I injured my hamstring at the end of August. I have not run since then (I did a couple test runs, but the pain was too great). Our insurance doesn't cover much of PT, that and other expenses have kept me from going to see a PT, I've been doing strength training and yoga, trying not to irritate my injury. I want to run. I want to run a whole lot. I've been thrilled with the progress I've made in my strength training, but I still miss running. So today I got on my treadmill and ran. I ran for 1 mile using a 1 minute walk, 3 minute run pattern. I could "feel" my hamstring, but it didn't hurt. I plan on running that same mile tomorrow. In fact, I plan to try it everyday for a month. If it starts hurting I will not put off going to the PT anymore. I will know that I need to go if I ever want to run again.
In the meantime I plan to keep up my strength training. Last month's schedule of 4 strength days, and one shorter cardio day of kettlebell worked great. This month I'm going for 3 strength days, 1 longer cardio (with the kettlebell) day, and a shorter kettlebell day. I plan to warm up each day with my 1 mile run, then the workout. I'm also going to add, at the very least, a 4 minute tabata exercise at the end of each strength day. Today I did 30 minutes of strength, which consisted of half TGUs, push-ups, squats, lunges, cleans, and swings, and I followed it up with a tabata of swing and snatches.
I'm also still trying to get in more yoga, even if it's 15 minutes of restorative before bed, or a few sun salutes and some meditation after lunch. Yoga everyday is my goal, at least 15 minutes. I do about 7 minutes of a yoga cool down after my workouts, but I want at least 15 minutes at some other point in my day.
Over Thanksgiving break I bought a new kettlebell video. It's a streamable version of Kettlebell Lightning. So far I'm loving this video. I wanted the streaming version so I could use it when I travel. I can stream it on my iPad or phone. When I travel I only like to bring 1 bell, and these workouts seem perfect for that. They are short and more cardio focused. I can do 1 or do more, depending on the time I have. I love all of Lauren's stuff. I think she has some of the best kettlebell DVDs on the market.