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.
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).
I liked this move!! And, of course, I had to flip over and do another set of 45.
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!!!
Wednesday 12/17 – 45 overhead circles with medicine ball (8 pound).
I circled clockwise for 45 reps and then switched direction for another set –
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).
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).
I’m really working on staying straight and not tilting my body on these moves while strengthening my hips.
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!!!
My hip was burning by the time I finished all 45!!! Then I flipped over to do more!
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!!!
This week was all about taking it easy with the workouts after last weeks high mileage. And, my legs needed the break – they were tired!!!
Sunday 8/31 – 44 jump lunges (straight up and down in lunge position).
This was a fun way to get the heart rate up!! It was hard to catch a good picture of me jumping:)
And, then I had to switch legs and do some more jumps –
Hunter did a pretty good job snapping a picture while I was in the air!!
Monday 9/1 – 44 reverse lunge to single leg T-stand.
My right hip was dying by the time I finished all 44 of these!!! And, then I had to work my left hip!
Can you tell that my balance isn’t as good on my left side? I’m not very parallel in that last picture!!!
Tuesday 9/2 – 44 front step to runners lunge.
Push off of right foot back to standing –
I did all 44 with my right leg and then shared with my left!!
I did Fat Burning Pilates (very low impact) and then walked with a 9% incline for 3.25 miles.
Wednesday 9/3 – 44 pulsing lunges with foot on stability ball.
The hardest part of this was staying balanced and not toppling over!!!
Today was Turbo Jam – Ab Jam (this was a fun ab workout that I always forget about!) and 4.4 miles walking at 9% incline.
Thursday 9/4 – 44 stationary side lunges with one foot on a wobble disc.
I did all 44 to the right and then switched feet so I could do more!
I pulled out a DVD that I rarely do – Shape Pilates. I did all 4 of the 15 minute sections for a decent workout.
Friday 9/5 – 44 step-ups onto foot stool.
And, because I’ve been way more tired than normal this week, I actually slept till 6:00 instead of getting up to workout!
Saturday 9/6 – 44 single leg squats with opposite leg extension. (and because I’m super classy, I’m going to show you the pictures I took in my bathroom mirror after my shower)
These were hard – between staying balanced and trying to coordinate the move it was a nice little challenge!!! And, I don’t want my legs to feel left out of a move so I did another set of 44 on the left leg.
No running this week – I will probably do a couple super easy runs early next week and then hopefully be ready for Thursday!!!