Workout Wednesday: October 30

Exercising with Good Housekeeping by Kevin Dooley via Flickr

I’m still dealing with the same IT band issues I talked about last week. I haven’t done any running or cycling in over a week and still I have pain down my hips and just above my knees. I use the foam roller in the morning and at night. I stretch after my warmup and before I start the fast walking that is now my only form of cardiovascular exercise. I had acupuncture and a 60 minute deep tissue massage to try to break up the lactic acid and huge boulder-sized knots in my legs. And still, the pain. This has got to be one of those Life Lesson things that’s supposed to teach me patience! (I’m not-so-patiently learning to be patient, I promise.)

So, what DID I do this week?

Wednesday – 3 laps on the walking path at work (10,663 steps)

Thursday – 1.85 mile walk in the neighborhood plus 2 laps on the walking path at work (1 mile total) (15,090 steps)

Friday – 3 laps on walking path at work (10.977 steps)

Saturday – 3.46 mile walk in the neighborhood (13,442 steps)

Sunday – Step Out 5K to cure diabetes, picnic in the park with my new Meetup group, plus mall walking! (17,192 steps)

Monday – 3 laps on the walking path at work (10,410 steps)

Tuesday – 2.92 mile walk in the neighborhood (11,918 steps)

My blood sugar readings are good, weight is still coming off (albeit a little slower), and I know that not being able to run or bike isn’t having a bad effect on my physical health, but mentally it’s driving me crazy. If you’d told me in January of this year that my inability to run or bike would be the toughest thing in my life in October, I would have laughed in your face. What a difference nine months can make!