In the past year, I went through this annoying back muscle pain. I tried EVERYTHING I could think of to get this pain to leave me alone, but many things failed. I would start feeling better, try to exercise too hard and then be back to square one. I’m sure you other runners out there understand my predicament. Moral of the story… I stopped training for the 2010 CIM marathon in Sacramento last November and I haven’t really run much since.
I have done the Insanity workouts for 60 days now and I feel stronger and better. I found a WONDERFUL massage therapist that was able to get rid of the pain better than any of type of therapist could, including chiropractors, D.O.’s, M.D.’s, and acupuncturists (although made a close run). The acupuncture did help, but in my case, I just needed someone’s hands to dig deep into the muscles and release them, which is exactly what she did… she was a God send.
Now that I’m thinking about SLOWLY trying to get back out on the pavement, the following are the reasons why:
1.) No other exercise can beat the runner’s high. Simply put, I never feel as good as I do after running with any other form of exercise.
2.) I miss attending races and their expos. Let’s face it, there is no other paradise for a runner quite like a big race expo. It’s like Christmas all over again. As for the races, there aren’t better supporters than those that attend races. I like to believe runner’s have the best camaraderie.
3.) You can guiltlessly eat your favorite high-calorie foods after a LONG training run. I can honestly say that when I’m in the middle of a long run (say, 12+ miles), at some point, I’ve thought about what I want to eat to reward myself. Sick, but true.
4.) It’s so amazing to run with the sunrise and have “x” miles accomplished before the day has even begun. That’s the definition of productive.
5.) I get to purchase new running shoes! I haven’t had the need to buy any for almost a year!
I plan on taking things really slow at first, but hope to run another half marathon in the fall!