I have been on a mini streak for exercising consecutive days and it has felt good. Getting up every morning from Monday to Friday is tiring but its great to get that workout in before the day starts.
Last week I was able to get up every single morning and make it to the gym for a workout. This week, I made it four mornings before I called off my streak. As you can see, my smile definitely was not there yesterday morning. I was tired and grumpy but I wanted to run so I got up.
This morning when my alarm went off at 4:45am, I decided that 11 days in
a row of getting up to exercise was enough so I reset my alarm and went
back to sleep.
The other reason I decided to call off my streak is my knee. ART has definitely been helping me to feel better and I am pretty sure the original pain I felt back in November is gone. The Doc really worked on my hip these past few weeks to get all the scar tissue out that I had from my college injury. In turn, I now have better extension through my hip which is a good thing. The bad thing is that in my attempt to cross train instead of run, I may have caused another problem.
I have this very small fluid capsule on the patella of my knee. At first it really bothered me and going down stairs was tough but over the last few weeks it has gotten better. I am even able to run a few miles before I feel mild discomfort from it. With all my internet research I cannot find anything about this, so I have no idea what it really is but some days it does cause pain especially when I lunge. The lunge only hurts when my painful knee is the rear leg - when I lunge with my painful knee I am fine. But yoga (And of course ART) makes it feel better.
So there is still a lot of mystery left with my knee and it honestly is discouraging. Anyone who has had an injury knows that you just want to run pain free and there are days when you think you never will get to that point. I hate to see 2011 end this way so I know that I need to take a break. For me not doing ANY exercise is the hardest thing. I get grumpy and angry and not very pleasant. But in an attempt for a bright future filled with running, it may be that I need to not exercise and find a way to be ok with that.
And so that is my plan. Rest and then taking it one day at a time. And also not doing any crazy new cross training that maybe my body is not ready for. This is going to be tough. But I am already one day into my rest streak.