My second week of workouts is complete, and I still hurt all over. I don’t necessarily see myself getting better, but the days I have run with Chris, my fiancée, he says he has seen improvement. I’m able to run further without stopping and my breathing is improving.
However, I still need some serious help with my posture. The past few days my back and neck have been hurting. I think it has to do with the fact that my form is still off. Making up for years of terrible posture is difficult to do in just two short weeks. I’m trying, though.
On Tuesday night, I started searching through my yogamazing videos to find something that would help my neck. I had spent all day twisting myself into difficult contortions and slightly scaring my professors trying to hit that sweet spot in between my shoulder blades and at the nape of my neck.
I found yoga for the neck on the yogamazing youtube channel. The video was about 17 minutes long and was really helpful. It streteched out my neck, and also made me feel really good about my growing yoga knowledge. Some of the poses Chaz was instructing in the video were ones I had been trying all day. They may not have been extremely helpful in making my neck pain go away immediately, but it was good to know I was on the right track.
The video gave tips on how to prevent neck pain in the future and some poses that are easy to do sitting at a chair in a desk. Those poses will be convineint for me as I spend most of my time either sitting in class or sitting at my desk in the newsroom.
This week I also tested out the Nike + running app. It tracks your running progress, time, distance and pace.
I tested it out on a run that was particularly difficult for me. That night, my calves were really tight, and I was feeling discouraged and even considered just walking back home. However, I decided to push through the pain realizing that I am not going to get any better if I don’t push through the pain.
Seeing the pace tracker on the Nike + app helped motivate me to keep going. I was also able to see how far I had gone, which is really helpful on the runs that I need to go a specific distance.
I am having trouble determining when to push my body further. It definitely is really sore, but I don’t want to give up because of a little pain. I also don’t want to injure myself.
I have also been trying to do runs in different places. I did two on campus, one on the greenway and one in my neighborhood at home. All of these were on paved surfaces, and I can feel the difference in the strain it puts on my knees compared to the trail runs I did last week.
I was going to end this with a snarky, sarcastic “remind me again why I’m doing this?” But last night I went for my last run before this is published, and I was reminded.
I ran later than I usually like to and wasn’t feeling it. I felt awful all through the run, but then I looked down at my Nike + app and saw that my 1.5 mile was 3 minutes and 10 seconds faster than it was on Monday.
That’s why I’m doing this because improvement does happen.