Hooray! We made it to Friday!
I’m so pumped!
Aside from the whole, not being able to run thing I feel like I’ve had a really good week. But, I’m getting ahead of myself…
Last week I didn’t recap my workouts because I was sidelined for much of the week because of a thing with my knee. I went to physio Wednesday last week, and again Wednesday this week, and I think we’ve figured out what is bothering me, and why. (My bank account really hopes so as I’m paying out-of-pocket until July 1 for any physio, massage, and chiro appointments.)
Spoiler: it’s all because of my bum.
While taking 4 months off from running allowed my shin splints to heal (hooray!), my glutes didn’t get strong enough in my time off. I don’t have problems activating my left glute, but my right glute is stubborn and doesn’t want to work. I’m been working on clamshells and single leg squats every evening and it’s just stubborn.
My current issue is behind my left knee and is a result of my left leg doing all the work when I run. I’m temporarily benched from running until at least Monday (this means I’ll be a walker or a biker at Orangetheory on Saturday).
The circled area is where I’m experiencing pain and what we’re focusing on needing (the IMS in the semimembranosus muscle was brutal) and taping as the tissue is very tender and very angry.
We talked about my stride (I pretty much walk and run with my calves, and calves can’t do anything to stabilize the knee) and I’m going back to a more traditional running shoe and have two pairs of Brooks on order that should arrive next week. Ordering from the website gave me a 90-day return policy so that was a huge plus for me! (Michelle did a great post on heel drop and why running in a shoe with a drop can be helpful).
I also realized I have 20+ barre classes that I need to use up before June 4, so I’ve modified my schedule to include 2 barre classes per week. This will be really important in getting my core and glutes strong so I can stop getting injured.
Now with all the injury talk out-of-the-way, let’s talk steps! One of my April goals is to move more and take 10,000 steps per day. I haven’t been entirely successful, but it’s worth recapping.
- April 1 – 6,268 steps
- April 2 – 11,302 steps
- April 3 – 9,318 steps
- April 4 – 5,181 steps
- April 5 – 11,558 steps
- April 6 – 9,159 steps
- April 7 – 4,963 steps 🙁
On days like Friday (April 1) and Monday (April 4) where all I do is walk to-and-from work, I don’t get near enough steps as I should. I’ve been trying to go for a walk at lunch (when my knee cooperates) to get closer to the 10,000 step goal (April 3 and April 6 were walk at lunch days). I should also do better at checking my steps on my way home so I can make an extra loop if I need to top up my step count.
I’m also really enjoying the new hourly dashboard on FitBit. I’m not a fidgety person, so I can sit still for hours at a time!
Help me out!
How do you meet your daily step goal? Do you have any tips for helping me remember to do clamshells and squats twice a day?
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