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MY HIP(S) DON'T LIE

MY HIP(S) DON'T LIE

    I may have stole the title for this post from a song that I haven't heard in forever, but it's an accurate description of how this mornings run went. All 1 minute and 33 seconds of it to be exact. I was trudging along at an easy 6.2 mph and looked/felt like what can only be described as a wounded gazelle. My right him was all kinds of messed up and it felt like I had shin splits...but only in my right shin. AND GOSH DANG IT I EVEN ICED MY LEGS LAST NIGHT AND DID EXTRA FOAM ROLLING!!!. Not cool man. Not cool at all. And I honestly think I made the right call cutting my run short this morning and subbing in 30 minutes of walking at 4.0 mph. It was uncomfortable, but not painful.

    You see, I really, really did not want to skip today's run. I know, I know, technically I didn't skip it I just made a smart decision for once and played things safe. A general rule of thumb that I (try) to follow when it comes to whether or not to run at all (or run the distance I had originally planned on) is dependent on how the pain/injury effects my form. If I can run with normal or semi-decent form, then I don't really feel the need to scrap the run or cut it short. I might run it slightly slower than normal, though. However, it it effects my pace a lot or the pain feels like it might more than just soreness from the previous days workout...that's when some adjustments need to be made. Yeah I have ran before (outside even) whilst dealing with similar pain...and let me tell ya that was not one of my finer moments.

    First of all, I looked like a complete idiot who had never ran a mile before in her life. Second, I HAD TO GO TO THE CHIROPRACTOR AND TAKE LIKE A FREAKING WEEK OR SOMETHING CRAZY LIKE THAT OFF FROM RUNNING. Yeah, and then when I was allowed to run again it was all supposed to be on flat ground, no more than 2-3 miles, and it gets worse. If I felt even the slightest bit of pain I had to stop. That was the worst time of my life. It was so bad that I don't even remember how many days I had to take off exactly from running, just that it was awful having to walk instead of run and run with no hills. What's even worse then that, I will tell you, being told that you can (aka should) no longer run like a wild person on the downhills. Apparently that's really bad for your hips and not a good way to reward your body for defeating the hills you just ran.

    With all of that information in mind, it's no wonder my hips are all kinds of fucked up from Friday's run plus Sunday's heavy ass leg day. Cause when I ran on Friday, outside for the first time in forever, I didn't give no fucks. I was just like okay here we go let's try not to fall on the ice or get chased by any dogs today. The last thing on my mind was slowing down on the downhills because gosh dang it I wanted that adrenaline rush of running so fast you feel like you quite possibly could trip over your own feet and have a tumbling fall of Humpty Dumpty level proportion.

    Anyhow, the point of this rambling post is that it is 100% okay to scale back workouts if you're just not feeling it or are injured/dealing with intense pain. Don't feel guilty or bad about it. I've been there and definitely had days where I pushed myself when I shouldn't have. But, you need to listen to your body (and yes that's something I'm still working on to this day!) And hey, I still managed to enjoy my walking, incline walking, and leg workout. I had a light leg day planned anyway, so it worked out well. And I even made sure to stretch/foam roll before leaving for my exam today instead of leaving it til right before bed. But you better believe I am saying screw it on the icing. I will take my chances with some Tylenol and BioFreeze.
OOPS...I DID IT AGAIN

OOPS...I DID IT AGAIN

IS IT WORTH IT?

IS IT WORTH IT?