Friday, November 5, 2010

My 'er get it done plan!

Yes, I realize what I did there! First I have to say a huge thanks to everyone that commented yesterday. You all have no idea how much your words lifted me and (if your Kovas especially) made me laugh! It is just what I needed to hear to not all keep going, but also to remind myself exactly what I love about this bloggy world and all my digital friends. With the exception of my Mom, love you too Mom, I don't truly know any of you and only met you through this virtual world, yet you are the ones to offer me words of comfort. And not just empty words, but the right words. So thank you again!

Now onto my stellar plan! What I am finding most frustrating, is my lack of knowledge about my "injuries". I don't even know that they are injuries. My shoulder started hurting suddenly back in highschool, with no significant event to spur on the pain. After lots of doctors and a surgery, it was determined I had a bad shoulder and needed to rest it for 2 years for the pain to cease. Helpful. How do you stop using your shoulder for two years? It did cause me to cut back to 2 sports a year instead of 3, otherwise the pain was too overwhelming. Often my knees would also hurt, especially while bending in lifts and such, but same thing, no real problem could be found. When I started running this summer, my shoulders were the first thing to hurt, followed quickly by my hips, especially when I added in swimming. It was actually when taking a break to rest my hips that my knees started to hurt, and they have killed ever since. Depending on the day, one may hurt worse than the other and it can switch. If I totally rest (stay off my feet and ice all day) they will feel better, but as soon as I move again it comes back. So I haven't ran in two weeks and haven't biked in almost a week, trying to give them a bigger break. This is where the possibility for Lyme disease has come up. It affects the joints severely and worsens with time. It also causes fatigue, headaches, numbing in the hands and feet, and other symptoms I have been dealing with since highschool. I don't know that I have Lyme disease, I am just hoping so that I can finally figure out what is wrong with me.

With my lack of info I want to be careful, at least till I talk to the doc. I also know if I push things too far, my joints tend to just give out. So my plan is...
  • Stretching- At least 10-15 min a night. I can't do yoga, bc of the pressure it puts on my knees but I can do some of the stretches. I can at least come out of this one limber chick!
  • Hip Strengthening- Just in case my hip pain is unrelated, I want to strengthen that sucker up to prevent future injury. Runners world had a good exercise for strengthening the muscle. Do this every night.
  • Abs- 3 days a week. There a few ab moves that don't hurt anything else, so I will focus on these, and do them till they burn! I definitely need a stronger core.
  • Arms- 3 nights a week. I may be able to find a few moves where my shoulder stays stable. I will do these with light weights or a band.
  • Keep dreaming- I want to come up with my race schedule for late spring and summer. I hope that will help me stay focused on all the great things ahead, even if I am missing out on some things now!
Thanks again for your words and blogs. They keep me going, I promise my sarcasm and whit and love are here to stay! And if you have any suggestions, please feel free to pass them on!

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10 comments:

Aimee said...

That must be so frustrating not to know what is going on with your body. I think you are smart to take it easy until you can see your doctor. Hopefully, he/she will be able to give you some answers! Hang in there!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Heal, heal!!! And, hang in there! Cheering for you!

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Big Daddy Diesel said...

THis was great to read!! You are right, a bunch of people, 99% unknown, all brought together in a common interest brings such joy to one another.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Hopefully your doc will okay your schedule and much more! Have fun planning the 2011 race season, way to look forward.

Amber said...

You let me know when you can bend like that girl! :o

Leah @ Chasing Atalanta said...

Sounds like a good plan! You'll be back before you know it. Also, if you're looking for more hip strengthening exercises I highly recommend the Myrtl Routine. I started doing it last year for a nagging hip issue and it's worked wonders. Here's a link to a demonstration video:

http://www.runnerspace.com/video.php?do=view&video_id=8103

ShutUpandRun said...

I remember reading about Bart Yasso's struggle with Lyme Disease in My Life on the Run. Hopefully that's not what's up with you, but good that you are looking at all options..

Check my blog for some good news for you!!

Tricia said...

Totally know how frustrating it is to be off and not know exactly why. *hugs*

Cynthia O'H said...

I'm so far behind in reading right now. Being off is frustrating but there are so many ways that you still stay in tune with what is going on around you.
What is most important is that you spend the time to find the root and dig it up. Writing about that, sharing experiences is informative; if you're like me, that will also give you a form of "therapy". Stay strong (and with that plan, you will be strong).