Hammie Time

This morning, the hubby headed off for the airport and I got ready to go to workout, only to realize that my keys were in his car. I called frantically and, luckily, he had not gotten so far away that he couldn’t turn around and bring my keys back to me. I decided to sprint up to the main road to catch him so he didn’t have to come all the way to the house…and darn it if I didn’t feel that short little sprint in my hamstring!

It was a reminder that things are not completely healed. I was not really pushing that pace any and not running very fast for very long at all. But the hammie spoke to me while I was running; interestingly, it did not hurt much the minute I stopped, which I took to be a good thing.

I went on to the workout and managed to get in a 20-minute jog before meeting time. I’d intended to do more, but the key snafu took too much time. It was probably a good thing, too, as the hamstring was noticeable while I jogged along. Didn’t really hurt, but it was clear that that particular leg was sub par. And I was going slowly.

Because the group was tiny, I had the opportunity to swim. Now THAT feels good! There is something so wonderful about being in a pool on a sunshiney day. The water was a perfect temperature, the sun felt amazing, and it was enough of a workout to feel relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards but not so much that I felt like I’d pushed the leg more than I should’ve. In fact, I think swimming is probably the best thing I can do for myself what with the way it loosens everything up, most especially my lower back.

There’s an evening swim tomorrow night on my schedule, and then I’m doing a bike ride with friends Wednesday. I’m a little nervous about that one because it’s an unknown…I’ve never ridden out of Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop before, and we’ll be starting in the evening, which means my bug-a-boo — traffic. I know that I just have these jitters in advance and that I should ignore them, go, and be confident that I’ll have fun and a great ride.

I’m planning on doing the Splash ‘N Dash coming up soon and also the RunFar Time Trial — good times, good times!

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Published by Leah Nyfeler

I'm a writer, editor, runner, and adventurer who is always looking for the next new story, exciting adventure, and good meal/book/movie. My focus is on helping people find their best, healthiest self through sharing what I know and how I've come to learn it. In addition to my blog "Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life" at www.leahruns100.com, my articles have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines. You can hear me as part of the 2015 Austin cast of Listen To Your Mother.

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