Friday, January 16, 2009

weekly rundown

Luckily my IT band has not been stricken with the same disability as my partner's, so I've been able to run. This week I ran 4 miles on Tuesday and 4 miles on Thursday. Next week starts my Hal Higdon's training program so the miles will begin to increase.

let's get physical!

Okay, I was *this close* to actually using the eliptical trainer yesterday. I created a special playlist on my iPod and everything (called "eliptical mix" if you must know). Then Fred forgot his iPod, I got to the gym a little early, and the stars aligned for me to take a step aerobics class instead! I'm not sure what my favorite part of class was - the dance remix of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" or the old man next to me giving me a crusty look every time I turned the wrong way during the "step hesitate baby mambo kick" sequence. What I love about running is that it requires absolutely no rhythm and practically no coordination. Try getting away with this in step aerobics and you'll end up looking a lot like grape stomping lady.

Dear left hip, please feel better soon so I can stop humiliating myself in cardio classes and generally feeling like a noob. kthxbai!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

keeping calm and carrying on...

I figure if I can't run, I might as well read about running. I'm super excited about these three books I just ordered from Amazon:

Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide by Hal Higdon

Marathoning for Mortals by John Bingham

The Runner's Guide to the Meaning of Life: What 35 Years of Running Has Taught Me About Winning, Losing, Happiness, Humility, and the Human Heart by Amby Burfoot

Hopefully these will help keep me focused and inspired enough to stave off the frustration of being sidelined by my hip. I think I'm getting better but it's hard to say for sure. Other than having to drop trou for a weird therepuetic hip ultrasound, PT has been going well. Since I'm doing mostly stretching and strengthening it's kind of like having my own team of personal trainers. Whether or not my hip gets better I'm going to end up with some super-toned hammies!