That’s right, I’m back baby!

I just completed an activity with RunKeeper http://runkeeper.com/activity?userId=15259197&trip=356267930

Happy to report, I complete this run with NO knee pain. Yoga, strength training and massage (plus acupuncture this last session) seems to be working. Oh hell yes, I was so worried the IT band syndrome was going to derail my whole summer running plans!

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A not fun new behavior in my Lu

So Thursday and Friday night, Lu started to exhibit some fairly aggressive behavior with Friday night being the worst of it. I know I did not handle things great and probably helped to escalate the situation and it scared the shit out of me. I called her dad in a panic and my mom, freaking out, crying, trying to stay calm but failing miserably. It was not fun. at all. Lu was pushing me hard, she could have pushed me down if I wasn’t paying attention and bracing for her pushes, she threw stuff at my head and slammed a door in my face. UGH. I do not want my normally sweet child to behave this way. So, I did some reading on autism and aggressive behavior and realized I need to have a calm plan of attack for when this behavior emerges again. I’m pretty sure she is just wanting attention and I know she likes to see me react angrily, she laughs while I get more and more angry. It’s so maddening.

So, my mantra from now on will be, calm and cool, calm and cool, calm and cool. If she isn’t getting the reaction she wants from me, she will hopefully move on to something less aggressive and scary. Wish me luck. I will also call her doctor to see if she has any advice or if she thinks we need to see a behaviorist.  And I’ll be emailing her teacher tomorrow to let her know about this new behavior and if she has any advice or can work with her while at school.


Today’s workout brought to you by Polica

So yesterday I didn’t get any glute work done before I had to get the kids off to their dad’s and myself off to work. I need to get a step counter so I can track how much walking I do at work. I have a feeling it’s well over 15k steps, especially on a Saturday. I read about RunKeeper and a new app they have for tracking your steps and general level of activity throughout the day but it’s only available for iPhone. I’ll download that once it’s available for android.

I made sure I got my glute workout in this morning. I did 3 sets of lunges, squats, planks and side leg lifts. My butt will hurt tomorrow and I love that feeling. I did ten minutes or so of relaxing yoga at the end to stretch everything out and also, just because yoga feels amazing.


another morning, another workout

Okay, did the same workout today as yesterday, the 30 minute pre-programmed workout number 4 on my treadmill and a yoga recovery workout from Runners World. I’m feeling real good but my knee is still painful ugh. So tomorrow is a no running day. I’ll do some glute work in the morning and then work a 10 hour shift on my feet with a lot of walking.


the slacking ends now

I moved my treadmill out of my living room and into my four season porch and today was my first workout with the new set up. I’m very happy with my new home gym, hah. It’s great to have the treadmill out of the way and not overcrowding my living room but still easily accessible. I will need to configure a good cooling system for the summer heat though as the porch bakes in the afternoon sun.

So, as far as my slack training, I’ve been nursing a tender left knee for over a month now. I’m pretty sure it’s IT band syndrome and it’s irritating as fuck. I ran a 15k a few weeks ago and while my time wasn’t horrible and I ran across the finish line, I could hardly walk for 30 minutes or so after the race. Stupid, maybe, but I paid to run that race and I was going to run it. I’ve been researching and reading up on how to help my knee and I believe I’ve come up with a good plan. Any experts or others that have been through this want to weigh in, please do so!

  • I’ve added strength training back into my workout routine, specifically my core and glutes
  • yoga and foam rolling
  • massage and chiropractic care
  • and most importantly, a slow build up of miles.

I don’t like doing much of anything slow but I need to protect my knee and body and if I want run long-term, I need to do this right.  My next race is one month away which should give me plenty of time to get myself together.

I haven’t ran at all since the 15k two weeks ago so I got on the treadmill and did one of the pre-programmed workouts, number 4. I like that workout because of it’s slow build up and nice slow down with a power punch at the very end. I didn’t want to just jump on the treadmill and go out for my usual 5k pace which I felt would have made my knee throb pretty quick. I’m happy to report that my knee only had a bit o’pain at the very last fast part. And now I’m going to do some yoga!

 


My morning run

I just completed an activity with RunKeeper http://runkeeper.com/activity?userId=15259197&trip=332999771

First time with Cae Cae and the stroller this year. Slow going and I have a nagging pain in my left knee. Time to get serious with the cross training!


The start of run season 2014!

I just completed an activity with RunKeeper http://runkeeper.com/activity?userId=15259197&trip=330578423