I have a confession. I’ve lied to you for the last month. I had an affair. Worse, I hid it from you. I was worried about my credibility and what you would think of me. But, I need to come clean. Here’s what happened.
The truth is that I haven’t run in over a month. It started after my last half marathon. I decided to take a break from running for a month or two and do a non-impact type of exercise. I recommend this approach for a variety of reasons. It’s nice to give your body a rest and recover from the impact of running. Your mind also benefits from a change of pace.
My break from running
So I had a month long fling…with yoga. I fell hard. My muscles responded to this new way of moving. I anxiously awaited the end of each class when we would do my favorite pose – lying on the floor (aka relaxation pose)! Doing yoga made me feel strong and centered. It also gave me a rare moment of relaxation. I have trouble doing that!
Like all affairs though, this one ended really badly. I pushed myself (shocking, I know) to do things I shouldn’t have. There was no clear memory of a tear, pop, or specific moment of injury. One day I just woke up, and I knew it was over. I was in terrible pain. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t sit. Something was horribly wrong.
The doctor told me to stop all exercise. I was shot up with cortisone and ordered to do physical therapy and stay off my leg otherwise. I intend to cooperate. So it looks like my yoga affair had some major repercussions on my relationship with running.