Leah Moves

When you don't know what to do, just move.

March 12, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — leahmoves @ 1:55 am

Just a quick update of what’s happened in the last week.

I had two physical therapy appointments last week. I think these appointments are helping, but I was getting frustrated that I didn’t appear to be significantly improving . The knee pain has never been continuous, only brought on by certain activities. And I’ve been avoiding a lot of the activities that brought on pain, such as running. So I asked the PT when I could try running again, and he said this weekend! But to stop if the pain persists for 3-5 minutes. Which leads to another thing that happened this weekend…..

I ran!! I went to the gym today and started off with a 5 minute warm up on the treadmill, and then slowly (even slower than normal…) ran. It was a bit awkward at first, and it wasn’t very smooth, but it was mostly pain free. It was uncomfortable and I was afraid to push it too much, since I hadn’t run in probably 6 weeks. I have hopes of completing the half marathon relay at the end of this month after all!

I also started swimming lessons! I have hopes of doing a triathlon in the near future, and I definitely needed to learn how to be an effective swimmer. I am the only person in the class ( the other person that signed up didn’t show), so I got one on one guidance. I feel like I did really good and as long as I continue to practice, I could be a really strong swimmer. I also really enjoyed it. I got a good workout, but it was lower impact and I’m not too sore today after my double workout of spinning/strength and swimming yesterday.

Lastly, I’ve been doing pretty good with my eating lately. I’ve been tracking and making a conscious effort to not go over my calories. I’m also making better food choices in general.

All in all, a great week for losing weight and getting fit!



Half marathon aspirations March 5, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — leahmoves @ 3:09 am

My knee has been acting up lately, so I’ve been seeing a physical therapist and backing off on the activities that irritate it. The PT hasn’t really given me a timeline as to when I can resume my normal physical activities, but I decided today to give running a try. I lasted about 8 seconds before I has to quit.

I’m just really frustrated that my knee doesn’t seem to be getting any better. So I’m going to keep working on it until it gets better. I think it will definitely interfere with my race calendar, but there isn’t anything I can do about that. So I am going to do what I need to do now in order to do what I want to do later.

And here’s what I want to do later:

A Warrior Dash and the Iron Horse Half Marathon!

The Warrior Dash is on June 23rd and the half is on October 14th. I’ve got various races planned for the year, so I’m certain that as soon as my knee heals up, I’ll be able to get back on track with C25K and will be running in no time. My other priority at this time is to gain strength. There are obstacles involved with the Warrior Dash and I want to make sure that I am strong enough to complete the obstacles.

I’m also trying to lose weight. This isn’t a new goal, as I’ve been trying to lose weight for pretty much all of my life, but I’m actually making really progress this time. I think I’ve hit a small plateau though, and it’s really frustrating. I’ve been tracking using MyFitnessPal very consistently, and I’ve been making a conscious effort to eat better and make better choices.

Also coming in the near future (next Saturday!) is swimming lessons! I can swim a little, but I do not swim efficiently or gracefully and I waste a lot of energy when I try to swim. I have hopes of doing a triathlon one day, and I need to be a better swimmer in order to do a tri. I also know that swimming is a good workout and will help me gain strength in my upper body.

That’s it for now. I have a PT appointment tomorrow, so I plan on doing a post on what I’m doing in PT.