Hi everyone! Thanks for all the concern and well wishes yesterday. I’m happy to report that my knee is feeling better. I even did a short little run this morning with no problem.
My plan of icing, foam rolling and strengthening is going strong! I’m also going to be getting new shoes (woo-hoo!) tomorrow. I think my foot is slipping in my shoe therefore causing undo stress on my knee. Hopefully this was just one little blip that won’t happen again.
So I get a LOT of questions about how I can get up and run at 5 a.m. on most days. Thankfully, I’m a morning person so that has never been an issue of wanting to sleep in till 7. I’ve never hit the snooze button a day in my life. I had a roommate in college who did that every morning and it drove me nuts! Second, I’ve found that doing it in the morning is the best way to fit it in without having to worry about any other conflicts. If I waited to after work or after the kids went to bed, I’m sure I’d have an excuse or would just not feel motivated.
I do have a little secret weapon besides just mentally making myself do it. The past few months I have begun doing my own little version of Sun Salutations each morning. I do it as soon as I get up (well, at least after I went to the bathroom! ). I set the timer on my phone for 5-10 minutes (depending on how much I can squeeze in) and start to flow. Sun Salutations are a great way to wake the body up, get the blood circulating to all your extremities but also a great way to get a little bit of yoga in before the day begins.
Sun Salutation in Sanskrit is Surya Namaskar. Surya means “Sun,” and Namaskar is a greeting of honor and respect to the divinity present in each one of us. Traditionally, Sun Salutations are done in the morning to welcome the sun and the new day. But a round of Sun Salutations at any point in the day is a great way to feel energy without a large coffee or 5 Hour Energy (which really NO ONE should ever take!).
So my secret is out! The key to running first thing in the morning is MOVING as soon as you get out of bed. Wake those muscles up to feel energized throughout the day. Try it and you’ll see a difference.