Hello Salties, I have been a seriously unmotivated Pepper, unmotivated on the blogging front and unmotivated in pretty much everything else. I have been slowly attempting to get back to running but I am paying the price for slacking off on PT and realizing that my weekend warrior ways have left me sadly distant from my early 2012 fitness levels. I think this is what we call hitting rock bottom. And it is time to dig myself out! I need to start working on all of Licorice’s tips for injury and stop wallowing in injury misery!
Where does that start? Well a visit to my massage therapist last week confirmed that despite the huge break from running and my heel finally starting to feel better my left side is still not working properly. For whatever reason my body has learned it can get away with using my right side for all the work. So I need to get back at the PT exercises and start making my left side put in it’s fair share of the effort. Need to get my left glute muscles to actually activate! And hopefully problems down the chain will subside. This was readily apparent after an easy jog the other night that resulted in my whole left side tightening up. Left heel, left calf, left hamstring, left glute, and left lower back. I looked like the hunchback of Notre Dame the next morning hobbling out of bed. So mission minimal PT every day has begun. No jerking around I must at a minimum get in all my lower body strengthening PT exercises every day.
Next step! Stop the bulge! I have gained almost a pound for every week off of running. This has got to end! So I will be tracking calories for a bit and making a goal of getting back to pre injury weight by January!
I am also going to do my best to workout every day, it is so easy to blow it off when all I really want to do is run, but no excuse, I need to do something active for 30 minutes every day! Salty I may need that trainer back if this rainy cold weather keeps up!
During my injury I have been cooking more vegan options at home and my boyfriend and I have been trying to eat vegetarian. We shall see if I can keep this up when running begins again. I do believe the vegan/vegetarian diet will help with weight maintenance once I am actually being active every day.
Given my lopsidedness I don’t think it would be good for me to jump back into heavy running, but I am hopeful I can run 20-30 minutes or so every other day while trying to fix my body issues. Fingers crossed!
In other news cyclo cross training has been nonexistent, a combination of crummy weather and low motivation has pretty much made me a weekend warrior, but despite that I have been improving at each race with 2nd place finishes in the beginner’s race the last two events, after this last one I am even tempted to move up to the women’s A race if I have enough points for the cycling officials to allow it. The course this weekend was very muddy and slippery, but I managed to race well and only had some minor slip ups. Maybe you can teach this old dog new tricks. Dare I say, I even had fun at this one :) Maybe it was the fact that everyone had to don costumes and I love Halloween.
I haven’t been logging workouts because it has been pretty abysmal but FWIW here’s what I recall from the past two weeks:
One 28ish minute run.
One cyclo cross race.
Two PT workouts.
31 minute run for my 31st Birthday.
About 4 miles walked while cheering for my sister at the Detroit Half Marathon.
25 minute run of doom that jacked my body.