Good-bye wintertime blues! My cabin fever broke last week when I attended a jackpot for the first time since Fall. It has been a long winter, complete with cold weather and uncertainties, and I’m so glad to be back in the saddle again!
I ran two horses in a double header jackpot last weekend. The first two runs, my legs felt good, but I had to rubber band my stirrups for my third run. That run was on my red rocket and he packs a lot of power into his turns. With that in mind, and noticing that my left leg felt weak, I felt it was prudent to use the rubber bands. My fourth run was on brown mare and she’s got smoother turns and transitions so I took the rubber bands off before her run. I don’t like to use them unless I need them. Sometimes they break during your run and I’ve heard of them not breaking during falls (I haven’t had that happen to me, they’ve always broke in a pinch).
I think my hips handled the runs just fine, but the drive is what made me sore (the weather didn’t help). It was a four hour drive one way and the weather was colder and damper than what I’m used to. Cold, humid weather always makes me limp. I was a bit stiff the next day, but no wonder with 8 hours in the pickup, sitting at a board meeting for a couple of hours and making four barrel runs in damp Spring weather. I made sure to stretch when I woke up.
I’ve been riding just about everyday since the weather has been warm and my legs seem to be holding up. I get stiff once and awhile, but if I stretch as soon I as I get that stiff feeling then I don’t limp. I also use my foam roller (both the dense black one and the textured one) and massage ball everyday (or a couple of times a day).
I started Piyo on Saturday. I like how it places emphasis on alignment and total body strength without jumping, running or anything else that usually hurts my hip. I’m really excited to see if this program will help me get back into shape since I’ve had to give up running (I really miss it).
I went for a CT on Wednesday and I have my follow-up this coming Wednesday. I will have more answers then. Hopefully I can assess what’s best and move ahead with a plan!
So I’ve had a few days to reflect on my doctor’s appointment. I’ve calmed down quite a bit. I’ve come to the conclusion that it is not the end of all things. If God closes one door then I shall praise Him in the hallway until a door opens up. I will also use this time to research my condition (or what they think is wrong) and work towards feeling better. I’m not one to sit and do nothing when I could plan goals and work towards them.
Mobility: I’d like to be able to move, even if I can’t run. I also don’t want to gain weight because I don’t want to stress my joints out even more by adding more weight for them to lug around. My toolkit includes: Misfit Link (and the app), my Mizuno running shoes, and a homemade exercise bike that my handy-dandy husband created (picture to come later!)
Flexibility: A stretching routine seems to keep my hips happy and me mobile (I’ve only been doing this for about a week now). I’ll post my routine some other time, but it seems to help me remain upright! My toolkit includes: yoga mat, foam roller (tall, firm) and a small pillow.
Meditation: To sum it up- “chill out before you burn out” (summed up from Tim Ferriss in his book Tools of Titans, I highly recommend this book- it is freaking amazing!). Being so frustrated all the time isn’t helping my hip get better and I need to move past this, hence, meditation. My toolkit includes: Calm, Headspace, Tools of Titans
Journaling: This seems to be a cathartic practice that I’ve been doing for a long time. I want to direct and focus this practice more so it is beneficial to me. It also helps me organize my thoughts and clear my mind. For more on journaling, read Tim Ferriss’ blog post about his morning journal routine.
In true Robbi fashion I will have these objectives written down in my goal sheet with weekly tasks/goals to work on, I just haven’t had the time to get that done yet. I am a goal oriented person, I feel lost without set goals to work towards. I need to play to my strengths.
“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.”
Overall I think my mind is in a better place than it was Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. I was pretty down yesterday, even one of my students noticed and commented on how down I acted. It made me feel loved, that someone noticed and cared enough to ask how I was! With a better mindset and goals to work towards, I feel less bleak and ready to seize the day. Well…maybe after this crappy winter weather hits the road!