Yesterday's run ended in pain after a little over a mile. Darn left shin pain started barely mild and developed into full fledged pain. Today I chose to do spin instead of running after asking Emily for advice last night. So I iced like a good girl, took a spin class, and wore compression sleeves to increase circulation. So, what do I get? Relief you might think. Nope, hamstring soreness.
So, in light of the realization that I might have increased my weekly miles too much last week, I need to take it EASY this week. Which means maybe just cross training or very low mileage. I can't afford to get a full blown leg injury. No, sir. I need to chill out and remember I still have time before my first half-marathon. I can take my time working my mileage up after this blip. It's just frustrating because I WANT to run! I am missing it and know that the longer away from it the more ground I'm going to lose. O well, such is the roller coaster of life.
There is a good reminder I saw this week, posted on the Insanity facebook page that I really need to remember as I have to take a step back in my exercise.
The reason I bring this up, is because I have made the conscious decision that I can and will get to my goal of 160lbs. I think this is realistic, attainable, and maintainable. My doctor doesn't 100% agree with me which scares me a little bit, but I am darn well going to try to get close to it. After my 1.6 lbs loss this week, that means I am only 25.2 lbs from goal!! As much as it would be nice to accept my doctor's goal of 180 and be only 5 lbs from goal I know that isn't right for my body, particularly for my fitness goals. My body will appreciate having to carry less when I'm running, that's for sure.
So, I need to buckle down and tighten up my food these next couple weeks even more so the decrease in exercise doesn't hurt me too much on the weight loss side. No dieting here, just a reminder of the importance of eating very clean.