Is everyone back to their normal routine yet? I feel like the holidays came and went without me even realizing it. New Year’s Eve wasn’t even “New Year’s Eve” to me, it was “Anna’s Wedding Day”. The midnight countdown and celebratory champagne toasts were just a little something extra.
There was dancing. Lots of dancing. Does that count as a workout?
I vote yes.
Before I made it back to the East Coast, I made sure to eat lots of homemade chicken noodle soup…
…and help take down our Christmas tree.
So now, it’s back to my normal, everyday life.
Today was an “on” day for running; I’ve been hitting the pavement every other day. After warming-up I did some biking, chest and shoulder lifts, and some RUNNING! Woo hoo! I love my running days even though every session begins with anxiety and ends in lots of questions about my progress.
Today consisted of a walk/jog/run sequence: 2 minutes walking, 2 minutes jogging, and 1 minute of picking up the pace to an almost-sprint.
I did this 5 minute sequence 3 times before I felt the sore-ness in my hamstring. Maybe sprinting wasn’t such a good idea. BUT I JUST WANT TO RUN FAST!
So I guess that’s good, right?
I’ve also been wondering if the position I sleep in is the culprit for my less-than-stellar injury healing process. Ms. Physical Therapist told me that my SI joint/sacrum was tilted and that my hips are not in a great position for running. I did some Googling about sleeping and matresses (I sleep on my stomach and the mattress rolls inward toward the center…plus it’s small for two people – I live with the BF and I sort of roll toward him unevenly while sleeping).
This website says:
“Lying on your stomach increases the curve of the lower back, leads to shortening of the muscles in your lower back and encourages sway back. If you absolutely must sleep on your stomach, place a pillow under your hips to help support the lower back. However, sleeping on the stomach also can strain the neck and is generally not advisable.”
This website also weighs in:
“Neck and back pain can develop simply by sleeping in a position that is not optimal for spinal alignment. Certain sleeping positions can place a great deal of pressure on your nervous system and strain in your muscles.”
Since all of those important running muscles in the leg and back are connected somehow through different joints and such, I’m thinking that maybe the fact that I’m sleeping out of alignment is mis-aligning my hips, pulling on my SI joint, which pulls on my hamstring, which pulls on my knee, etc etc.
With that being said…next up on my agenda: get a body pillow, and convince the BF to get a new mattress in order to possibly commence my full-on running ASAP. The only issue is that I’m certain a) nothing bigger will fit and b) we are broke. Hmph.
Did you have a good New Year? Are you back to your daily routine? Do you think sleeping in weird positions affects your running? Let me know!