Making it Count

Yesterday was a run.  Not a long one, but a run nonetheless.  I've been told that running is the one activity from which you can't hide.  Meaning: on the elliptical you can slow down, you can pedal slower on the bike and take the energy down a notch when grinding through a cardio class.  But with running, unless you walk, you can't stop or expend less energy.  When you haven't run in a few days, it hurts. Yesterday's flat course was helpful.  I was having "one of those days" when nothing seemed to go right, I felt stressed and was a little cranky.  Initially, I thought to myself "I'm not going to workout today. I'm in a bad mood, I don't feel like it and I'm unmotivated." Which is exactly the reason I SHOULD have worked out, and in the end, it was the reason I did.

The slow trotting run was about 30 minutes, but by the 10 minute mark, my endorphins were going and I started to feel better.  It wasn't a long run, but it was just what I needed.  With my "bum" left knee, the right hip started to hurt and pull.  With bio-mechanics, when one knee hurts, the opposite hip usually hurts, while your body is trying to overcompensate and take pressure off the injured knee.  What it means to me, is that I need to get back to doing body resistance and strength work, to strengthen my legs and take some pressure off the knee, which would alleviate the pain in my hip.  I also need to foam roll, which hurts like a champ.  Ouch.

While it wasn't an intense workout, I did focus on keeping my spine erect, working the abs, and not slamming my feet into the pavement, making the 30 minutes a conscious workout.  With the creaking hip, today is a self-guided long yoga sequence at home followed by a foam roller session.

Also, check out www.hilaryphelps.com.  The new, interactive site, with photos, blog posts and some new elements such as "Perspective" which will showcase a person, via an interview, or have a guest post or vlog; you'll find daily reads and links to interesting articles; and an area where you'll see the latest recipe.  The blog portion is now just one component of the site. As always, I welcome your suggestions and comments and thank YOU for joining me on the journey.

Happy Friday!