Hips + HIIT and Pounds + Feet

Hip Pain

Last Thursday when I was on the treadmill, I got the idea to push myself mentally and see if I could set my speed higher than I’ve ever run before. It was a lot of fun and I loved the challenge. Somewhere during the 3 miles, I noticed a pain in my upper hip. I took a day off after that, but the next day I repeated the same 3 mile workout. I felt the same pain, so I took another day off. The following day I thought I would just do a mile and see how it felt. Well it hurt quite a bit and I ended up walking the second half mile and called it quits.

This is one reason why I have not been pushing too hard, fear of getting hurt. By this time, my hip was hurting at night in bed. I tried to research it, but my goodness, there are so many things going on with the hip anatomy. I’m going to assume it’s just a strained something or other and it will heal if I am kind to it.

Going forward, I want to spend more time strengthening and stretching to help prevent this happening again. I had almost eliminated both those things recently for some reason. I also need to think about my form a little. I don’t think I’m a natural runner. By that I mean, I have a lazy mind, not a speedy one. I do everything in life slower than most people. Some of this is that I’m very thorough. Most of it is because I’m a thinker more than a doer. I’m a natural couch potato. So what all this means, is that when I run I don’t take enough steps per minute and tend to leave my foot on the ground too long (letting it go too far behind me).

I don’t know much about anatomy or training. I’m a total amateur. For now I just want to run. I like the way it feels and I like how healthy it is for me.

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Wednesday Weigh-In

I’m down 2.5 pounds from last week. It feels good to be losing weight again after plateauing for so long. It really helped that I didn’t gain any weight over last weekend like I usually do. Here comes another weekend.

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Challenges

I’ve joined 2 challenges for May. There’s the Kick Butt Challenge at Simply Fit Inside and Out. If you aren’t already following Staci’s blog, please check it out. She has great healthy tips. This challenge is about clean eating and HIIT workouts. Even though I started, I’m taking a break while my hip heals. I’m excited to try the HIIT workouts. I’m hoping for them to kick my butt!

I’ve also joined Lisa’s challenge for May. Take a look at her blog for great inspiration. For this challenge we were asked to pick a realistic, healthy goal for the month. My goal is to lose 5 pounds this month. That seems doable and will make a great start to summer.

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New shoes

I received some new shoes this week from the “present man” (aka UPS driver). I was looking for some with a little stability for walking on uneven trails. I ordered these ASICS GEL-Scram 2 Trail Running Shoes online that I was able to get deeply discounted. They seemed a little wobbly when I tried them on. Hopefully they will be good for hiking this summer (if it ever warms up around here.)

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