This one time… at rehearsal…

June 12, 2012 · 26 comments

Know what’s funny?

The moment I post about missing running, I begin the love affair all over again.

Since I had no rehearsal last night, I was pretty excited hit the pavement for some quality time with my running shoes.

Why was I neglecting my Fitmixer Boot Camp workout, you ask?

Well. There’s a story behind that.

My part in the musical, Dainty June, calls for a certain little dance move I have not yet perfected: the split.

I have been so good about stretching every day, and little by little I’m getting closer to a full split. All my friends are tired of seeing my split attempts.

So here I was, at dance rehearsal on Saturday, working on my number with “the split.”

Dance rehearsal action. Say hi to the newsboys!

I was intending to be all…

But something terrible happened in the depths of my hamstring muscle fibers. My split was super successful. And by successful, I mean a gigantic failure.

When I woke up on Sunday morning, it was a struggle to move my left leg. I’m getting increasingly worried about this split business, and I’m thinking I may have to improvise onstage to make up for my lack of splittage.

Now there’s the show everyone’s looking for.

Anywho, I’ve been spending my days since Sunday literally chilling on ice packs with a pulled hammy. And thankfully, when I take a light yog, it feels a lot better and much more flexible.

Enter: the return of the (slow) run love.


Yesterday afternoon was the first long run I’ve had in about a month, and it felt incredible. It was like meeting up with a long lost friend again. It was a slow, lumbering run that probably resembled the flightless bird, but it was still a long run.

Oh, running. I just love you.

And you will probably be my best friend until I figure out how to do a split like a normal human.

In the meantime, who knows how many stretch sessions I need before I can do this?

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1 Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs June 12, 2012 at 9:50 am

Oh no!! I hope you’re feeling better in no time! I’m getting back into ballet and I totally know how you feel. I read that foam rolling can increase flexibility without actually stretching. Also whenever I’m trying to focus in flexibility I wear a ridiculous amounts of layers (tights, full legwarmers, pantss) to get my muscles SUPER warm and stretch it out. You can totally get there! And if not just angle it in a way that you can bend your back knee a little 😉


2 Em @ Living & Learning June 12, 2012 at 10:11 am

hahahah those gifs are cracking me up – by the time the show comes around, hopefully the adrenaline will give you the umphhh you need to land that sucker!
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3 Yellow Haired Girl June 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

Oh my goodness. That last .gif freaks me out, girl.
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4 Hayley @ Running Down the Runway June 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

I’m probably the most unflexible person you will ever meet so I feel your pain. I seriously can’t even touch my toes its pathetic. I looove having a run like that and had one on Saturday!


5 Kristen @ notsodomesticated June 12, 2012 at 10:30 am

Hahaha oh how I hated splits when I was a cheerleader. I remember every year for try-outs, we had to do a split. And I never understood why, because we didn’t actually do splits any other time during cheerleading! Anyways, they were always a struggle for me. It took me several weeks to get anywhere close to a decent looking one! 😉
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6 Faith @ For the Health of It June 12, 2012 at 10:41 am

That split is downright disturbing! I was pretty good at them when I was a cheerleader (and still can do them) but they’re definitely tough!


7 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

Oh no! Be careful with that split business! I can not do them. I did it once in my life and will never do it again because while the split was successful my knee did not enjoy getting OUT of the split… major fail for me.
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8 Jessica June 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

Ugh, I can’t do the splits either. But yoga has been amazing for my flexibility- maybe try and add that into your routine once or twice a week? PS did you know San Diego means “A whale’s vagina”?
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9 robfiasco @ run 2 the hills June 12, 2012 at 11:04 am

okay, i love that animated .gif but I need to know if the girl on the left makes a comeback and pulls out the win….i hope she does.
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10 Heather (Heather's Dish) June 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

i felt so so proud the other day because i can still do the splits from when i was in gymnastics…WHEN I WAS LIKE 10 YEARS OLD.

that’s right, watch out world!
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11 Chelsea @ Chelsea Eats Treats June 12, 2012 at 11:52 am

Haha oh man. That sounds dangerous!! I have faith though that soon you’ll be splitting all over the place and will hopefully make a hilarious video for us all…possibly to Call Me Maybe again. Just sayin.
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12 Lena @Fit on the Rocks June 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm

The only time I’ve ever done the splits was when I was young. I thought it would be smart to rollerblade on ice. Need not say more…
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13 Sarah OUaL June 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

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14 Tracy June 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Read this for front split stretches

Although if I were you with a pulled hamstring, I’d just do a jazz split and be done with it.


15 Amber K June 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Ouch! I hope you feel better soon. Although if you ever feel well enough to do a splits race, I don’t know if I will be able to handle that 😉 It’s mesmerizing and freaking me out all at the same time.
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16 Lisa June 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Yikesss. Hope you get that split business down asap! But first heal up that hammy. This reminds me that I should probably start stretching again. I remember the days in gymnastics when I was a splitting champ, sad that that’s no longer the case.


17 Talia @ Bite Size Wellness June 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I used to be a dancer so I mastered the splits, but now it is kind of a joke. Anyway, I would recommend taking a few dance classes…you might get some tricks!
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18 Michelle @ Blogitness June 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Oh this post made me laugh! I’ve never been able to do splits despite the fact I danced, took gymnastics and was a cheerleader.
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19 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy June 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I danced for most of my life and I’ve never been able to do the splits. Good luck! Maybe you can figure out a way to fake it…that’s what I would do :).
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20 Jenny June 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Um, would you care to divulge WHERE YOU GET YOUR GIFS? Is there a database somewhere that I don’t know about? I see all the YOUTHS and Tumblr kids using them, but I don’t know how to search. Halp.


21 Kellie @ Compelled To Do So June 14, 2012 at 10:40 am

I just got back from a long work trip. I had little time/no area to run. I missed running more than I missed most people. Please tell me that’s normal. Or not. Whatever.

Anyway, I can’t wait to run today!
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