Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I had a great run yesterday! It was only 2.5 miles, but my whole body felt perfect for the first time in over two months! Since I started seeing the chiropractor I've been doing a short easy run 3x/week without any joint pain, but my hip flexor was continuing to give me grief. It was actually the most sore after the first run after the first adjustment. He said that was because I had to retrain the muscles there to work properly and that that would be the last pain to go away. I'm so happy it's finally gone!
KRISTI, thanks for checking in with me! I really appreciate the support. I'm back up to 120 after a month off. I wasn't counting calories, but I think I was eating close to 3000 cals a day! I'm hoping that getting back into running and eating well will get me back to goal before beach season.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
This blog is long overdue for an update. My recovery has gone so slowly. I spent almost the entire month of February doing no exercise at all except stretching. It took over a week of rest for the pain to go away, but it came right back just with extended periods of walking, like grocery shopping. After two weeks most days were painfree unless I did things like wearing heels, walking downhill, or jumping. After a month those activities felt pretty good so I decided to try running on grass. With the first right foot land the pain was still there. Pretty discouraging after a month off. The pain wasn't that bad though so I kept running for 20 minutes. I was surprised that I wasn't out of breath after a month with no cardio at all. I would've kept going, but my hip felt pretty weak and unstable. That was last Saturday. On Thursday, the day before yesterday, I finally went and saw a chiropractor. After a bunch of tests I was surprised to hear that it doesn't seem to be a muscle, tendon or ligament issue. It's a pelvis rotation that is causing dysfunction in the joints. He explained that it was actually pulling on the muscles in the front of my leg which was why I was feeling the hip flexor tightness. My right leg was even a half inch shorter than the left. He did an adjustment to my pelvis and it brought my right leg back down even with my left. He told me to go for a run on Saturday to see if it feels any better. I LOVE that he told me to run! I see him again next Wednesday. He expects it to gradually get better with treatment over the course of a month. That's my physical update.
Emotionally, it's been a really hard month, especially the first week of no running. I kept thinking to myself, my muscles are resting, but my character is growing. Jan. 31st I took in a newborn foster baby, excited about the idea of something to take my mind off my recovery, but he only stayed one night, which was okay because just taking care of him and losing sleep really aggravated my hip. Feb. 19 I took in another baby and she is still here (in my lap as I type). She's only 2 weeks old, so I can't take her out in the baby jogger yet. Finding time to run right now is tricky, but where there's a will, there's a way. Oh, and ironically, right when I stopped doing cardio, my HRM came. It was a reward for reaching my goal weight. I'm going to set it up today and test it out on a run. I just uploaded Seal onto my ipod to help me take it easy on my run instead of pushing the speed like I always do.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Lowest WI: 117.2
I'm back down to my goal weight. It took me 7 weeks and a total deficit of 17776 calories to lose 4.2 pounds. That deficit should have worked out to 5 pounds lost, but I'll bet I gained a pound of muscle in that time with all the training I've been doing. Crazy thing is I think I'm too small now. 117 looks different on me than it did last year now that my body composition has changed.
10K Training Week 8 - I finished the training!
Mon: 3 mile run & yoga
Tues: Swimming, 45 min. & yoga
Wed: 3 mile run & yoga
Sat: Elliptical, 60 min.
On Monday's run I timed one mile at 7:57. I couldn't keep that pace up for 3 miles yet, but it's exciting to get my one mile time under 8 minutes.
Now for the bad news ... I need to take a rest from running. For the past couple of weeks my hip has been bothering me and politely asking me to take it easy. During Wednesday's run my hip began to shout at me, so I'm reluctantly listening now and giving it a rest. It got so bad I was limping for 2 days, and I really don't want to do any more damage. It's feeling better with rest, but I could tell I should still wait awhile before trying to run on it. Saturday's workout on the training plan was supposed to be a 10K, but I was on the elliptical instead. It's pretty discouraging to have finished the training plan and not be able to do the very last run. I was planning on running a local 10K race in 2 weeks, but I've decided not to do it. There's another one in March. Hopefully I'll be completely recovered by then.
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