So yes, I took a little running hiatus…..to be honest, I got bored running the same routes, by myself, every single day. Then I started getting headaches after every single run. Not immediately after, but a few hours later. Terrible headaches. I really wasn’t looking forward to running and then feeling terrible later. That totally ruined it for me. I have run at least once a month here and there, testing the waters to see if I could run headache free. But no. Then I realized I can’t be the ONLY person in the world who runs, then gets a headache. So I did some research, and there was one common element…..
S-T-R-E-TC-H…before AND after your run. DUH!!! I wasn’t doing either one….just getting out there running and plopping back on the couch. Also I noticed I have let myself get out of shape. Things happen when you turn 40, and you don’t bounce back from it quite as quickly as you once did. There once was a time when cutting out cokes would drop me 5lbs in a flash. But it’s not that easy anymore….at least not for me 🙂 So I decided to try running again…this time stretching and rolling properly…and guess what! NO HEADACHES!!!! NONE! I can’t tell you how happy happy happy this makes me!
Since my very first 5K was in May, 3 years ago…I think it’s fitting that I run it again this year to symbolize renewal of strength and determination.