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

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