My workouts were going really good. I had pushed myself to go harder than I ever had before and I was seeing improvements.
Upon returning from Greece, I had decided to go back to P90x which are little torture sessions, but that’s good, right? No pain, no gain. During the first chest workout, I completed a whopping total of 64 pushups. By the time I finished workout #4, I was up to 145. And then I screwed up my shoulder.
On 11/2, I was doing the shoulder/arms workout. The next day, my left shoulder didn’t feel so good, but the pain wasn’t that bad either. On 11/8, I attempted the same workout again and my shoulder would have no part of it. After just a couple of sets, I threw in the towel. I decided I wouldn’t do another workout until the pain went away. But then it didn’t go away. It doesn’t help that I sleep on my left side. How the hell does one teach themselves to change sleeping positions???
Yesterday (11/15) I went to the doctor who said that I probably just strained some connective tissue in my rotator cuff. She suggested anti-inflammatories and taking the rest of the month off from weight training. Bleh.
P90x workouts suck (in a good way!), but not being able to do them sucks more (in the worst way). Hopefully, I can resume them in December.
When your shoulder gives you lemons, you take up running. That’s not exactly how the saying goes, but this is what I’ve done. I have two 5ks to run in December and my crappy shoulder has given me a reason to train harder with all of my extra time. I’m running at least 2 miles every day.
My best 5k time is 29:59. My goal is to beat that. I don’t like running, but we’ve had some stunning days here in Colorado lately, so at least it’s very pleasant to be outside.
I’m thisclose to meeting my 6,000,000 step goal for the year. As of 11/15, I have 5,784,775 steps. This is an average of 18,191 steps per day. If I keep up this pace, I’ll end the year with 6,639,715. That is short of my stretch goal of 7,000,000, but still a shitload of steps. And if my shoulder stays sore, I’ll be putting in a lot more steps, so maybe I’ll make the big goal after all.
Life is full of twists and turns. Sometimes, you twist your shoulder and it hurts.
The most successful people are those who absorb the issues and aren’t defeated by them. Every failure is another opportunity. I haven’t always been so good at looking at life this way. Hell, I’m still not, but I’m trying. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll beat my best 5k time…
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