Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sinus Infections don't make you run faster

Last week was a bit of a bust due to a nasty sinus infection.  I was extremely sleep deprived from the pain in my jaw that that nasty infection was giving me.  And then the headaches just wouldn't end.  So this is what I ended up with:
Tuesday:  full body weights- added in lunges to lower body
Thursday:  4 1/2 mile run at steady state for 7 minutes and recovery for 2 minutes
Friday:  full body weights
Saturday:  9 mile run that probably included 3 miles of walking.  My body was not happy with me for any part of this run.  It just seemed hard on my lungs and my whole lower body was hurting.  My piriformis was throbbing and my hips just ached.  I was even with Jodi for part of the run and it wasn't enough of a distraction!  All I can figure is that the lunges must be working that muscle too much and I need to modify them, make them easier some how or just eliminate them.  Maybe it was just a bad day.  I hurt all the rest of the day and all night long.  But thanks to Janz and the rolling pin, (it dug in there deeper than my foam roller) by Monday I was doing very well.  I'm still continuing to stretch it, but during my run today it didn't hurt at all.  And in fact, I forgot to wear my knee bands and had no knee pain whatsoever!  Hooray!
Oh and I'm still continuing on with my abs and pushup program.  It's getting harder but it feels good to know that I'm getting stronger and by the end of the week, I'm ready to move on.  
And I am thankful for each step I am able to take.  Read Mike's 1/2 marathon adventure and be inspired.  


Jennifer said...

I think it is great that you still got out there and ran even if you didn't feel well

Rusts said...

What an inspiring blog! I started running about 8 years ago to lose weight that I'd had forever. I've lost near 100 pounds, and I still run EVERY day, and I've been able to keep that weight off after two more babies.

We've done two 15k and 3 10k, but my dream is to do a half marathon.

I'll just keep reading your blog, and maybe that will continue to motivate me!

glad you liked your pics. I'll have them up on my blog before too long!

The Hoyt's said...

Wow jen you have quickly picked your miles back up.. Way to go.. I wish I was as lucky.. You go girl!!

Michael said...

Hey Jen, Thanks for your positive vibes. I'm down, but I'm not beaten. I have injured the head of the gastrocnemius muscle (aka 'calf) on my left leg. The pain was intense for about 5 seconds. So intense it brought me down like a sniper shot! I can walk bettr today, but very gingerly. The doctor says no running for 4 to 6 weeks...hmm, that sounds like a long, long time. I might have to take up scrap-booking or knitting ;>). I hate sinus issues! I feel the pain... no, sorry, that's my leg. Thanks again for the good cheer. Mike