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Anyone else struggling with getting back into a routine after being off for the holidays? I know I have. Add in that Lil Man was sick an entire week before Christmas and daily naps became the norm, I'm really struggling to make it through a normal day.

Although we haven't gone back to school yet, Hubby is back to work. And that means if I want to get in a workout or at least one without company and interruptions, I have to get up early and workout before Hubby goes to work. And the rest of the day is the usual go go go.

Thankfully I've had the opportunity to try Alert Caffeine Gum. 1 piece of Alert Gum is about the equivalent of a half a cup of coffee. (And for me that means no jitters). It's just enough ooomph to give me the boost that I need.

And The Lingering Running Injury Continues

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It's been over a week since I've been able to run. I thought that taking time off would magically fix all of my hip issues. WRONG that's W R O N G wrong. In fact, as I went to my physical therapy appointment this week, my PT asked me if I was limping. I said maybe? I don't even notice it anymore. This ongoing injury just keeps... well.... going. He said he saw me limping when I got out of the car. And yes, after I sit, I am usually in pain once I stand so I probably was.

Hey, put on a positive note, I was able to pretty much pin point the pain spot. And my IT is inflamed from overcompensating for the hip issues. But we tried this patch type thing with a small battery electrical current with some meds on it. Don't ask me the name because I don't know what it is. Did it help? I don't know. I can still feel tenderness at the top of my hip. And I'm still limping when I stand and take a few steps.

So, obviously I'm not running for another week. I still have my finger crossed for the Hershey 10K in 2.5 weeks, but I admit I'm nervous that it may not happen.

I've been biking on the stationary bike, and rowing, and doing yoga and strength training. But I needed to get outside. I needed out on the trail. So after I dropped Lil Man off at school, I went to the Appalachian Trail.

I did not expect this!

It was truly beautiful out there. I should have worn my yaktrax though. Some places were really slippery. And there were sections that the snow was past my knee!

But it was exactly what I needed to get back on the trail. I did a very slow easy hike. (maybe a mile or so). But it was exactly what I needed. It was perfect.

I'm trying to stay positive with this injury. I know I have a lot to be thankful for. I'm glad that I am still able to move. In fact, I bought this Fit Journal this week. I LOVE it.

It's helping me realize that I am working toward my fit goals even while I can't run.

I guess having my hip out of place for over 6 months wasn't the best situation. But I know I just have to be patient, and hope that these issues will be resolved soon. On a positive note, my hip is still in place - so that's good news!

Off to the gym I go to row row row... 

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