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Establishing Routines

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Today I took my number two road run for the season.

As I was moving about the kitchen this morning, my husband and I were talking about the cold start to the morning and I shared the thought that I wished to be taking a run but it sure was taking a long time to warm up. My husband suggested that I "could" probably run later in the day....it was bound to be warmer later. I agreed that it certainly would be warmer later but that I knew that my motivation would likely be less strong as I am a much better morning activity person...if I wait, so many er...excuses come up.

Self knowledge can be a powerful thing!

Eventually the warm up seemed to quicken and I decided to gather my things and accept the temp that I faced by the time I was dressed and ready.

It was a little cold to start and as usual my first mile was directly into the wind. I had remembered to set MOST of the settings I wanted to set on my Garmin and I even remembered to start the timer a little sooner than I did last time. LOL Too anxious to get moving I guess. LOL

I had a nice run...added a little distance partly because the road surface on this route was much improved over the last time and I was able to do the little extra leg. Interestingly, my last mile, which is a repeat of the first mile again ran right into the wind. This seems to happen all the time and it's not that the wind changes direction but somehow it manages to do that to us more often than not....oh well.

The best thing about today's run is that by getting out there, I am establishing the routine of my running schedule. When it comes to fitness, routine is a good thing. That feeling of "today is a day for____________________" fill in the blank.

My push up streak is also a source of routine but I had been noticing some nagging right shoulder pain. This has been troubling, I did not want to give up my streak and in an effort to deal with the shoulder, I was trying to do some minimal number push ups on days after the larger numbers. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. I began to be concerned about my rotator cuff and of course this is a real concern because I had chosen to set an unreasonable expectation. Doing one type of exercise daily, focusing on only one plane of movement....dumb.

Well, today I decided to adjust my streak goal to be daily rotator cuff strengthening exercises. The push ups are still a part of the routine but they are no longer going to be daily. I have a plan to address these muscles now in different planes....push one day followed by pull so to speak. I had 4 weeks of daily push ups and I consider the streak to still be alive.....just smarter. LOL

Establishing routines............good.

Establishing smart routines...........better!
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    1894 days ago
  • JANET552
    I totally understand that morning exercise. Although I can get some throughout the day, I love to do the most in the morning. Few excuses seem to stick at that time of day. I also love it because I am most peaceful and can enjoy myself in ways I can't as the day goes on.

    It sounds like you found a win-win on those push-ups. I hope that helps you heal. Keep streaking!
    1905 days ago
    What a smart way to adjust what is not working to something that will and is better for you in the end. Glad you figured it out and hope there is no permanent damage. Hope the pain is gone in a few days of the new routine.
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    1905 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Love it!
    1905 days ago
    You are so smart! You can keep your streak going and yet ensure that you don't do damage to your shoulder as well. And congrats on another good run!
    1905 days ago
    Sounds like your PF is gone and that your foot is healed. Happy trails!
    1905 days ago
  • AJB121299
    1905 days ago
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