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The Cure

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

After I did my first Couch to 5k run on Sunday I was exhausted, and sore for two days. I took Motrin, hot baths, and iced my hips where the pain was centered. This morning I woke up dreading today's run. I was still mildly sore and more than slightly cranky. The sun was behind a bunch of ominous clouds and as I started to run, I felt raindrops.

I said a little prayer for it to quit raining because I knew that if I had to go home, I would NOT go back out to run when it stopped raining. The rain stopped, and the sun came out. I persevered. My new bra made things a lot less bouncy and that alone was awesome because my back didn't hurt.

About 5 minutes into the program I noticed that my hips and legs were no longer sore. I'll admit to being very excited about that because I've been walking around like a granny for three days. Who knew that the CAUSE of the soreness could also be the CURE? I'm so glad that I went out and ran. Runner's high again!

I'm getting the biggest kick out of being able to say, "Oh, I'm a runner." when people talk about exercising. It's true! I am a runner, and I'm going to keep going! I used to say that the only time I would run was if zombies were chasing me. emoticon Not anymore. Especially since this is the least stressed out I've felt in weeks!
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  • JOYINHEALTH
    Alea,

    I tried doing yoga the next day thinking that the stretching would be beneficial. I guess I just wasn't doing enough! I'm feeling a lot less sore this time around.

    Run,

    Yep! Whoo hoo is right! LOL
    3375 days ago
  • RUNRUNMAMA
    Awesome! You are a runner! Woo Hoo!
    3375 days ago
  • ALEANERCHICA
    Sometimes the best cure for soreness is moving...I always do something the day after a long or hard run...even if it's just an easy walk or some light weight training. The blood moves around, lactic acid gets flushed out more quickly and the soreness ends up not lasting as long or being as severe.
    Good for you for not stopping despite the soreness (and the crankiness)...awesome job!
    Liz
    3375 days ago
  • JOYINHEALTH
    Oh Sue I wish it was my first 5k but I've just started training! The ice bath is rough but worth it. I can't stay in long though. Thanks for the positive comment!
    3375 days ago
  • SUE5007
    Congrats on your first 5k! Glad to hear you are feeling better...and good for you on the ice bath. I've used ice packs and have not been brave enough for the bath yet. If I could stand in something then I'd do it...but the thought of having to sit in the ice bath is keeping me away.

    Good running bras are worth every penny!

    Keep up the great work!
    3375 days ago
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