My return to running/training did not go as smoothly as I had anticipated. I didn’t go for the run to stretch my legs last Thursday and definitely did not go on Saturday–instead, I went to the motorcycle show (more on that later). I tried to go for a run on Monday, but didn’t even make it a quarter-mile before returning home in pain. I fretted and have tried to keep stretching.

I was doubtful that I’d be able to run tonight, but decided to give it a shot.

I was successful.

Wow. ~2.5 miles & no extreme pain. I think I might be back & ready to train // http://t.co/WjvWVxC via @


Melissa Coursey Hess

I experienced the usual discomfort as I started. Since I wear heels at work, my calves are usually super tight and ache for the first mile or so. My pace was great and breathing was even. I’m going to try again on Saturday to see if I get my training back on track…woo-hoo!

It Only Took 12 Days

It took fewer actually. More like five days.

I’m injured. Sorta. Yay running!

Last week, I started having problems with my left hamstring and glute. They felt like they had been kicked repeatedly. Using the foam roller to stretch them out didn’t help. Neither did scooting around the floor while sitting on a tennis ball. Fortunately, I was able to get an appointment with my chiropractor on short notice. I cut short my three-mile run on Monday and only completed 1.8 miles. I delayed my four mile run scheduled for today until tomorrow for my appointment.

At my appointment tonight, my doctor hurt me, but in a good way. She’s certified in Active Release Technique and spent time working on my body. She says I’ll probably have bruises and the areas will be tender for a few days, but that I should start feeling better after that. Instead of four miles tomorrow, I’ll run 1.5 just to stretch my legs out. I’ll resume my training plan on Saturday.

I wonder why I put myself through these things. I think I do it because the human body is capable of so much. I like testing my physical limits and several years ago would never have dreamed of doing the things I do now.

What challenges you?

Kettlebells or “Wow, my legs hurt”

Kettlebells, Originally uploaded by essexjan

I’m taking a class at the gym.

An “Introduction to Kettlebells” class.

And every Friday morning (as it’s a Thursday evening class), my legs hurt.

It’s an amazing work out and I can now swing bells with husband, as he took the class this past spring. I’m so excited.

Not quite sure what I’m talking about? Watch this: