A runner can no more expect to train progressively year-round than a cornfield can expect to produce corn spring, summer, fall and winter. source
I am adding some yoga in which is stretching out my stiff muscles like I haven't in a long time. Feels good really, even if I am incredibly impatient with all the holding poses and breathing in and out. I like fast workouts. I am more of a HIIT type person so all this slow movement is a little bit of torture really.
I have been working on my pushups. One of the What's Beautiful challenges is how many pushups can you do without stopping. Last week I did 25 and this week 30. Boom! and I did 30 twice BOOM BOOM! with 5 minutes rest in between. If you want to see the video it is on my profile page.
The What's Beautiful campaign has been very inspiring and a fun way to connect with even more fitness minded people. I got into it because of Fitfluential and being sponsored by Under Armour through Fitfluential, but now that I am doing it I wish I would have started it sooner. It is a competition, but it is also fun. There are a lot of neat challenges. I have been going out of my comfort zone a bit and I think that is awesome.
Today I am going to get reacquainted with the pull up bar in my kitchen doorway. I learned about kipping pull ups so I might have to go outside and see if I can pull off some of those. I don't think my doorway pull up bar will be able to handle them without dumping me on the floor.
I did also exercise on my elliptical yesterday for 15 minute intervals at a super easy level. Boring and not at all the sweatfest I needed.
Injuries suck, they cause doubt to creep in. Will I ever be able to run again, how long will it take to get back to where I was and will I just get reinjured right away. Ugh. Am I crippled for life? (yes I know I am not really, but I am feeling discouraged right now).
Having a quad strain increases the chances of having another one. What does this mean? I can't do any sprinting right now or jumping, lunges etc, anything that involves heavy quad stress. Will I be able to in the future with the same amount on abandon I always have in the past?
It is getting better, just slowly. It doesn't hurt right now it just doesn't feel right. Things aren't normal. I want to have that feeling of running for miles and miles and losing myself in the run. I want to feel fast and powerful. I want to love the run.
It is so hard when it is your own body that is letting you down. Your own body that has done such amazing feats of strength and endurance and let you push it so hard. So hard I hurt it. and then I didn't listen so here I am.