Attack of the injury buggggggggg! Well folks, it's little ol’ me again. Where did I go? "Didn’t you just jump back on the horse, Ryan?! How did you already fall off again so quickly?" These are reasonable questions. First of all, sorry for my absence from posting. The good news is I am back in full swing and have been for the last week and half. My body and I just love to find new ways to halt progress. When I last wrote I was gearing back up into action, committed to a simple new diet and excited for the challenge in front of me. Too excited. You see, like most people who have a goal and get off on achieving/surpassing it, I decided to hit the ground running.

Jessica really helped me develop a love for running, and I really REALLY stepped up the distance and amount of running each week. I also added another night of hockey to my schedule. It should be noted: stepping up the amount and distance wasn’t recommended by Jessica – she stresses the important of a balanced and varied program, and of one pacing oneself when first getting into the sport. She also had scheduled a bunch of strength sessions for me that I skipped so that I could run instead. Unfortunately, although Jessica was able to instill a love of running in me, she was not quite as able to get warm-ups and stretching drilled into my thick skull (she brought it up a million times – this one is TOTALLY on me). So, needless to say, my legs were overworked and under-stretched. The result was waking up one Wednesday morning and not being able to walk... at all. I was really worried. It hurt worse than when I broke my wrist or injured my shoulder. Naturally, I self-diagnosed that it must be a stress fracture after reading internet medical sites (don’t do this, it’s a horrible idea - terrifying stuff out there). So I went to the emergency and found out I have… dun dun dun… Tibialis Anterior Tendonitis!! Which is kind of good news, relative to a stress fracture.

This can totally be managed by not being an idiot; by warming up and stretching, by listening to my body more when I am working out independently, and oh yeah – listening to my trainer's insistence on balance and strength, instead of modifying the training schedule to workouts I like better!

So after a week of wallowing in bed and working from home (stress eating and popping T3’s and extra strength Advils to quell the inflammation), Jessica helped get me out of bed, figuratively. She got me back into the gym. I thought I was bed-bound given that I couldn’t walk, but she pointed out that there are plenty of ways to get back in the gym without aggravating my injury. She insisted out that although running long distance was helping me shed weight, it wasn’t helping me meet the fitness goals I had set out. Even though the weight was dropping, my muscle mass / metabolism and joint protection were dwindling. She told me that the silver lining to this mess is that we could get back to focusing primarily on the almighty strength training (which I had been neglecting in lieu of sports and running - PS she didn’t even say “I told you so” once). She gave me a great circuit to work from and put me to work at it 3 times a week. The circuit focused on core, chest and back, shoulders and arms, safe lower body moves and we were even able to get cardio invlolved thanks to the elliptical machine. After the first workout, I was beaming. My roommates looked at me like I was out of my mind for being so excited about being back at the gym. I did the workout again, and again, every other day, and then this past Friday Manning and I met up and she gave me an in-person session. It was awesome to get my legs more involved again. It seems like the day after each workout my leg felt better and better, and then EVEN BETTER! Which is really exciting, considering that in the heat of the pain-ridden week I was convinced I would never walk again (yes, I am a drama queen, but only when I am sick/injured). Jessica says "Mm-hm." Now, with Manning’s unwavering support and dedication to helping me reach my goals, I have had 5 successful strength sessions and am almost completely pain-free! Unfortunately, this tendonitis crap sticks around, but it can be managed.

I will not skip strength training workouts to play sports or run long distance. I am not 16 years old; I will stretch after each workout. I will not skip strength training workouts to play sports or run long distance. I am not 16 years old; I will stretch after each workout. I will not skip strength training workouts to play sports or run long distance. I am not 16 years old; I will stretch after each workout. I will not skip strength training workouts to play sports or run long distance. I am not 16 years old; I will stretch after each workout. I will not skip strength training workouts to play sports or run long distance. I am not 16 years old; I will stretch after each workout. I will not skip strength training workouts to play sports or run long distance. I am not 16 years old; I will stretch after each workout. I will not skip strength training workouts to play sports or run long distance. I am not 16 years old; I will stretch after each workout. I will not skip strength training workouts to play sports or run long distance. I am not 16 years old; I will stretch after each workout. I will not skip strength training workouts to play sports or run long distance. I am not 16 years old; I will stretch after each workout. I will not skip strength training workouts to play sports or run long distance. I am not 16 years old; I will stretch after each workout.

Now that that is out of the way, let’s Rock and Roll. Talk to you soon!

Ryan

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