150,000-199,999 SparkPoints 169,400

A very, merry, extraordinary, scrumpdillyicious day

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Today is a beautiful Saturday in Kentucky. The temperature is just below the freezing point, the sun is shining, and we couldn't ask for a more perfect February day. All the snow from last weekend has melted, and today is a day to get things done. But I'm not going to get anything done except maybe some house work. Today I choose to be lazy and enjoy the sunshine through my windows.

As an injured runner, I've spent the last 6 weeks or so lamenting the fact that I cannot get out on the road. My hip flexor injury has had me sidelined for too long. What was supposed to be an intense time of awesome marathon training and long runs has turned into some serious self reflection.

Mostly what I've learned is patience. I know I'm not patient. I never have been. That is not some new, shocking revelation. I mean, seriously... When I first laid eyes on my husband, it was only briefly on July 9, 1981. We were married on July 20, 1981. No sense in long, drawn out stuff. Right? But not all things work out that well. Sometimes you just have to wait, and time is truly on your side, especially when it comes to healing an injured hip.

I hired a personal trainer/running coach to help me through this. Actually, my original intent was for him to make me awesomely fast at the Flying Pig Marathon. But then the hip injury came along before my first session with him. So instead of being awesomely fast right now, he has me focusing on ... guess what ... healing. And guess what else ... strengthening so this won't happen again.

Imagine that. Healing and strengthening. No, I would not have had the self discipline to do that on my own. But since I'm paying him to help me, I will listen (for the most part).

What have I learned from him? I've learned that I can actually swim, and I enjoy it!! So three days a week I start my day with a swim. Two days a week I spin. I discovered I'm actually good at it! And the bicycle seat is not nearly as painful on my rear end as I remember it being. I even enjoy the elliptical! Even my weighted hoop and I have become reacquainted.

All that stuff is keeping my cardio strong so I can pick up where I left off once I get back on the road (well, sort of). But the stuff that's preventing re-injury... Oh.Em.Gee... I think my trainer is actually the devil. I have a strength routine focusing on my core and lower legs, and it is killing me!! My quads, hamstrings, glute and abs all know they have been worked. This morning I could hardly even sit down on the toilet. Ha!

On Thursday I get to start running a mile a day to see how my hip holds out. That will be the best mile ever!! I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!!

When I start running again, I will keep swimming and spinning, because I've discovered I like it. Who knew?? I'm actually more than a one-dimensional exerciser!! Go me!!

Anyway... Enough rambling... I'm going to go enjoy this scrumpdillyicious day. I'm going to relax, have a good time, and give my quads a break. Ouch!!

Have a fantastic day, and do something good for yourself.


Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I'm enjoying the day too! Inside and out, love that sunshine! Sugar and I will head out for a long walk soon. Glad your healing is going so well and you've found ways to stay in condition. Timing on the personal trainer appears to have been perfect! WTG!
    1475 days ago
    I always say, I want patience and I want it now! LOL!

    We have a beautiful sunny Saturday. Cold but at least there is no snow on the ground.
    1475 days ago
    You are an inspiration Jeri a lesser person would have given up by now.
    Be careful hun and I hope you're soon fit and well again emoticon
    1475 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.