This morning was another PT session with Britney! She told me she watched the Chicago Marathon to see if I was running so she could yell at me about it (She’s the 3rd person who’s said this to me.). I’m not crazy people! I know the difference between injured and hurt.
Today is the day she was going to evaluate me to see if i can start running again. I went through my exercised methodically as I was sore from teaching Insanity Round 3 last night. Then she put me on the treadmill to check my form.
Not bad, my right foot no longer turns out meaning my IT band is more flexible and hips are stronger!
Britney looks at me with her cat like green eyes and says: “Ok, you can start running again but if it hurts you walk an go slowly you are still rebuilding!”
And so we can begin again! I have 2 months to prepare for a 39.3 mile run…I know i can do 13.1 so i’ll start building from there.. I have to start slow and steady and do a lot more cross training and continue with my exercises but I can start. One step at a time
So, join me for this journey over the next few months. I think i’m going to be doing Les Mills Combat to keep my cardio and leg training up. I’m going to continue to teach my normal classes and massive diet changes need to happen to make up for the fact that I need to drop lbs to make up for lost time running. (the lighter i get, the easier it is to run, the less strain on the body)
I’m putting together a plan so stay tuned.
I’m injured. I used to always talk about recognizing the difference between being hurt and injured. Hurt, you can work through and around, injured needs rest and healing. Injured is when the doctor looks at you and tells you that you aren’t running the Chicago Marathon, you should stop running for the next few weeks and you’re going to physical therapy twice a week for the next two months.
Injured is when you’re tired and sore and your muscles start to break down because the body just needs a break. Injured is learning from your PT that you have weak hips and all the time you spend pushing forward has just landed you a few steps back.
I walked into yoga today ready to start rebuilding everything I had lost. Strength, flexibility, balance. It sucks going back to yoga after being away for an extended period. The body can no longer do the things the mind wants to do. The mind forgets how to concentrate and meditate. At one point, i’m doing the triangle pose and literally fell over!
Tomorrow night i’m going to another PT session where I get to rebuild my hip muscles and fix the flexibility issue in my foot and calf.
I was talking to my PT last session reviewing what I had been doing and she broke it down for me:
Two years ago I was at 380lbs. In that time I’ve ran 20+5k’s„ 5 10K’s 8 1/2 marathons, a marathon. I’ve done Insanity, P90X, Turbo-kick, and various other workouts. Lost 120lbs and expected to have no injuries during all that activity and pounding on my body. I’m blessed I didn’t get hurt sooner.
Now it’s simple, just do the Therapy, change up my workouts slightly and stop running for a bit. I really want to be ready to do the Goofy Challenge in January so this all kind of bothers me but I guess I’ll do what I need to do to get better.
Today was yoga, tomorrow is going to be strenght training and PT.
Wish me luck!
Because of all the cardio based workout’s that I’ve been doing since Jan, Today I noticed a weakness in strength training.
Total Body is an odd workout as the muscles that are working the hardest are not the ones you are actively working. Its almost like a detraction workout. ”Here, we are going to to tricep kick backs with 10lbs weights…WHILE in a warrior 3”
10lbs - easy
triceps kick backs - cake
Warrior 3 - easy-ish if I wasn’t doing tricep kickbacks with 10lbs weights shifting my balance.
The entire workout is kind of like this. one arm chest press while balancing on a stability ball. The muscles that are working the hardest are the ones to keep you stable on the ball, not the chest press.
I don’t think I fully understood this concept the first time I did P90X2 so all my studying for my certifications is paying off :)
I’m already sore from this weeks workouts and yoga but I then did the scheduled X2 ab ripper with the lovely Collette. I still don’t think the new ab ripper is as hard as the original but it works deeper and different muscles in your core
Tonight is back to yoga and i’m trying to decide if i’m going to do my 3 miles before or after yoga
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Have a great one!
I”m starting later in the season than I would have liked but my 1/2 marathon and marathon training began this morning. How do I know it began this morning and this wasn’t just A RUN?
I didn’t want to do it, I got up, got adjusted and started running and fell into the grove I fall into when i’m preparing for something. This is the start. Not the fastest or longest run but it was damn steady and I didn’t pause or stop one time during it.
I couldn’t find my running socks this morning so I ended up running in my vibrams, which was kind of a blessing because I re-adjusted my running and it felt great!
First 3 mile run done…many many many more miles to go
My first run is the Zombie run on June 1st followed by the warrior Dash and who knows what i’ll start to sneak in before or after that.
Tonight is P90X2 Plyocide
Last week I had the hardest time staying motivated to workout. I pushed through a few workouts but in general it was a very weak showing. Yesterday felt about the same as the weather is dark, cold and rainy (to all people who CLAIM to love fall, enjoy your messed up season where everything dies!) and just zapped my energy to do anything. I got up this morning with a determination to have a good workout!
Will power, it’s the difference between staying in a overweight unhealthy body and pushing yourself to get fit and healthy. One of my favorite super-hero’s entire ability is based on will power
Will power is what got me the last 4 miles on a marathon when I could barely move because my feet were cramping so badly. Will power is what got me from 380 lbs down to 285 lbs in a year. Will power got me off my ass this morning and into the last 3 weeks of my P90X workout!
There is a moment when you start to do 4 count push ups on bars when you decide i’m going to give this all i’ve got or i’m going to crumble 1/2 way down. This mornings workout is the boost I’ve been needed to push me through the post marathon depression (yes it’s real, I didn’t believe it until it hit me). I feel re-energized and i’m planning on running tonight. I have a 10k on Sunday!
I even managed to do a modified Ab ripper x! My groin is still kind of tugging but i’m able to do 80% of the workout which is better than a few weeks ago when I couldn’t do anything.
The body is healing, the energy levels are climbing again. Two more weeks of P90X and then I start my next workout program that will take me through the end of the year…only I don’t know what i’m doing yet…go figure.
I’ve also set another large goal for next year:
I’m not one to sit and rest on pas accomplishments! I ran a marathon, I got my medal in the mail yesterday so I can officially close that accomplishment. Next year I want to do a triathlon! I need to get my gym membership back because I need access to a pool but this is the plan.
Two weeks left of P90X! I start teaching P90X and Turbo-kick at the park district this Saturday and I plan to start Triathlon training sometime in November. I am running the Disney 1/2 marathon again in Jan and I hope to keep up with my training enough to run….gulp, another marathon in Feb or March…yeah I know I said never again.
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Keep pushing play and let’s finish out this year of fit strong!
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Welp, last night we did 3 miles with me pushing a stroller…with a flat tire…ugh. Kat is training to run the Disney 1/2 marathon with me. I did this run in my vibrams, nice and slow since my calfs are really kind of bothering me. I need more water and more stretching
This morning I work up at 2:30 knowing that I have to do my 4 mile run in the AM as I have school tonight. I tossed and turned and dreaded but I have to get this done. i’m so close to the end. I headed out at 4:40 this morning determined not to push to hard but to get a good run in.
OH MY GOD!
I put out the fastest times I have ever run! This is the first time I have run a sub 10 minute mile in ages. In fact I ran 4.4 sub- 10 minutes miles. I ran sub 4.4 sub 9 minute miles!!!
4.34 miles in 36 minutes! That’s faster than my last 5k! Check it out:
I wouldn’t have believed it if I did do it!
4 months of running, Asylum, doing an Ultimate Reset and P90X and I’m finally fast again! Finishing this run felt like that scene from Rock IV when he climbs the mountain
Chicago Marathon, I’m ready!
Now i need to do some stretching, fortunately today is P90X Stretch X…how is that for timing? See, I really do time all this shit down to the wire :P
This is marathon week so i”m going to redo P90X recovery week rather than start on Phase 3 this week. It would be kind of silly to push myself uber hard doing this workout only to be to sore to do the marathon.
I’m shocked I was able to do marathon training and P90X at the same time. Granted I did skimp on the leg workouts and after I got injured I couldn’t do ab ripper for a month.
So this week will be my last few runs and a lot of Yoga and stretching. I may do a day of core syn just to keep it honest.
Have a great week
Well, this is it! I did yesterday’s scheduled 8 mile run this morning and that is the last ”long” run before M-day.
This was not the best run as I hadn’t run at all last week. I definitely have a sinus infection, which kind of scares me because it totally messes with my breathing and I don’t want to be THAT GUY shooting snot out of his nose the first 5 miles of the run. This was a cold-ish run. I decided to run it like I would dress for the Chicago so it was T-shirt, shorts and compression socks….and 48 degrees. Took me about 2 miles to get warm ish and my lungs didn’t want to start working until 4 miles in. I discovered upper body fatigue as my shoulders are tired from yesterdays yoga and didn’t want to run. This was also my first out and in before the sun came out run!
This was a kind of difficult run, mostly because I didn’t run all last week, a bit because I didn’t eat the best the last few day and the whole sinus/snot issues. This coming week, I must get in my 3,4 and 2 mile runs just so my body is back in a running mode.
My hip started hurting around mile 7 but again, i think this is more because I hadn’t done any running last week to get those muscles flowing. This is also the first run where something happened that kind of scared me. I’m running and a car goes by, then the same car goes by again, and then again, and then it slows down and goes by again. I don’t think I’ve ever been so glad to get off a street and onto a trail before.
So this is it, I pick up my race information either Friday night or Saturday and by this time next week I’ll be downtown ready to do this. WOW, just saying that sent butterflies through my stomach. oh wow, i’m going to run a marathon
This is recovery week! True to P90X form, by the time you get to week 4 of whatever phase you are in, recovery week is a much needed change! Core Synergistics today and guess what? My groin and hip is well enough that I was able to do it! I still have a little pain and weakness but I think it’s more needing to work these muscles than needing to rest them now.
I’ve made the decision that I”m going to do this week twice. Next week is the marathon and rather than break myself doing P90X I’ll just do a second recovery week which will work Yoga, Core and the areas i’m wanting to get some more strength and flexibility in that will ultimately benefit me for the 26.2. See, i’m always thinking :P
Last night’s workout was P90X but was a little different, I did a demo class for the park district because they wanted to determine if it would be a good add to their schedule for the next session of workouts. I think they liked it! I had a group of 8 women and they rocked out some push-ups and lawnmowers. I was impressed! They really liked he turbo-kick session so we shall see what decision is made but I think I’ll be teaching P90X soon.
Tonight is suppose to be a 4 mile run but I have a paper I need to finish by tomorrow so I don’t know if that’s going to happen. This fall weather is rapidly zapping my will to do anything physical so I made the extra effort to do my workout in my old 4 am time slot this morning just to get moving effectively.
Keep pushing play! 51 days in and this workout will be done in time for Thanksgiving! My clothes are not loose and when I get some more money i’m going to have to get new ones. I was stronger doing core syn this morning than I have been in the past, even with the injury! The body is changing all you have to do is keep pushing!
Now i need some Shakeology!
Today is suppose to be Plyo-X, as my hip is not in plyo-x condition as of yet, I went for a slow and controlled 4 mile run.
The hip is performing well on the run, no unecessary pain, my stride is off a bit and I can feel that my leg wants to pull a different angle but i’ll work on that. I ran in my vibrams because, when I want to make sure i have correct running form and posture, these shoes are the bees knees.
Wasn’t the fastest run and I probably walked about a mile of it when I decided to go off the path an on the dirt trail.
The place I was teaching turbo-kick was forced out of business this weekend so I need to find a new studio to teach at (this makes me sad as it was one of the activities I really enjoy doing).
Tomorrow is another day, keep pushing play. Just because summer is “over” doesn’t mean you can’t be in great shape for all the fall parties coming your way!