Piyo Day 1

So I completed my first official Piyo workout tonight: “Define- Lower Body” and I loved this workout! It really worked my muscles but I wasn’t in pain while I was working out! The low impact moves packed a punch without making me want to cry. 

I’m not saying Piyo is the be-all, end-all but I’m excited to continue this workout plan. Yoga never made me this excited and I kinda hated the lack of movement. Piyo seems to combine the stretch with slight movements that challenge you. 

Tomorrow I see my doc about the CT. Until next time, keep hopping along. 

Reflection on March 26

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!

Screenshot from a video of my fourth run of the day

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).

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Photo courtesy Rubberband.com
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!

Stretching Success

I’ve been stretching since March 3. Every morning I put the kettle on the stove (I am a tea drinker) and while I’m waiting for my hot water I stretch in my living room. Since I began this routine twelve days ago, I haven’t had a “bad hip day” at all. Sure, I’ve been a little stiff if I overdo it that day, but I have not been limping as much and I have been more mobile. I figured that I would share my stretching routine with you all since it seems to benefit me.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or medical professional. Please see your physician before starting any exercise regime. This is for sharing purposes only, the following exercises are not guaranteed to treat or cure any disease or medical issue. When in doubt, see your doctor!

    1. Butterfly stretch  I start out with the sitting butterfly stretch and then move on to the lying butterfly pose but the following ones I do randomly, going by what I feel.
    2. Square Pose
    3. Pigeon Pose
    4. Frog Pose
    5. Seated Saddle Stretch
    6. Iliacus Stretch

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7. Side Lying Quad Stretch

8. Supine Figure 4

9. Supine Wall Stretch

10. ITB Stretch

 

I’m still waiting for a CT but hopefully we can get some solid answers once it is completed. I know I have some damage to the labrum and I have impingement (lesion on the cam) but Doc McWeasley thinks something else is going on too. Some definitive answers would be great.

Until then I’ll stick with my current routine. I’m going to add some Pilates and possibly more yoga in the coming weeks. I’ll play that by ear and by how I feel. I did a short workout on Monday and so far there were no unpleasant after effects (translation: I could walk the next day).

I think I am going to start riding over the weekend and I’ll see how that feels. I’m so excited to get back to my horses, I’ve missed them! I’ve also missed planning my Summer, I see all these cool jackpots listed and I cannot commit by entering just yet. I can’t wait til I can start entering though! I have a cool bunch of horses and I am so excited to see how they’ll do once we get to enter!

Today was a pretty good day. I subbed in a couple of gym classes and filled my 10,000 step goal with no problems! We’ll see how my hip feels tomorrow!

Until next time, keep hopping!