|My hubby made a birthday dinner, including this awesome quinoa!|
|My birthday cupcakes...again, thank you to the Hubby. I ate 1/2 of the one on the lower right. Yum!|
I thought I was going to take 40 by storm...first, with the Houston Marathon and next with the Texas 70.3. So things are not quite going as planned. And yes, it sorta sucks. I am experiencing both sadness and anger over this stupid hip injury. To me, age is just a number - I've never worried about getting older. I am more fit than I was in my 20s (thanks to too much fun in college and post marriage weight gain), I am stronger both physically and mentally than I was at 30 and I have some
So the hip thing has to heal on it's own. I can help it along by doing my exercises from Dr. Chiro and not doing anything too crazy (like running a marathon). However, today is the day my focus is shifting. The Houston Marathon is behind me now and Galveston is getting closer and closer. In fact, there are only 73 days until the race!
Holy shiznit people, how did that happen????
ONLY 73 DAYS UNTIL RACE DAY!
I e-mailed Dr. Chiro late yesterday to get his opinion on the various activities he thinks I should/should not do. Then, I e-mailed Coach to get her thoughts. She is not worried. That's fine, because I am worried enough for the both of us!
So here's the plan - I will try the elliptical. If it irritates the hip, I will try aqua jogging. This should hopefully only be needed for a few weeks, but let's be honest here - I don't have time to spare. I need to get the cardio going again asap. I am also going to try some swimming, but will use the pull buoy to avoid bothering the hip. And then there's the bike - I attempted a 30 minute ride on Sunday. The good news - it felt great to be on the bike again! The bad news - it hurt my hip when I unclipped my right foot (which is the one I always unclip 1st) and it hurt a little when I first started peddling. More good news - once I got going, the hip felt okay. This seemed like a good start - the hubby is going to switch out the peddles to my old ones, so I don't have to clip in/out for another week or two. The goal here is to do enough to keep my fitness level and gradually build, but not enough to keep the hip from healing. (fingers crossed)
I am not sure if I can pull this off...I know that 4 weeks ago, I was riding 1 1/2 hours at a time on the bike and was swimming 2,000 and running...well, running 18 miles. But, for the past 3 weeks I have not done much more than my stretching and strengthening exercises for the hip.
Yesterday, I began my journey into my 40s. Today, I begin my journey to that 70.3.
Oh holy hell, this is going to be interesting.
Have you had to use the elliptical as an alternative to running? How about aqua jogging?