I am pretty sure I jinxed myself. I said in my March fitness recap that I had a terrible month, and I pretty much did the bare minimum. And then I said that April would be so much better, which was apparently the kiss of death.
Let me tell you what happened. On the first Sunday in April (this was the SECOND DAY OF THE MONTH), I went for a great run outside. I have been ever so slowly increasing my milage (so I wouldn’t over do it and injure myself). I ran about 3.5 miles that day. After I got home, I started having some pain in my ankle. By the end of the evening, I was limping a lot. I figured I hit something a little wrong.
And then the really bad thing happened – it moved to my knee. I have really weak knees and ankles from multiple injuries in my younger years. And when I start to have knee problems, it is never good. So I didn’t work out at all that week. My ankle was ok after a few days but my knee persisted. The next week, I tried working out Week 14 BBG (no runs). I went super easy and slow. But I still had a lot of pain. The next week I did 1 leg workout and was in so much pain afterwards. And then I started having pain in the arch of my foot as well.
Remember when I told you how important good running shoes were (read that post here)? Well I started putting together that my knee was hurting + my arch was hurting. That normally means that my shoes aren’t giving my feet enough support (I have very little arch and need a lot of support).
So last Saturday, I went to Fleet Feet and got new shoes (same shoes, just the newest version). I had just worn the others out. I had had them almost 8 months, and according to the girl that helped me, I should probably replace them every 6 – 7 months if I am running and working out 5-6 days a week. Ooops.
So my knee is on the mend. I am still not right. I’ve been icing it a lot, soaking in epsom salts and a magnesium soak. I am going super easy on the workouts and have yet to attempt a run. Last week, I did my arm workout, ab workout, and the optional full body workout that is included in BBG guide (no leg only workout yet). It is hard for me because I beat myself up. I feel bad because I didn’t work out. But I know the most important thing for me right now is to not hurt myself.
Listen to your body. Don’t push through the pain because you CAN. Yes, I could go run right now and get through it. But there is a good chance I would have to be out a few weeks because of it.
So April was a dud. But hopefully my knee will be all healed soon, and I can hit it hard again.
Until then, here is a workout playlist I came up with. It is a combination of some new songs and some of my favorite older workout songs.
On another note, thanks so much to everyone who has signed up for the new monthly newsletter! I am so excited to send it out. The May Edit is going to include a look at my entry hall and the BEST margarita recipe! It is going out tomorrow, you still have time. If you want to learn more about it, read last week’s post here, and you can sign up at the bottom of my posts.
Have a great day!