Running seemed to lessen the force of anxiety by giving me a routine. There were schedules to follow and yes, e/thing seemed to revolve about running but that was a good thing. Running isn't a human being that will be hurt if I don't pay enough attention, but it will give me endless gifts if I focus on it. I could place blame on it and not feel guilty.
No fear, tomorrow marks my first honest attempt at getting back to running without knee pain. I have not foam rolled today and just realized it's hips/butt/inner thighs days but the night is not over. My shoulders, core and arms are sore because there has been a lot of new use added to them since foam rolling hurts like a bitch unless you carry your weight off the muscle knot. You have to ease into it, you really, really, really have to ease into it.
I'm meeting up with one of the running groups I belong to online. It's an early 7 a.m. run that's around 20 minutes away from home but it'll be 4 other ladies and hopefully fun. I'm doing Stage 1 from physioadvisor.com:
There are 18 stages and one final 20 minute run. A 20 minute run! I am hoping there is no pain tomorrow, I am planning on thoroughly warming up and stretching before my first run. It's a new running life!!!