Never fun dealing with injuries and setbacks but glad to hear you are back at it.Terrible, to be frank. Finally getting back into it after time off for a couple injuries/issues (inner right groin strain, right kne Osgood-Schlattters flair up, and right side ITB issues). I was working a run streak and made it 104 days of a minimum 1 mile/day, but completely ignored my stretching/strength conditioning. Then, after dealing with these pains for about two weeks and running through them, my A-race in October became the latest Covid casualtiy and got cancelled. Honestly, it was a mental blow I wasn't ready for, and I said the hell with it, I'm taqking time off to get feeling better.
Started back last week with easy running (still painful), yoga 4 times/week, ITB stretches, heavy bag workouts twice/week, and doing "all day for reps" Murph training twice/week. Last week went well, this week is starting off good, so just want to continue this momentum.
Having a small procedure on the 21st of this month that will keep me from doing a lot for that week, but hoping to get back to heavy running in Sept. and give a full Murph an attempt again late Sept/early Oct.
These past weeks have felt like a huge failure in metal toughness and fortitude to me, but gotta get back on the horse and stop feeling sorry for myself. On the plus side, I've maintained my weight and not gained, so I'm doing something right.
Awesome job to everyone who's stuck with everything this year. This has been my most challenging year mentally in a while.
I've never heard of an injury like that, crazy stuff. Glad you are making improvements again.I love the monthly reports, thanks to all.
I had a good August, mile-wise, but an interesting injury.
On track for: Over 2,200.
On the injury, this is a sort of PSA.
In late July, I started weighted-pack hikes for muscular endurance workouts, following the Training for the New Alpinism model. They went very well -- so well, in fact, that I was having to hike quite fast to keep at the lactate threshold with 50 lbs. To accomplish fast hiking, I really cinched my pack down tight on the shoulders. (I've been using a Sierra Designs Flux Capacitor, which is not ideal from a weight-carrying perspective.) After a few sessions, I went to draw back my bow and just could not do it. I also couldn't do pushups or pullups, and my left arm was basically flopping around while running. Painless weakness in the left arm. Of course, that was pretty alarming in the medical community. I had a few appointments -- first time I've been to a doctor in over 10 years -- x-rays, and EMGs. Long story short, the docs think I gave myself a case of "rucksack palsy" (look it up, interesting stuff!) where the shoulder straps basically damaged nerves in the brachial plexus.
The strength is coming back now, but I had to dial my bow back to 60 lbs (luckily that works well now!), stop weighted pack hikes, stop and start over with pushups and pullups, etc. Thank goodness the strength is coming back, or I would be a spectator during archery season.
In the big scheme of things, not a big deal. But it was the weirdest thing for awhile -- the left arm just would not work for certain movements.
And I purchased a brand spankin' new Exo pack, so we'll see how the season goes.
I've never heard of an injury like that, crazy stuff. Glad you are making improvements again.
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Currently - 5'9" 200lbs and pretty darn strong for soon to be 32 year old who goes to the gym at 5am in the morning. (lost 10 lbs since Christmas but that was turkey, christmas cookie and booze weight so doesn't really count)
Weight - drop to 185 by August
Cardio - Run 2/3 times a week while increasing speed. Would like 2.5 miles in 20 minutes as average from June through September. (for me I find I have joint pain in hips/knees if running long distance but working on speed has worked out quite well for cardio and being painfree and less injury prone)
Strength - Continue current weight plan by building strength into June using workouts of 1-1.5 hours 3 times a week before work. Tapering off heavy weights from june through hunting season.
More Cardio - Incorporate use of Stairmaster by June to break up runs once running goal is met and replace some strength training time as that becomes less focused.
Core - recommit to targeting core with at least one exercise every day of week in gym. (5-6 days a week)
Flexibility - continue to stretch after workouts and work on becoming more flexible in hips, back and shoulders