Nothing sucks more than having the time, motivation and desire to exercise, only to suffer an injury that stops you from doing it. Lately it seems every week I have a new injury and I’m not sure why*.
It all started a few weeks back (about 5 weeks ago) when I was getting back into running and although not running far, I was aiming to run at least a mile a day. The previous weeks had seen me run 2-3 times a week alternating between a 5.5k run and a 1.8k run (two local routes that are convenient for running whilst also taking the dogs out). When I decided to go daily I was aiming for the 1.8k route, but working on increasing the pace. One day, for no reason I could fathom my hip started to ache but I ran through it (because if I stopped every time my body protested I would never get out of bed!). The next day when I ran, the ache turned into a stabbing pain that stopped the run… and I’ve been dealing with it ever since.
So that lead me into Yoga – I figured what ever was wrong with my hip would benefit from some stretching, plus I’ve previously enjoyed the few yoga sessions I’ve done, so it was a win win.
As it turns out I love yoga – I just need to listen more to my body about what it can comfortably achieve!
Yoga lead me to the local leisure centre (Matlock) which is new centre and has a great 25 meter pool, so I started swimming again – nothing major (I’ve never been a good swimmer) just sets of 10 lengths (breaststroke) with an aim of doing 3 sets plus 2 (which to my reckoning is half a mile) and then building up from that to doing the 32 lengths without stopping.
The first week of yoga and swimming were great – challenging, but great – but at the weekend of the first week (whilst NOT exercising) I pulled a muscle in my left shoulder blade (or trapped a nerve, or somehow hurt). That left me pretty much incapacitated for a day and then out of action for the week.
I then returned to yoga the following week and at the end of the very first day I had done exactly the same but in the right shoulder blade.
I’m guessing that in one of more of my stretches I am overreaching – I need to explore this with my teacher.
So here I am – 5 weeks into a healthy start, currently suffering an injured back and still a sensitive hip and rather frustrated**.
There are a couple of positives; I can still ride my bike, and this has given me the motivation to dig it out of the shed and take it out a few times – the downside to that though is my arse hurts so cant ride to often (need to toughen up those cheeks!).
The other plus side is that I have also been eating healthier – so far I have lost just under 5kg since August so hopefully that downward trend will continue. I came back from travelling 18 months ago weighing 94kg and I would love to get back to that which is only 1.5kg away now***. An AMAZING goal would be to get below 90kg. If I achieve that I am going to reward myself with something special (yet to be decided!).