Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Human Body is Amazing

Happy Sunday Bleeps!

The human body is a complex and amazing thing. When you stop to think about how it all works it's simply magnificent. It's all so interconnected.

Muscle memory is so awesome. I cut back on the weights for a little while. All it took was two days this week and things have tightened back up. I love that.

One of my favorite things about running is that when I am completely focused and in the zone I can feel just about every muscle being used. It's the best feeling.

Friday I did 10 miles. I felt fine during. Then when I was done the pain started. My foot. It's the same thing again. My foot felt jammed. That's the best way to explain it. There was slight swelling, but much, but I could see it in the ankle.  More importantly, the arch is tighter.

I hurt laying in bed Friday. when I woke up I felt a little better, but once I got up and was moving around it bothered me again. So I opted to just hit the weights. Later in the day I soaked my feet in epsom salt, massaged my feet and calves, and rolled my foot over a tennis ball.

I felt okay, but I was walking around barefoot. In retrospect, even though I was in the house, I should have been walking around in sneakers. This morning I was feeling better. I still kept it as a planned Rest Day. Tomorrow is distance day so I don't want to aggravate anything.

I ran some errands today. I wore my sneakers all day. ALL day. One of my errands was running to Good Will to look for gym equipment. I didn't find anything, but I did score an unopened tube of tennis balls for $1.96. SCORE! They are my best friend. I take them everywhere to massage muscles.

I feel much better tonight. I am planning on a distance tomorrow. I will be cautious. I will be careful. It will be a slow slow distance. I am taking no chances. 

I don't tell you that I'm not Fast to make excuses. I tell you that because even though I am not that fast I still keep going. I don't let it hold me back.

My body knows it is hurt. It compensates without me directing it. It compensates and puts stress on other parts. That's what happened with my iliotibial band. In order to not put stress on my hamstring and opposite knee I have stressed my band. 

My spine is crooked. My hip is a mess. My knee is full of arthritis. It's painful. I hurt every day. But, I'm learning to manage the pain. I'm conditioning my body. I would rather hurt as a result of being active than from being sedentary and not using my muscles. The Former Fat Girl hurt all of the time. Her muscles weren't conditioned for activity. The extra weight on her joints made moving painful. So if the choice is pain from being unconditioned or pain from LIVING, I'll take LIVING!

I hurt every day and yet I have never felt more alive!

Have a Blessed Evening

****Please note****

If you feel like you are alone on your journey and you just need some encouragement I am here for you! Shoot me an email and I will do my best to check in on you or give you the words of support you need several times a week. The journey is so much easier if you have support.

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