I have struggled with a hip/butt/leg injury on my left side since last November, thousands of dollars later I am still not where I want to be and still in a significant amount of pain. While in Chicago and running through the North Shore bike path (don't understand why they couldn't call it a bike and hike path, some of the bikers are pretty rude and do not beleive in sharing) I came to the realization that even though the current regiment of treatment is working, I really need to give my body a rest so as to completely heal.
The 4 miles I did was probably one of the best and painfree run I have had in a long time but it involve stopping and thoroughly stretching every mile. Each mile reminded me of how running was suppose to be and feel like, not the constant pain I feel while running. I do not take medication to mask the pain I have just going use to it.
Right now I have decided to stop running for about 30 days with the hope of healing my body and building some strength back into my left side.
This was a hard decision for me to make, at age 40+ I feel it is easy for me to stop than to start due to a lot of other responsibility and lack of close runners (no close friend or family member run or understand why I run). Which means really nobody to get me back out if I don't do it myself. Am hoping reading blogs and voluntering at races will keep me in the game.
In the main time, during the 30 day wait, I will refocus on my diet and also on building some strength, cardio will be spinning, stepper, kickboxing, elliptical or incline walking (4mph max). I hope I can start back on losing the next 10 lbs, I will probably do some kind of a quickstart or jumpstart diet since I am not running and it will be a good time for it. Cathe Butts & Guts will be a stable to build butt and leg strength and also work the core. Am also thinking of going back to Cosgrove's Real Fat Loss Fast workout since that had worked in the past or maybe try something new from the New Rule of Lifting Book.