I have injuries. Nothing too serious, I think. I’m on week 3 of the Couch-to-5K program and having the inner knee pain I always have when starting to run again. I’ve looked up what I can do to avoid this and have found the following things:
- Land more on the balls of your toes and less on your heels.
- Do exercises that strengthen the muscles around the knee.
It’s interesting to try and run on your toes, and it definitely does keep the inner knee from hurting. Not sure how cool it looks. Makes me think of those new foot-shaped “shoes” for running. They are all the rage among runners. I’m curious how they work for people like me with giant arches that cause my feet to over-pronate.
I do know a couple of people who tried them and never went back to the cushiony running shoes everyone wears now. Vibram Five Fingers is the brand I’m seeing everywhere now. Would love to try a pair. They seem to kind of force you to land on the front of your foot as opposed to the back.
Next injury, shoulder. I’m not sure why, but I have weak shoulders. Sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Like I can’t handle any responsibility or like I take too much on? Last year, I was diagnosed with one tendonitis-laden (tendonitic?) shoulder for which physical therapy was prescribed. They gave me a sheet of exercises to do and sent me on my way. Didn’t follow up (lack of responsibility – see above) but the shoulder seems to have healed well. Much larger range of motion and doesn’t hurt to sleep with it under my head.
Went to the doctor again yesterday and was diagnosed with something to do with my rotator cuff on the other shoulder. Physical therapy to commence. This one hurts WAY more and might be an obstacle to playing soccer again. Must get it fixed.
Trying to live with the injuries and do what’s in my power to remedy them, and don’t want them to be an excuse not to move my body.
Seems such good timing that on Monday evening on Mamavation TV, Katy Bowman will be the special guest. According to the Mamavation site, she’s…wait for it…”She is a Biomechanical scientist who specializes in helping people move their body correctly so they avoid injury” (!!!!!!) I will have some questions for her for sure! Especially ones that regard these crazy shoulders. Will I ever be able to compete in a triathlon? Should I not play soccer in the near future? Etc Looking forward to seeing her Aligned and Well DVDs! Hoping she has one for rotator cuffs! She does! Also some others of interest (there are 80 ailments in total) are asthma, post-C-section and menstrual cramps.
Interested as well in finding out what Carla Binberg, a.k.a. @Mizfitonline has to say about training for a long-distance run!
This week otherwise has been a little up and down. I seem to be down a total of 14 or so pounds despite the fact that I ate way too much Indian food last night. Trying to keep up with the training and eyes on the prize even with vacation coming up. Plan to rent a bike while there as well as doing running plan. 7 pounds until the 130s are gone!!
- Water water water!
- Don’t pig out on vacation!
- Exercise 4 of 6 days on vacation!
- No more chemical-laden diet soda! Period!
Head and Toes
Well, technically I don’t have any injuries on/in these right now, but I like the song.
Congrats also to Sista of the week @lovelyritaann!
Question: What injury, handicap, limitations have you overcome in order to be able to exercise?