Rounding to the end of school Monday

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Rounding to the end of school Monday
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Mon, 06-23-2014 - 7:38am

Because of snow days, school is ending on Wednesday.  They're half days, grades done, attendance turned in.  Is this the most meaningless exercise of education?  My upper traps into my neck are sore. I'm wondering if I'm lfitng my shoulders as I run since it's what I did yesterday. Or maybe it was all the dive rolls I did in parkour on Saturday (which were so much fun, btw!).  Either way, I could use a massage.  If only I could plan ahead and know when I'm going to be sore.  I had a nice relaxing weekend.  I'm still having problems sleeping--the biggest problem is my ankle feels better when I lie on my right side because it's flat against the bed but that hurts my shoulder.  Injuries, injuries.  I'm working at noon today and doing parkour and silks tonight.  I'm really loving my workouts these days.  Class is over, I'm dripping sweat and I can't believe it's been an hour.  So, what change(s)s have you made, not only workouts, in the past year that you're proud of?  I can come up w/ a few good ones for all of you but wanted to see what your thoughts are.






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Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 06-23-2014 - 8:49am

"So, what change(s)s have you made, not only workouts, in the past year that you're proud of?"

Great question!  I started getting regular massages, taking more time for me (dance, art class, quilt conference, alzheimer's groups) became more entrenched in not feelling guilty for making ME the center of my life (I still have work to do here,) accepted that my mom's dementia will progress and that I have no control over it (and am feeling good, emotionally, about it), started the HRT process which is one solution to my sluggishness problem, splurged on a Hawaii vacation, progressing more in yoga, tried to steer my focus away from work (need much more work on this!)...that is my list off the top of my head.  Gee, is this a mid-year New Year's question?!  ;)

Ugh, I did something MAJOR to my neck/shoulders, and now, I cannot turn my head from side to side.  :(  I am in so much pain, that I am contemplating a sick day so that I can go see a doctor.  I am just afraid of what I will be told.  :(  I don't know if it was the headstand I did in yoga, too much yoga, sleeping funny, or WHAT?!, but this is an occurrence that happened about five years ago and it's a bit scarey.

So, I volunteered to take pictures for a pitbull rescue event (Harley ride,) and my lawyer offered to give me a ride, but I don't think that is happening now.  Plus, I should go see my mom, as her move is coming up very soon.  I think hired movers is the way to go, as I am worried about my neck (and knees.)  lol.   AAARRGH.  Injuries.  I think I am feeling overwhelmed today - neck/shoulder injury, closeout process from old company to new one in one week, mom's move, daughter's move (move out of old apartment, move into mom's place, buy her a car which requires her to get her license, etc.), regular work.  I think meditation might be a good thing right about now.  :D

On a fun note, I LOVED the quilt festival art classes, got some inspiration for future projects, and worked on the Hawaii vacation scrapbook for the family.  I could get used to not working!!!

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 06-23-2014 - 8:58am

LOL Jean, your question couldn't be asked with better timing for me: 

Running has been a very big focus for me for nearly a year now. I have been slowly working toward half-marathon mileage and I went the distance this weekend (it was a practice run with a group but I loved that the banner popped into my phone app so I wanted to share it). It was one of the most challenging physical feats I have tried in many years. Only two of us actually finished yesterday (me and my sister) and had it been any hotter I am not sure either one of us would have made it.  I was very pleased with my time as well as the fact I was able to run the entire course. The pace (roughly 9:37 a mile) was much faster than what I typically train and I can definitely feel how much it took out of me this morning. 

I'm off to do a light recovery run this morning. My glutes were toast yesterday and I need to try to work out a little of this soreness.

I have a question for everyone: When you overdo it a bit in your workouts, do you take advil or some other pain reliever? Many of the people I workout with and run with take ibuprofen BEFORE they workout. I've always been under the impression that was dangerous as pain is your body's indicator that you need to back off. I usually only take ibuprofen when I am injured and have swelling that needs to be addressed. I'd like to know how/if the rest of you use pain relievers. 

Karla
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Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 06-23-2014 - 11:28am

If I know I will be in pain, I DO take ibuprofen before.  Even my endodontist recommended it before my root canal.  I do know that you have to be careful about taking too much because, in the longrun, you can do damage to your liver (?) or is it your kydneys (?)  Aaaahh, "the memory is the first to go."  Because of my neck/shoulder pain, I have been taking advil round-the-clock this weekend.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 06-23-2014 - 12:14pm

Good question Jean.  Hmm.  I'm getting back into working out again.  I used to fear that when I took time off (lots of time off as I have recently) I wouldn't come back to it.  I no longer fear that.  I think I've accepted that sometimes my body has other plans and I need to roll with it.  

Jean, I am assuming you're stretching with all of your stuntwoman antics?  

FSN, do you have a foam roller at home?  Those are EXCELLENT with stiff necks because it's often the traps, etc. that need some stretching out.  You can also use a rolling pin but those are a bit harder to manouver (easier if you have help).  I hope your neck feels better soon.  I also recommend this:   http://www.amazon.com/Body-Back-Company-10100000004-Classic/dp/B002C8AIKK/ref=sr_1_4?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1403540011&sr=1-4&keywords=body+back+buddy  It is awesome for neck and shoulder knots.  I call it my "mean stick."  

Karla, congrats to you!  Simply thinking about running in the heat makes me nauseous so you go girl!  

Our home is going solar so we've got the installation guys here all week.  I've got a scared kitty right next to my feet because of all the noises on the roof.  

My back is really sore so I think I'm going to get myself to the chiro today.  I haven't been in weeks because there hasn't been a good time to go.  Planning to do a strength training workout and have freelance stuff to do.  

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 06-23-2014 - 12:16pm

Meant to answer your question Karla - I think it really depends.  If you see a pattern, I don't think it's a terrible thing especially if it's something you can't fix with stretching, ice, and rolling. 

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 06-23-2014 - 1:47pm

I saw that on FB and thought it was really awesome, Karla!  Congrats. I told you you were fast!

As pain relievers go, I have so many odd things going on that I eat them like candy, unfortunately.  While they might take a little edge off the pain, they're not going to mask it so you'll know when to stop.  But, it does slow down muscle recovery so you have to be more careful of that aspect. It makes the joins feel better but you want your muscles to recover.  For me, it takes the edge off the little aches and pains enough that I can get some sleep. 






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 06-23-2014 - 1:48pm

Ow, sorry to hear about your neck. Any chance you can get in a massage?  I can see how standing on your head could cause that because it's so easy to let the shoulders creep towards the ears.  Hope it gets better soon!  Glad you enjoyed your quilting weekend!






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 06-23-2014 - 1:51pm

GR, the stretching is iffy and I need to get more of it in. I do try to catch a yoga class when I can. The thing is we do a lot of stretches on the silks or the moves force you to stretch so I'm getting close to getting my splits and I can easily get my hands flat on the ground whie standing when I'm warmed up.  Where I can't stretch is my right calf and that's tight.  I can't dorsiflex that foot because of the ankle/scarring tissue limited mobility.  And that's causing achilles problem.

Did you do anything to your back? BTW, one big change I was thinking for you was your writing/career change. That's huge.






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 06-23-2014 - 2:08pm

No, I didn't do anything specific to it but we did lay around a lot this weekend and that always seems to make it hurt more. I guess one of the changes I've made is more of an effort to keep my muscles loose.  They LOVE to be tight so I do my massages every two weeks, try to get to the chiro on a regular basis (although I have failed on that recently) and spend a fair amount of time after every workout stretching and rolling.  

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 06-23-2014 - 3:48pm

Woh.  That looks like a torture device, but, then, I have something less extensive that dh makes fun of me with when I am using it.  :O  Thanks!  And my  doc actually recommended a chiro, which might also help if my massages are coverred.

Solar house?!  Awesome.  A fb friend just showed the electric bills after the installation of the panels.  Wowsa!  If you are going to stay put for a while, it certainly makes monetary sense!!!  let us know how it goes.

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