Accepting Limitations (12/14 – 12/20)

Yesterday at physical therapy  we talked some about limitations and accepting the fact that sometimes we never “get back” to the point we used to be.  I told the therapist that I was not ready to give up on long runs or fast runs so I need to pursue this whole leg issue further.    I will continue to do the strengthening moves and work on good alignment but I think it is time for the next step – visiting my orthopedic surgeon.

Sunday 12/14 - 45 torso and leg lifts while laying face down.

ready
ready
lift and squeeze
lift and squeeze

By holding my hands back instead of in front this changed the move and degree that I could raise.  When I do a basic superman I never get quite as much lift!

Monday 12/15 - 45 side plank crunch (bring top knee in).

ready to work
ready to work
crunch in
crunch in

I liked this move!!  And, of course, I had to flip over and do another set of 45.

side 2
side 2
crunch
crunch

I ran 9 miles – furthest run in awhile in 71:10 followed by 1.5 easy miles.   I spent over an hour and a half on the treadmill which is a record these days.

Tuesday 12/16 - 45 burpees with plank jack push-up.

Yikes – I haven’t done many burpees or push-ups in awhile and this was tough!!!

After that I went with an easier workout - Burn & Firm Pilates.

Wednesday 12/17 - 45 overhead circles with medicine ball (8 pound).

try to keep torso straight
try to keep torso straight

I circled clockwise for 45 reps and then switched direction for another set –

harder than it looks
harder than it looks

This move is good for your core but I also felt it in my forearms later in the day!!!

I ran a slowish 5 miles – 43:27 followed by 3.5 easy miles.  My leg was very achey after this run!!!

Thursday 12/18 - 45 double crosses (for core).

right over left
right over left
open
open
left over right
left over right

This was hard for me!!!  I counted a right over left + a left over right as 1 rep.

I did one of my DVDs that has lots of 10 minute workouts – Quick Fix Toning.  I did 6 sections for a nice full body hour workout.

Friday 12/19 - 45 leg lifts to back on a diagonal (a therapy move).

ready
ready
lift and squeeze
lift and squeeze

I’m really working on staying straight and not tilting my body on these moves while strengthening my hips.

ready for the other side
ready for the other side
lift
lift

I did an 8 mile run – 64:31 followed by an easy 1.5 miles.

Saturday 12/20 - 45 clams with a band.  My therapist wants me to do clams more often but I told her I never really feel them – she said to use a small band – I definitely felt them today!!!

ready
ready
open top leg
open top leg

My hip was burning by the time I finished all 45!!!  Then I flipped over to do more!

side 2
side 2
open
open

So, I’m struggling with the fact that even though I can run it might be making my leg worse – this week it has hurt a lot more than last week.  I  don’t want to do any permanent damage but I need to run!!!

Happy Saturday!!!

Kim

My Year of Running 2014

I rarely do link-ups for several reasons but mostly because I’m lazy.  However, this year I decided to participate in Amanda’s (Miss Zippy) fun year of running recaps.

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1.  Best race experience?
I don’t race a lot but actually did a few races this year.
In May I attempted a 50 mile race - did not complete it.
In September I did a timed run – ended up just doing a marathon and calling it a day.
My best race experience though was the half marathon trail race that I did with Hunter.

FINISHED!!!
FINISHED!!!

It was not at all like a race I thought I would enjoy – it was wet and muddy, slow and treacherous but I LOVED  every second of it!!!

2.  Best Run?
Overall, 2014 was a great year of running.  Up until sometime in late October, I was running strong and injury free.  I have over 1500 miles for the year which is the highest I’ve been in a long time.

I think the best run I had was way back in January – I ran 37 miles on Kristin’s  (STUFT Mama) birthday to celebrate her birthday from a distance with her and to raise money for Run Sixty Feet.  37 miles

This was one of those runs that actually felt good the entire time.
37 miles in 5 hours 23:14 – great running day!!!

3.  Best new piece of gear?
I really like my Garmin 220 – sort of an early Mother’s Day gift to myself.
I also love all of my running shoes especially the 2 pairs of Wave Creations that I added to my collection this year – Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 10.40.55 AM

4.  Best piece of running advice you received:
I think mostly it was a matter of coming to a realization after a couple of failed attempts at running 50 miles – running should be fun.  It isn’t about trying to prove anything – it is just something I love!!!

5.  Most inspirational runner?
I don’t know if I can pick one person – the runners that I see day after day no matter what the weather inspire me.
So many of the awesome bloggers I read that run races, set PRs, get up early and push themselves every day inspire me.

But, the most inspirational runners in my world are my 2 boys.

before the 4th of July race around the lake
before the 4th of July race around the lake

Seeing them develop a love of running this year has inspired me to just keep running because I love it.  They have helped me realize that running isn’t about how far or how fast you go, it is just about running and loving the fact that you can!!!

6.  If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be?
Great
Fun
Happy
Ready for more!!!

Thanks for setting up the link-up, Miss Zippy!!!

Happy Wednesday!!

Kim

Therapy Moves (12/7 – 12/13)

This week a lot of the daily moves were from PT – not sure that any of it is helping but I am running again so I will keep trying these things!

Sunday 12/7 - 45 single leg inner thigh raise with foot tap.

start
start
lift and touch foot
lift and touch foot

I’m supposed to be working on single leg moves while working on keeping my alignment straight.  (Notice Hunter working in the background??  Nice, huh?!)

ready for side 2
ready for side 2
lift and touch foot (stay straight!)
lift and touch foot (stay straight!)

Monday 12/8 -45 plank (elbow) with knee in to leg lift.  (right – left = 1 rep)

ready
ready
left knee in
left knee in
push leg back and lift
push leg back and lift
right knee in
right knee in
right leg up
right leg up

I haven’t done any planking in over 3 weeks so this was tough!!!

It was a running day!!! 7 miles in 55:50 followed by 1.5 easy miles.

Tuesday 12/9 - 45 back kicks.

ready position
ready position
push foot back
push foot back

After the first set of 45 I had to switch sides and do 45 more.

ready to start again
ready to start again
push back
push back

I did a DVD that I hadn’t done in a long time – Reebok Cardio Tone.  This was just over an hour of cardio based toning – fun times!!!

Wednesday 12/10 - 45 medicine ball crunches with legs straight up and hands holding ball reaching to feet.

easy part
easy part
reach ball to toes
reach ball to toes

And, another day of running!!!  8 miles in 63:57 followed by 1.5 easy miles.

Thursday 12/11 - 45 single leg squat while on a step – push leg off ground down in front of step.

ready position
ready position
down
down

The left side wasn’t too bad!  But, then I had to switch and do the move on my right leg (the one with all of the problems!!).

ready
ready
down
down

You can tell that I couldn’t go nearly as low on this side:(

I did a weight lifting DVD – Get Ripped & Chiseled.  WOW!!!  I haven’t lifted in over 3 weeks and I have been sore for the last 2 days!  Love it!!!

Friday 12/12 - 45 front straight leg lifts with small band around ankle.

start
start
lift front
lift front

Part of the challenge on this is to stay straight (trying to work on my alignment).  BTW – I noticed after the fact that I had my T-shirt on backwards – classy!!!

2nd side
2nd side
lift leg front
lift leg front

This was my 3rd running day of the week!!  6 miles in 48:00 minutes followed by 1.4 easy miles.

Saturday 12/13 - 45 back leg lift with band (my special therapy band:).

ready
ready
lift leg back
lift leg back

Still trying to work on balance with good alignment!

ready for side 2
ready for side 2
lift leg to back
lift leg to back

The rest of the day consisted of about 6 hours of shopping, a cello concert at the library, and a couple of hours of cleaning and ironing at the venue – not a true workout but lots of moving!!!

I’m not running the speeds or distances that I really want to run but I”m happy that I’ve been running again!!!

Happy Saturday!

Kim

A Hobby Should be Fun not a Source of Stress

I love blogging – everything about it but especially all of the incredible people I have “met” through blogs!!!Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.42.08 PM

However, lately I have been feeling stress instead of joy when it comes to blogging.  Mostly because I am trying to cram it in to a short amount of time that really should be spent with my family or going to an activity with the boys.

Last week we had events 4 days in a row at our venue.  This week we have 6 straight days of events.  That means I will be cleaning, setting-up and ironing table cloths for hours every day.

When I come home I just want to spend time with the boys!!!  Instead I feel like I need to sit down and catch up on blogs.  But blogging is supposed to be a hobby!!!

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.41.08 PMI am going to give myself the permission to take a small break.  I might still read blogs when I have time and I will probably do my 45 recaps but I’m not sure how much else I will do for awhile.

I want to enjoy the month of December instead of turning  into a stressed mess because I haven’t even thought about shopping – I still have 2 weeks to get it all done!!!

I know this isn’t really a big announcement worthy thing.  I just thought that writing it down would help keep me accountable to myself.  Otherwise I end up just going along exactly the same way and not really making a change.

Do you ever put things in writing and share them with others to help you stay on track?

Happy Wednesday!!

Kim

 

Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 8.34.50 PMHave yourself a merry little Christmas.

We wish you a merry Christmas!

When you think of some of the traditional songs, many of them use the word Christmas.

However, it seems like everywhere you go people are bothered by making sure they say the “correct” thing.  But…..what is correct???

I grew up saying “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”

Over the past number of years I’ve found myself saying a mixture of “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays” just because.  This year at our event venue we have had a mix of people booking Christmas parties/celebrations and holiday parties.

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I don’t think that there has to be a “right or wrong” way to express this!!!

I know that many people think saying “Merry Christmas” is offensive to people who don’t celebrate Christmas but Ben Stein summed it up pretty well – it isn’t offensive, it isn’t a slight against another religion – it is just what it is.

We have been to Hanukkah with friends and loved learning how they celebrate!!!  I think it is great for our boys to see different things and parts of other religions.

I know that some people choose not to celebrate Christmas for reasons beyond religion.  I think that it is just like everything else in life – we should do what we do and respect what other people choose to do.

What do you say – Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, or something completely different?

Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 8.34.26 PMI will probably always say Merry Christmas and hope that it never offends anyone because that is not my intention!!!

Happy Monday!!

Kim

 

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