Join the club 

The more the merrier really, why should any joint or tendon be excluded from the pain party?

My elbows have been bothering me on and off for a while and I keep forgetting to mention it at physio. I booked an appointment specifically for them this time. They’re not that bad, I just like to know the score.

I’m tight in my pectorals, sub scapula and traps. I have some exercises to do and suffered through some pretty gross releases in my arm pit! I followed this up yesterday with a sports massage and those traps caused me some sweaty moments!

I have my new running shoes now, the idea is to start walking on the evenings that Tom collects Leo from forest school (Leo always falls asleep on the way home, so I don’t miss out on bedtime) I plan to strip the fat down with slow, prolonged, low intensity and then hopefully, I can start stepping it up somewhat. We’ll see 

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A tiny difference 

I can feel a miniscule difference in strength when I am working out my quads and I am far less restricted in my calves. I still can only just manage 2k running without my knees hurting but that is to be expected. I definitely won’t be doing the full mudder in September! 

Progress is hampered considerably by my lack of time in the gym, moving jobs has meant I only get 40 mins. This won’t be an issue once I can get onto heavier, more consistent workouts as I can reduce the reps. It’s frustrating that I am still wittering on about getting back into my rhythm a year down the line, I am one of the people I used to scoff at for constantly making excuses! There are none, I lack willpower, I am permanently frazzled from working full time and being a mum, I have just left a job I out my heart and soul into and was basically pushed out of on my return and I just need to reinvent it all, but don’t know where to start. I don’t feel strong in any way right now. 

That aside though, there is some progress, no matter how small! 

It has to get worse.. 

Before it gets better! At least that’s what I keep telling myself. I had my another physio session a couple of days ago and once again, I have suffered. This time he focused on strength exercises for my glutes mainly and some ankle /foot stabilisation. My glutes are basically lazier than a teenage boy and getting them working is a killer. My hips have complained incessantly ever since, it’s tendon disruption rather than muscular and I always find that’s worse. 

I not new to this game, so I know that there will be considerable disruption on the road to recovery, I just need to be realistic and acknowledge my pain though. Mark is great, he adapts things to work around my broken pieces. I think he is pretty amazed at just how shit my glutes are though. As long as I keep my focus and don’t rush things it’ll be a different story in 6 month’s time!