And so it goes

It’s been almost 2 months since I one, started a whole food vegetable based diet and two, injured my elbow and wrist. As far as the diet, I’m proud to say that I feel very good not eating beef, eggs, dairy, pork, or chicken. I enjoy eating natural organic fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and more. I’ve tried more foods and recipes that I never even knew existed. I spend way more time in the kitchen experimenting and enjoy it. I’ve liked every thing new that I have tried and found a new love for curry, tofu, garlic, kale, chia seeds, oatmeal, beans, and the list goes on. I haven’t lost weight, but definitely feel lighter. And my cholesterol level is only 110. That’s pretty awesome. Actually, all of my labs were perfect, including vitB12, and Vit.D. I’m pretty happy about that!!

My husband, though,  is still not interested in my changes and thinks I am crazy and needs psychiatric help. He doesn’t want to have anything to do with my new diet and rarely will even try anything I make. That kinda makes me sad.

As far as my elbow, it is getting better. I did go to therapy and they gave me a few exercises to do and it’s gotten stronger. My wrist still hurts when it is hyperextented, meaning I still can’t do pushups, at least not on my hands. I have been slowly getting back into lifting weights, lightly. Starting with 15 reps of 5lbs xs 3 sets of the main groups. Bicep curls, chest presses, shoulder presses, triceps extensions, and rows. I will continue to increase the weight a little at a time, because I don’t want to reinjured myself. I have definitely lost some muscle tone, and really want to get it back, but not enough to hurt myself over it.

I am also trying to get back into the running thing but I just can’t seem to progress in that area at all. I think its mainly because I don’t have the time. Most runners and running programs recommend running 4 days a week, but I’m luck to be able to do 2 days a week. Mainly its hard because I can only use the treadmill at work, after I have worked for 12 hours, which means I don’t get home until after 9:00 at night. Then my husband gets pissed at me. When I want to run outside, on my days off, it’s been crazy weather or my husband peers that I don’t. He gets upset and says I’m just asking to get hurt. He still thinks running at 40 years old is stupid and dangerous to my health. He won’t read the studies that say how healthy it actually is.  What do ya do?

Right now I can’t even run for a whole mile without stopping to walk. And if I try to run at 6.0 mph, I can’t even run for 2 minutes. It takes me about 40 minutes to run 3 miles. That’s pretty slow, I think. And to think I’m going to be able to run a 1/2 marathon in September?? Yeah, stupid me, signed up for the Airforce 1/2 Marathon. I’m going to try a 5k into 2 weeks, but thinking that I will do poorly. I wish I had more support from my husband, or anyone else that I know for that matter. I want to go run right now, but I know my husband will not want me too.  Gonna try to go anyway, wish me luck.

 

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  1. OK, first off you can do push ups with braces but you can go without and do other exercises. You can strengthen your wrists, get good ROM and circulation by doing reverse, side and frontal forearm exercises, that will build you up and most trainers do not know enough to do them, let alone a DR. If you can hit a gym do machines and do chest work while using your forearms and elbows lightly to start or do holds to build both strength and endurance. For those I recommend any angle of the pek dek. If needed, pad your elbow. The dumb bells can be heavier, especially the overhead presses and tricep extensions, unless the elbow throws you off, then do short reps.You are trying to rehab, strengther, gain flexibility and endurance in a quick time frame. The 13 minute mile is slow and you know that. Even the 6 mph is slow though 6mph on a tread is faster than a 10 minute mile as there has yet to be a properly timed tread without going through a top level over 10k a week training facility where they make sure they are in tune. I would say being you are going to run, do intervals and outside. Do 3×1 mile, 6×800 meters, 12x 400 and do a break down. 2 mile, 1 mile and an 800 for time. Do any of these at a much faster pace than 10 minute miles. Your form will improve and in 2 weeks it is the best you can do. I often had 2 weeks to train myself or a team to run fast. The intervals above will be based on setting up splits. The miles take a half mile walk in between. With the 800s take a 400 meter walk. The 400s take a 200 meter walk in between. The break down take 5 minutes. Try to get 2 break downs in and avoid a 5k time trial and if you can stay outside. I have trained runners in their 80s that run at Penn or at Nationals. Getting home late is fine. Most smartphones have running apps and most suggest distance based on a pedometer, so jogging in place actually throws your time way off. If you can get a walking meter wheel mark off areas of distance in your neighborhood. You can easily get 3 runs in and dip inside for your recuperation. Just do not try to do mileage. Most people do and they get stuck in a position where they do not lift their legs high enough and then force a treadmill at an incline or even worse at a way too fast walking pace. Stick to trying to accept that you will be able to do 8 minute miles or 7.5 miles an hour. Those will be at least a start and good for the shorter intervals. I have yet to meet someone that could not do 7.5 for a minute unless they had many issues.

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