It seemed a little awkward at first. I was probably over thinking my injury and listening too carefully for any signs of weakness in my groin area / lower abdominal area. I just ran on the trail in my neighborhood. Each loop is 1.45 miles. I figured I would do three loops, but knew I could back out after one or two loops, if needed. After a while, I got into a nice rhythm and was running without thinking about the injury.
I gained some weight during the last month and never ran or cross-trained once, so I was worried I would be pretty out of shape. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I did have a little soreness in my groin and hip, but nothing in my lower abs. I'll keep it short and easy for a while and keep doing my stretching and strengthening excercises.
I've learned a number of lessons in the last month:
- I should always be thankful for days of health and strength.
- I run more for my mind than I run for my body or for competition.
- Rest and patience are virtues in running and in life.
- I'm just as happy and content without running in my life. I'm more well-adjusted when I am able to run. Running is a time that I spend with God and a time when I can dream and be most creative.