Monday, December 2, 2013

Making Lemonade

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