I finished my race on Saturday! It was going really well the first half. Since I've not trained to run a full three miles, I was running in 1/2 mile increments and then walking for 1/4 mile. And, I was doing great. Running my best time ever (still not fast, but fast for me at around 13:23 minutes/mile) and feeling strong, but tired.
During my second 1/2 mile running interval, I was feeling tired and wanted to stop, so instead of just starting my walking a .10 of a mile early, I decided to sprint that last .10 mile. Dumb. I don't know what exactly I did, but I must have hit a rock or a tree gum ball or something and I pulled a muscle in my neck.
It was painful. Really painful. I couldn't turn my head more than an inch to the left. But, I was at my 1/4 mile walking point so I decided to try to stretch it out while I was walking. It felt almost like something was pinched so I though I could pull it out. WRONG. Everything I did made my neck hurt worse. And the pain was starting to go from neck into my right shoulder and down my back.
When the 1/4 mile walking interval was up, I decided to try and run my next 1/2 mile. I only had 1.5 miles left in the race and I was hoping for a decent finish. Well, that was another mistake. Each step I took hurt my neck/shoulder/back more and more. I finished my 1/2 mile and walked the final mile.
I alternated ice heat on my injury for the remainder of the day, and then made another mistake of trying to run again on Sunday. I ended up cramping up in my calves after about running for about 1.5 miles and my shoulder was killing me last night. And this morning.
I did some more stretching today, I'll do more ice and heat, but more importantly I'm taking two days off from all running/walking activity. I might grab a yoga class tomorrow night, but I'm giving my body a rest from the cardio and hard muscle workouts of running.
In general, things with the running are going well. This is my sixth week in the Couch to 5K program, so my last week of intervals. My speed has been increasing, as has my endurance. I've been losing an average of 2lbs a week, which is great for me (I usually average about 1.2), but more importantly, my clothes are fitting better. I can feel that my pants are looser not only in my waist but also in my thighs.
That's the fitness news in these parts. We had a pretty full weekend, though, including some pet related drama (don't worry, they are all still a live, though not entirely well - more later), but the weather is supposed to be amazing this week, so after my self imposed rest I'm looking forward to lacing up my running shoes again
Oh, I nearly forgot to mention the best part of the race! Look who was waiting for me when I finished:
Best. Cheering section. Ever.