Thursday, January 5, 2012

Three Things Thursday

1.  Physical Therapy:  I had my last appt with my Kaiser PT this morning.  He was happy to hear {and I was happy to report} that I’m running pain free with only some lingering tightness in my piriformis and hamstring.  He had me do some balance tests and strength tests {like always} and then assigned me some new and/or modified exercises to do daily for the next few weeks and then I can transition to only doing them 2-3x per week.  Also, in addition to slowly returning to running, I can start adding back in all activity {good thing since I already have}.  This week I did some yoga on Tuesday morning before going for a run and I will be going to the gym tomorrow to resume regular cross training on the elliptical and stationary bike.  I don’t think I’ll start to add in strength training until February --- I’ll just stick to my PT exercises as well as incorporating core strengthening exercises {which I started this week too}.  Regarding my lingering piriformis and hamstring issue:  I’ve already contacted my chiro {the sports doc I was seeing before I went to Kaiser for x-rays & PT} to find out if he thinks an ART session would be beneficial.  I hope to hear back from him soon as more relief would be ideal :)

2.  Plank-a-day:  One of my January goals is to do a plank-a-day for the entire month.  I started with 30sec then went to 35 then attempted 40 last night and it was h-a-r-d.  So I’m going back to 30sec until I can hold it without shaking then I will start to increase my time.  I can see the plank-a-day hanging around longer than January but we’ll just have to wait and see.  I lost a lot of core strength while I was injured and not running {all my fault because I got lazy about it} so I’m looking forward to building it back up … especially if it will help my lower back pain and running :)

3.  Treadmill:  At the beginning of December we bought a new-to-us-but-very-used-basic treadmill {it does incline and speed and doesn’t go lower than 1.5%} and I ran on it this morning.  I’ve used it a couple of times before {for a walk and a “run test”} but today was my first “run” on it.  We don’t exactly have it set up in the ideal location currently {its in one of our spare bedrooms facing a blank wall} so thankfully I was busy keeping track of my time/distance/pace every few minutes and switching from running to walking to keep me occupied because staring at a blank wall is b-o-r-i-n-g.  While we don’t intend to use it very often we couldn’t pass up a great deal and it did come in handy today since both the husband & I ran on it this morning {because we both wanted to get out workouts done early since we’ll be at a running group meeting tonight}.  Eventually I’d like to have it set up to face our extra 13” TV and get a cheap DVD player or something.  OR maybe a shelf so I can watch Netflix streaming or read on my Kindle Fire {there is no shelf; the Kindle would slide right off the face of the treadmill}.  But for now, on days like today, the current set up works just fine.  {PS – I did 3.15 miles in 45min and ran a total of 24 of those minutes broke up as walk, 7min, walk, 7min, walk, 10min, walk and felt GREAT!}

Happy Thursday!
What’s on your mind today?  How are your resolutions/goals shaping up so far?


christa said...

I am pleased with my goals. I've been on time to work 3/3 days, I've ran 6 miles only 994 more to go, went to Bikram 1/3 times for the month, made a new recipe, Mexican pasta, and cleaned out my sock drawer and started on my jewlery mess.
Glad to hear you are running again!

Ali Mc said...

I love the plank for the day idea :D I am going to try and keep up w you!

Maureen said...

Good idea with the planks!

Oh and running at a 1.5% incline? To me, that makes it so much harder! What a great work out, even if you are staring at a blank wall ;).