You know the saying.... To be honest with you, that is exactly what I have been doing for a while now. Something happened in early October. The fact that I can't put my finger on exactly what happened frustrates me to no end. Be that as it may..... my left hip region/IT Band has been nagging at me ever since. The first thing I did was cut my running in half and used my foam roll even more. I figured the problem would work its way out. Here I am 5 weeks later.
My IT band is still delivering an uncomfortable, dull ache, that never seems to go away. Now I am not talking about PAIN, it is completely tolerable, about a three on a ten scale. My 'situation' does not stop me from mountain biking either. Riding my bike is not painful. That is a bonus.
While I would prefer to run outside as many miles as I please, I have made peace with busting it out on the elliptical. I have upped my gym time to replace my running deficit. If you play with the cadence and the incline you can get an amazing workout on it. I am kinda weird about touching the actual machine so I don't hold on to it. I get to feel "the burn" in my belly since this forces my core to work more.
Making lemonade isn't so bad if you approach it the right way. Sometimes I have to shift my goals a bit, that doesn't mean I give up on myself and give myself permission to fall apart. Been there, done that. I do not recommend it.
I have a really fun but highly challenging run coming up on December 14th at Pere Marquette State Park. I have been looking forward to this race for an entire year. This is one of the most organized group of friendly volunteers I have yet to experience at an event. To sweeten the deal...many of my friends will be ther. With a cap of 700 runners chances are good I will make a new friend. Last years race was extremely hard and somehow I managed to PR. I was hoping to do even better this year but I do not believe that is in the cards for me. No worries, I made peace with it and have focused my efforts toward staying positive and getting strong in the gym. Regardless of my end result it will be a good day.
|Thanksgiving Day hike|
The trails are beautiful this time of year. You should get out there, with your family.
|My little monkey slept well that night|