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Saturday, January 7, 2012

... And a Happy New Year!

It's been a while since I've written. This week I've had a lot of thinking to do. Doesn't that always happen with the new year?

On the First, I kicked things off with the Polar Dash. My friend M decided to walk it and I ran it, as best as I could. It was my first winter race. No chip timing since it was a fun run!

The morning was cold and windy along the Mississippi River. Lots of runners packed in and it took about 2 minutes to even cross the timing pad.  I saw a lot of people walking and running and into the first mile people began coming past the other way. I was looking for some familiar faces to cheer them on and finally saw my friend George another Ramsey Runner from my 10K race. I finished the race running and walking with my average time and burned about 529 calories! Good start for me!

Polar Dash Finisher's Medal
The rest of the day was fairly uneventful, I was pretty tired and still cold. The next day, hubby and I were off work and we didn't have any day care. So we decided to do some shopping and other errands. I don't recall anything being wrong, just maybe a few tight muscles.

At one of the stores my 4yo dropped a toy and I bent down to pick it up. Maybe I should've bent my knees and done a proper pick up. For whatever reason, when I stood back up, I had a dull shooting pain in my left hip area. It felt like my thigh, groin, and hip all at once. I honestly had to stand there for a good minute just breathing through the pain, and of course, my hubby wasn't around at that moment. When he came back, I told him what had happened and we took it fairly easy until we got home. I took some pain meds and did more sitting around. Later I took a bath hoping that it would relax something.

No such luck. The next day back at work, I could hardly sit. I decided to go to the Dr. but didn't get in with my regular Dr., of course. This Dr. took a couple X-rays, which didn't look right to me. But what do I know.  No real instructions from him other than no running for a couple of weeks until I could get in to see a specialist I had lined up for a different appointment.  Also, a radiologist would be reading the X-ray to make sure there wasn't anything serious that he had missed. I didn't even get any stronger pain meds prescribed.

No running. I felt like I was put in a time-out for bad behavior.  I haven't reached my weight goals by a long shot so there is a lot of weight that is being forced on my joints when I exercise. At this moment, I feel like if I can't run, then I can't lose weight. That running is the only way for me to lose weight in addition to the tracking on My Fitness Pal.

And I love running. I love how I feel when I can accomplish the time or distance that I have set up.  I have noticed the difference in my own body when I've been running more frequently. My clothes fit differently and I just feel better both mentally and physically.

I'm trying not to get ahead of myself with what might happen at my upcoming Ortho appointment. I'm worried about what I will be able to take on if I can't run. And there are events that I was looking forward to doing this year that I would rather not have to try and tackle as a walker. But again, I'm getting ahead of myself.

In the meantime, I am trying to get back to the basics. I'm conscience of making healthy food choices with portion sizes too. I'm drinking more water and we haven't bought pop for the house in a long time.  I'm also researching the exercises I can do that are low impact. At this point, I haven't done anything because of the pain. I'm trying to listen to my body and not force anything. Which is the advice that I would give others. Funny how we don't always practice what we preach.

Happy New Year to you all! I hope your 2012 has started off with good health and no injuries.