Friday, September 21, 2012
I've been fighting a bout of depression this week. My hip is still sore and I haven't been able to exercise like I want. I've done some 30-minute sessions on the exercise bike, but had to keep the intensity low to keep from hurting myself again. Between a lack of good sweaty exercise, shorter days, rainy weather, and a more-stressful-than-usual work week, I'm feeling pretty down and irritable. I'm also bummed that I have to put Couch25K on hold.
The good news is I haven't turned to comfort food like I used to do. I know I'll feel a lot better when I can get back to my regular workouts (just saying this is progress). It just stinks in the meantime.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Last week I did about 1/3 of D1W1 of Couch 2 5K as a test. I have a weak ankle from a bad sprain a few years ago and knees that have given me trouble for years. After my test, I had some sore muscles but no joint problems.
I tried the full D1W1 today. At my 4th running session, I felt a sharp pain as my hip went partially out of socket. It went back in, but I had to limp home and it is still sore. Joint issues aren't new for me. At various times, I've had issues with both knees, a shoulder, wrists, neck, and lower back. The hip is new.
The prudent (don't you just hate that word?) thing to do will be to stick to the exercise bike, find some exercises to strengthen the muscles around that hip, and lose some more weight before I try again. Anybody have suggestions for exercises to support the hip joint?
Monday, September 10, 2012
If you're looking for a little inspiration, I'd like to recommend the books below. Even if you aren't into the particular sport, there is a lot to be gained from their stories. They're all available on Amazon.com:
"The Competitor In Me" by Francie Van Wirkus - the story of a woman who juggles marriage, kids, and a job to become an Ironman athlete. She does a great job of describing the training and the events themselves.
"The Competitor In Me II: Conquer Fear" by Francie Van Wirkus - Francie's biggest challenge.
"Born to Run" by Christopher Mcdougall - amazing descriptions of ultra-marathon races, the people involved, and some interesting science thrown in.
"Wild (From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail)" by Cheryl Strayed - a woman hurting from loss in her life walks alone through the wilderness from the Mojave Desert in Southern California to Washington state.
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