elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Working on the Kinks

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After completing a full week of my new training schedule I am beginning to settle in to it. This morning I was up and at the gym in time for the 6:00 AM spin class. My legs felt fine after running 16 miles yesterday. I only noticed once when I got out of the saddle that my right foot had a sharp ache in the arch. This is the same foot I deal with plantar fasciitis. I keep a footsie roller under my desk at work and one at home – keeping it stretched is the key. As the day progressed it felt much better.

This afternoon I made it through the Pilates DVD workout. Surprisingly I am really enjoying it. The challenge is what is the most exciting. I want to get the moves down well so that I can progress to the intermediate level. As I do the exercises I am noticing areas of weakness – not just in my core but in my back as well. Hopefully this will help with my muscle knots in my lower back. I have a C curve in my lower spine – scoliosis. It is not significant, but it does affect my balance at times and causes lower back pain occasionally. I also noticed when I first started flip turning I would roll more to my left, the way my back curves. A stronger core should override my back issues.

Despite my foot and my back, I had a great day today. Last night I got just over seven hours of sleep – a big help too. The weather was drab and raining, but it didn’t get me down. Stretching my body, strengthening my core – flexibility and strength – things I need both physically and in my mind set. There will always be reasons to convince myself why it is okay to say “I just don’t wanna…”. That said, I have never found myself laying around watching television thinking that was so much better than a workout. It is the little kinks, the aches and pains, that I experience as I adapt to new workouts that help take me to the next level. Because after all, I am on a positive slope in this life that I am learning so much everyday.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

4 thoughts on “Working on the Kinks

  1. I’ll be very curious on how you like the pilates workouts. I tried Yoga a while back but could never really get into it and gave up before noticing any real benefits. I also love the idea of a roller at work. Looks like I have a new item on my shopping list of tri gear.

    • I enjoy yoga too, scheduling it is always an issue. The Pilates DVD is only 25 minutes, go for beginners. I use a footsie roller on my feet – great little invention!

  2. Scoliosis TOO! Jesus woman, you’re one tough chick. Damn. God bless you.

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