In the past year, I went through this annoying back muscle pain. Â I tried EVERYTHING I could think of to get this pain to leave me alone, but many things failed. Â I would start feeling better, try to exercise too hard and then be back to square one. Â I’m sure you other runners out there understand my predicament. Â 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. Â 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). Â 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. Â 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. Â Let’s face it, there is no other paradise for a runner quite like a big race expo. Â It’s like Christmas all over again. Â As for the races, there aren’t better supporters than those that attend races. Â I like to believe runner’s have the bestÂ camaraderie.
3.) You can guiltlessly eat your favorite high-calorie foods after a LONG training run. Â 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. Â Sick, but true.
4.) It’s so amazing to run with the sunrise and have “x” miles accomplished before the day has even begun. Â That’s the definition of productive.
5.) Â I get to purchase new running shoes! Â 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!