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Embracing The Changes In Life

Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

Oops I Did It Again - Too Much Too Soon

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Shaking my head... seriously... ugh..... so this past Saturday I ran 4 uneventful miles. It was my first run in a long time, and my first 4 mile run in months.

Sunday I rested.

Monday, I did the legs day resistance training for the Bikini Body Guide app. Let me tell you it's an awesome workout. I struggled through some of it. By the end of the day I was starting to feel sore, but I didn't think much of it. I think it was the walking lunges and the step ups that did me in.

Tuesday I wanted to do a 6 mile run. I was going to do an out and back. But I decided since it was so warm to stay close to home and do a 3 mile loop, stop at the house for water, and then go back out again. THANK GOODNESS I stayed close to home. At about a 1.5 miles of hills, I felt more than tenderness and it hurt to run. So I walked/at times limped my way back to the house.

Wednesday I foam rolled, soaked, iced and even tried heat. By the end of the day and a long Epsom salt soak, it did feel some better.

Thursday was physical therapy day. And I was still in pain to stand or walk (triple sigh). So he put me on the bike. Wow, I was sweating 2 minutes in. After 8 minutes on the bike, we did some of our usual stuff, but kept the exercises to a minimum.

He checked my hip and surprisingly it was still in place! However,
I have aggravated my glutes, hip flexors and piriformis. So he got out the stick and worked that area.

It of course hurt, as I knew that it would, but I did get some relief after the massage. I then iced for a 15 minutes or so and was sent on my way. Of course I asked if I could do spin class tomorrow :) He looked at me and forcefully said no, but he did say that I could use the spin bike on my own. The reason he doesn't want me to do class is because he doesn't want me standing on the bike, plus he wants me to keep the intensity low.

So, the takeaway from all of this?!?! My hip is staying in place which is awesome. BUT, I have listen to my body and not do too much too soon. I knew I was pretty sore when I tried my run on Tuesday. I should have bagged the run and rested. So hopefully with a little more rest, I'll be walking and running again. I go back to physical therapy next week.

So, as I'm giving my lower body the rest it needs, I'm continuing to work my upper body. This week I utilized the Iron Chest Master

And life is a journey.... and my goal is to find the joy in the journey... even with the setbacks! 

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