I really do.
I love pounding the pavement and not thinking about a damn thing.
I love the feeling of accomplishment when I finish. #runnershigh
I love pushing myself to run faster and get a new PR.
I love the weight loss effects I get from it.
I love all the fun races that are out there to participate in.
But, to be honest, there are some things I don't love about it...
I don't love that I'm poor and can't afford all the races I really want to do. #nowacceptingsponsors
I don't love all the cost that can go into all the necessary running gear. (yes, it is really all necessary)
And most of all, I don't love the injuries and aches and pains that can come along with running.
Before I got fitted for my first pair of "legit" running shoes (hey Brooks, hey!!!!), I was dealing with knee pain and shin splints.
It was almost like they magically went away the second I laced those Brooks up.
|Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12 - my current pair of running shoes|
I'm working on about 350-400 miles worth of wear and tear on those puppies.
(I've heard from runners/read on different running sites that you should change out your running shoes anywhere from every 350 to 500 miles)Couple that with hip/knee pain since the half marathon.
(aka the H.A.F. - that many hills and inadequate training for them can do a number on you.)I've been hurtin' for certain!
It's been a slow process getting back into running since my half.
Did y'all know that if you don't stretch and strengthen your hips, it affects your knees?
I went for a massage awhile ago and came up off the table when she touched my hip.
It was super tender and I couldn't handle it!
The masseuse asked me if I was having knee pain when running and explained that I would if I didn't stretch my hips properly.
I stretch before and after every run.
These are my two favorite hip stretches.
I'm still considering going back to the masseuse to get it worked on (although I dread it cos the pain from the tenderness is really unbearable when massaged!!)
Or I'm considering getting an adjustment from a chiropracter/physical therapist.
For now, I am trying yoga.
I found out one of the runners in the running group here in my area teaches a FREE yoga class on Monday nights!
The teacher is dealing with the same knee/hip pain and says yoga and other stretches have really helped her.
I'd never done yoga before but I went Monday night and really enjoyed it!
And my 3 mile run on Tuesday was the first time I ran since the H.A.F. without excruciating knee pain!
So, I will continue to go to the yoga class in hopes it only helps and makes it better.
I'm also dealing with some slight pain in the arches of my feet.
That pain isn't unbearable...more like a slight annoyance.
I'm finding that my super cute heels and wedges for work and fun aren't the best for my feet when it comes to go for a run.
But I'm not ready/dedicated to give up fashionably cute shoes for running...
Um, hell yes.
But I'm just not willing to part with them!
So, the hubs is taking off work early and we're headed an hour and a half south to Raleigh, NC this afternoon for some family fun!
I'm most excited about hitting up Fleet Feet so I can get re-fitted for a new pair of running shoes!
Stay tuned for what pair I get!
(And most likely, see them first on Instagram @kbeavtann)
This post is not intended to deter anyone away from running.
Like I said, even amidst the not-so-pleasantries of running, I'm hooked.
I can't stop.
I won't stop.
Some days are not as great as others.
But it's always worth it!