No Muscle is an Island
Saturday, February 15, 2014
I’m valiantly trying to teach everything holding my skeleton together to work as a team.
Calves need to support my anterior tibialis (shin) muscles. I can’t run ‘til they’re both stronger, otherwise I’ll get shin splints again. I also can’t jump rope ‘til my quads and hamstrings are stronger, because it puts too much of a strain on my patellar (kneecap) tendon, as I found out a few days ago. Plus, I need to firm up my core and back, to help keep my upper body centered over my hips. This will help distribute weight more evenly to the lower body, which will also help keep shin splints at bay. (Thank you for the tips, dude at OK Runner.) Anyway, it’s all connected. Is a little inter-muscle cooperation too much to ask? Sigh.
Obviously I got a little discouraged with the setbacks this week, but my knee is feeling better now, and I’m ready to pick it up again tomorrow. Sing it with me: “The foot bone’s connected to the butt bone!”
The good news is, my legs are slowly getting stronger. I can tell because even near the end of my longer workouts, I’m still sinking down into my squats and not just cheating them out the way I did before.
Then, last night when I was in bed, I stuck my hand between my thighs (to warm it—calm down) and guess what’s there? Firmness! It’s muscle, baby!
I was kind of shocked because I can’t actually see any changes yet. I even—don’t laugh—turned the light back on to check. So I totally didn’t expect to feel my newfound strength in a tactile way. (Though that’s partially because I don’t make a habit of groping my own thighs.) Anyway, it was fun! The discovery, not the gropage. Geez, y’all.
Nutrtition: still not meeting my minimum calorie goal, but I’m working on it. Adding a bit at a time. This week: nuts!
So that’s where I am. A little discouraged and encouraged, both. I am becoming less pillowy, apparently, but it’s just so frustrating when your body holds you back from doing what you want to do. Still, progress is being made. I’ll build on what I’ve done, not dwell on what I’ve yet to do.