Routines

On October 13, 2010, in Miscellaneous, by scott

During the beginning of this year I was running regularly, lifting weights regularly, and not even giving a second thought about what I was putting in my mouth (due to the fact that it was more than likely health and clean.) I was getting back into decent shape and able to post a great (to me) time in a 5k while working toward longer distance runs in the fall.

Something happened in July which totally altered the routine I had developed for myself. I pulled my groin. Suddenly, there was a pain every time I lifted my foot off of the floor. Even worse, the pain that I felt while lifting my foot from the floor to the rudder pedal while working was at the point where I was using my arms to lift my leg. End result, about 3 weeks off of work.

I don’t honestly know how I did it, but I can tell you that it is something I don’t wish on anyone. The pain is something that is indescribable for me. My son liked to bounce on my knee, no more. My daughter would want me to pick her up for a hug, I couldn’t. I wasn’t able to walk without a limp anywhere. I wasn’t able to run. I wasn’t able to lift. I could lift the weights, but I couldn’t carry the weights from the rack to the bench.

The doctor told me to take it easy and stay down. Can anyone with an almost two-year-old and a four-year-old tell me how this would be possible?

Motrin, Advil, Tylenol, and Vicodin. These all became friends along with trying to stay down and constant ice packs on my groin.

Long story short, it is now October and I still feel pain after certain activities. I am doing my best to not overdo anything. The running is starting to come back. The weights are becoming more of a regular thing. Now to fix the food.

One thing that happened while laid up was something I look at with a bit of disappointment. I was not very active at much more than eating… and I’m paying for that now.

This leads me to where I am today: trying to push through a bit of pain to build up what muscle may have been lost. I know I did lose a bit due to my favoring the leg when walking for almost two months.

Oddly, for some strange reason, mowing the lawn put me out for the rest of the evening… and NO, I’m not trying to get out of the chore.

I am searching for that routine that I was familiar with for the first six months of this year. Energy to keep up with the kids. Motivation to get out and run at early hours of the morning while one the road. And the habit of working out, even if mentally I didn’t feel like doing it that evening.

Developing the routine for success. It hasn’t been easy, but I am determined to get back to where I was. To the point of at least one belt notch smaller. To the point of being able to bounce my son on my knee or pick up my daughter for a hug. To the point of being healthy for my wife, my kids, and myself.

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A Lesson in Humility

On May 1, 2010, in Miscellaneous, by scott

30:56. The time it took to run 3.1 miles this evening. 30:56! Three weeks ago, I ran this distance in 26:09. This evening’s run was a bit humiliating, a bit humbling, but much needed.

In a period of three weeks, I have not been running as often as I had before the 26:09 5k. Life happened. No races entered. No goals to train for. Oh, and a few things that also made it a bit uncomfortable to run.

The excuses:

Two and a half weeks ago I went to see a dermatologist due to a funky looking mole. He looked at it, said it probably wasn’t anything to worry about, but he wanted to take it off… so that’s exactly what he did.  (This particular mole was in an area that isn’t normally visible even if I’m just swimming trunks.) Knowing the possibility of removing this thing and potential recovery time, I ran 3.3 miles in under 30 minutes about an hour before the appointment.  (It’s amazing how a good run can help clear one’s mind)

The following week, I started the P90X program. WONDERFUL program and highly effective. The problem for me was when ‘Ab Ripper X’ turned into ‘Ab Puller Ouch!’ The first week went by and I felt great. The second week started with me not even being able to do one push up due to an ‘X-treme’ pain in my lower abs. It was at this point I decided that I should probably take it easy for a while.

Since the, I have jogged, hiked, and surfed, but nothing that pushed me too much… until tonight.

Abs feel ok, incision area feels back to normal, legs…. lungs… Where did they go?

Here is the set up for tonight’s run: (Please have a laugh at my expense!)

Wake up after having a couple tasty beverages last night

Panera Bread for lunch

Taco Bell Volcano Nachos for dinner <—-NOT a good idea before a run!!!!

Kids head to bed, wife rests her eyes, and I hit the pavement. It very quickly dawns on me that I can’t run my normal pace. After the first five minutes, my app is telling me I have only covered 0.4 miles!?! What? Have the GPS satellites changed positions?  What is this 10:40 minute/mile pace?

Legs feel like lead, pace and stride don’t feel right, breathing isn’t as easy as I have known it to be, the warmth of the nacho’s telling me they may need  TUMS, and the sweat that is pouring out of me all tell me that this run isn’t what I had become accustomed to. It was the necessary run to get things moving again.

After becoming frustrated with myself, I had to be honest with myself. It has been a while since I have had a decent run. It has been a while since I put good food/fuel in my body. It has been too long, and this was the start of getting back into my old cycle.

I kept putting one foot in front of the other, slowed the pace when I felt like I was working too hard, and put the miles in. Not the prettiest or most rewarding run, but one that I will remember.

This evening I have learned, if you fall behind on running, it’s time to lace up the shoes and get right back at it. No one can achieve their personal best without practice. It’s time to start training for a new personal record. Humiliated and humbled by a run, but still able to run longer than I was able to last fall when I started the C25K program, I look forward to my next run and returning to where I was three weeks ago. 26:09 NOT 30:56.

Happy Running!

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