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And...A Painful Run

Chili Night 
So last night we donned the PJs early and just sat around and relaxed. I made the Chipotle Tempeh Chili while Jason flipped around the TV: between Iron Man Kona and Miracle on 34th Street. Once the chili was done, we opted for a funny, light-hearted move, The Tooth Fairy. I have to say that I was really skeptical, but it was really a cute movie. Bed time came fairly early.

More Shopping and a Painful Run
This morning Sarah and I both started out with some oatmeal, then a trip to Kohl's and back to the mall. We had an expired coupon printed for New York and Company for an extra $40 off. There was a new one that I hadn't printed, but they said we could bring that in with the merchandise to get the difference. Um, for $40, totally worth it.

When we got home, Sarah decided she wanted to try one of my new Cathe DVDs - High Reps. She did the leg workout along with abs and said it was totally kick butt. Shaky legs (her words)! She cleaned up, packed up, and headed out after she was done (which made me very sad of course).

Jason and I headed to the river trails for a run when Sarah stared her workout. It was sunny and about 45 degrees. I was so excited to be down at the river for the run. Probably too excited. At the 2 mile mark, I told Jason I was feeling great and wanted to do the full 5.5 route. I have GOT to retrain my thinking. I felt great at 2 miles, but at 3 miles, the twinge, the slight pull of the IT band. I did the only think I knew to do, stop and stretch then walk for a couple of minutes.

We got going again and all was well, then another twinge, only worse. Yes. I'll totally admit that I pushed harder than I should have. But I stopped again to stretch and walk. I did this 2 more times before finishing the run. I know that I should be proud of myself for recognizing that it's ok to stop running, but at the same time, I'm still struggling with that. I am frustrated with myself, with my body, with everything. But I also know that healing takes time (deep down I know this). I also know that this is a learning curve for me. I mean, cardiovascular, I am spot on. It's recognizing the disconnect between body and cardio. I am also struggling with whether or not I'm pushing too hard (quite possibly), but then recognizing that you do, at some point, have to test your limits. Right? I can't be afraid. I just have to know when to stop.

So, after the run, lots of stretching and rolling for the IT band. Then came icing. Jason and I ended up going to Vino's for pizza and had a long discussion about recovery. About pushing hard enough or too hard and knowing the difference. He is going through physical therapy for a shoulder injury and now I am thinking that I may need to go to PT just to get smart about this type of injury. I know what I've read. I have been following the advice. But maybe I need a set therapy plan.

Anyway, sorry for the ramble. Just trying to figure this whole thing out. You would think it would be easy, intuitive. But somehow it's the opposite. I promise that I won't continue to harp on the injury. I know so many of you have gone through this and more. I appreciate the advice, however, more than you can know.

Dinner tonight will likely be something light like a salad or soup. I have some baking to do - got an order for 3 bags of doggie treats. I had so much planned today. Did manage the run, more Chipotle Cranberry Relish (jarred thanks to Jason) and next the dog treats. The spaghetti sauce...will have to wait. It takes a full day to make and jar. Spending more time with my sis and then Jason outweighed everything else I had "planned." Sometimes time with family is more important than anything else.

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