus to give my knee and IT band a break.  I have spent the week on the spin bike, had dates with the weights, foam rolled at every opportunity, used almost every Pilates move I could think of that wouldn’t use my hip flexors, got a massage, and yesterday, hopped back in the pool for the first time since September.

 

I miss running.  I miss it even more after spending last night updating my list of races I completed this past year.  So many fun times.  So many challenges.  Looking forward to next year, there’s much more I want to do.

 

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous for tomorrow.  I’ve been analyzing over and over how my hip, back, hamstrings and knees are feeling.  I’ve been extremely cautious of how I sit, wanting to make sure I’m not putting any pressure on anything.  It’s rough.  I’m terrified I’m going to start up my run tomorrow and it be painful.  At that point, I’d be lost.  I’m not sure I could hold together another round of rest.  If we’re being honest, I didn’t REALLY rest last week.  What I did was take two days off until I was pain free and then allowed myself to run shorter distances.  All because I wanted to run a 5K on Saturday.

 

Sigh.

 

So now, I’ll spend all day trying to decide what the best course of action for tomorrow is.  I know I want to stay away from hills.  But this being Southwest Missouri, that’s a LITTLE difficult.  Treadmill?  Flat trail?  So few options.

 

Worrying about it won’t help.  What will happen, will happen.  I can only do what I know to ease myself back into it.

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