And by “it”, I mean weights.
My hips have been a little sore lately after I run. It started out as just my left hip, but now it’s both. I took a week off from running (as seen in my Running Log), partially from my hips and partially because it was just a rough week and getting up early was not in the cards. I wanted to see if my hips were getting sore from my runs (and maybe the shoes I picked weren’t the best), or if it was from wearing heels to work now (wintertime slush = boots to keep my pants from touching the ground, not flats).
My hips seemed okay, so I went to the gym today. Three miles at 6.0 with an incline of 1%. Let’s just say that it was not the most fun I’ve ever had. I could tell I took a week off. It was one of those runs where I kept stopping to skip a song in my playlist (my iPhone was zipped into a little bag as I forgot my running band), and I had to hide the display screen behind a magazine (not that it helped because I just kept peeking to see how much farther I had to go). Well, at least I did it.
Man, oh, man. After my run today, I can really feel it. Ugh. My feet also feel a little funny when I run, like a burning sensation. Again, I hope I just need some better socks and it’s not my shoes. Any thoughts on this my fellow runners?
Well, of course, I decided to refer to my good friend, Google.
After some research online, I’ve decided that I need to add some strength training into my Half training. I knew this was coming, but I was enjoying my every-other-day, early-morning-gym workout. I’m hoping to get into a routine (that I can keep) and start getting up early for work, five days a week. I really do not enjoy lugging all my gear to the gym. Seriously, a hair dryer takes up a lot of space in my workout bag… and I’m REALLY not a fan of the showers (or wearing flip flops in the shower). I’m going to try to get up and go, then come back home and get ready. It seems silly in a way because the gym is on the way to work, but we’ll see how it goes. If that fails, I always have my 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels DVD that I could do at home.
Maybe I just haven’t been paying attention until now (most likely), but I will say that the health and fitness industry has some excellent online resources. It was great finding some information from sites like RunnersWorld, LiveStrong or FitnessMagazine, and then it was even better to hear personal experiences from forums like SparkPeople. I love searching through posts to see if other runners have experienced the same issues, and (even better) they give you ideas of what they did to solve the problem.
My favorite source right now is online bloggers like CarrotsNCake and SkinnyRunner. These bloggers are part of a Healthy Living Network, and have a huge fan base and readership. It takes reading articles from magazines to a whole new level. You get to have a first-hand account from someone that you feel is a friend because you’ve been reading their blog for so long. My Blog Roll has links to some of my daily reads.
I’m telling you, the internet, she is a wonderful thing!
Today, I leave you with Eddie Money. This song has been stuck in my head since I left the gym. I know, my playlist rocks.
(You can thank me later for giving you this gem to watch).
Questions of the Day:
What are your favorite sites to explore?
Have any of you overcome injuries? What method(s) did you use?