So, I stopped running on pavement for quite some time because of knee pains. I tried substituting it with basketball and yoga. I hoped the constant sprinting and side shuffling in basketball would strengthen my legs. Yoga allowed me to strengthen my leg muscles with the balancing poses and deep stretching. Now that summer is finally here in Chicago, I braved running on the city’s streets.
So far this week I’ve ran 2 one-milers at about 9 minutes and I hope to continue this pace. After each run my knee (left one specifically) has only felt minimal discomfort. I’m crossing my fingers for the least amount of injuries possible.
- do some 5k races
- boot camp with some amigos (twice a week! Yikes)
- basketball once a week
- incorporate more body weight workouts into my routine (pull-ups, push-ups, squats and lunges)
Be like the tortoise, not the hare.