On the 21st, I started feeling twinges around my knee after my 6 miler, so I immediately answered my body’s calling and decided to take some time off of running. I was also having significant pain in my left hip (a new pain), so I wanted to remain extra cautious.
I supplemented my running with time on the CrossRamp to maintain my fitness and keep the legs loosened up. I ended up taking 11 days off.
Saturday afternoon, I went to my scheduled deep tissue massage. I finally caved in after nearly a year of wanting to schedule one.
I figured that it would do my body some good. I was forewarned that it was going to be painful, but I knew that the benefits would outweigh any momentary pain or discomfort. And painful it was, more so on my calf muscles and upper back. I woke up the next morning kind of sore and a little bruised, but that was expected as well. Poking and pressure for one hour and a half will do that.
Saturday evening, I went to my grandmother’s house with my parents for Easter dinner. Each year, the gathering in the house gets smaller and smaller. It’s sad, but that’s what happens as the calendar pages turn. I still had a lovely time. We spent hours talking about anything and everything.
Looking at old pictures is always fun. I was obviously a happy baby.
My cousin and I eating cake. My hair is kind of tragic. Look at those bangs! But speaking of cake…
Here’s the cake that my mom bought for my gram. This blob of icing was impossible to cut without it looking like a scene from Psycho.
On Easter Sunday, I didn’t have any plans except for the Green Day concert. I’ve been a fan since high school, so when my dad was offered free tickets from his place of employment, I was thrilled! I was also excited to spend some quality time with my dad since it doesn’t happen all too often.
We had executive club seats at the Consol Energy Center. The seats were comfy, and there was a lot of personal space. Green Day is absolutely amazing live - it legit sounded like I was listening to the CD on full blast. And Billie Joe Armstrong is very funny and entertaining! I also loved that they invited a couple of people up on stage to sing bits of their songs. Can you imagine the memories that they have taken with them?
One of the pictures that I took with my super duper zoom camera.
Monday, I took a personal day from work due to how late I’d be getting home after the concert. I started my Monday by ‘bringing it’ during a session of P90X: Plyometrics. I felt very energized and rejuvenated from the extra sleep, so I was able to bust through this workout better than I ever have before. I was in a total flop sweat, haha.
Every single time.
I’m almost half way through the program (week 6). I’m still loving it, and I do look forward to it on most days.
And I’m finally noticing obvious progress/results! I’ve increased the weight for my free-weights (up to 10 lbs), and I’m beginning to see some definition in my arms. Woohoo! Adios chicken arms!
Monday afternoon, I was finally able to see Sean. He treated me to P.F. Chang’s and a movie. I ordered the ginger chicken with brown rice, and we split the chicken lettuce wraps as an appetizer. Yum! It was my turn to pick the movie, so I chose ‘Identity Thief.’ It was hilarious, very raunchy, but hilarious nonetheless. There were so many classical moments. I’d definitely see it again! I had a more-than-wonderful time with Sean. It’s hard to believe that we’ve almost been together for 1 year. Time sure flies!
Sean deemed this absolutely necessary.
By Tuesday, my legs were finally feeling normal again, so I decided to give them a test ride on the treadmill.
It was a success. I didn’t have an ounce of pain during the run, not in my knee and not in my hip. The only thing that I noted was some calf tightness which started around mile 4. I stretched really well after the run and was feeling very good up until the late afternoon at work. My left hamstring started tightening up to the point of me thinking that it may be pulled or strained. It’s been one thing after another. I had a bit of a breakdown at work today because I’m fed up with feeling like I’m at a constant war with my body. I just want to feel normal again. I’m tired of being in pain on most days of the week. Dealing with anything for nearly 5 months is emotionally exhausting and highly frustrating. But right now, I think the best decision is to treat myself like a beginner. I need to draw back and essentially start from square one if I want to come out of this hurdle as a strong and healthy runner. I don’t want to be a runner who just muddles through just for a number on the face of a Garmin. There’s absolutely no benefit. I want to be a runner for years to come, and the only way to make sure this dream comes true is to make smart decisions. I still have other ways in which I can maintain my cardiovascular fitness - CrossRamp, elliptical, swimming, cycling, and so much more. It may not be the same as running, but it’ll help me rise again as a runner.5 notes
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