Archive for November, 2011

Hip problems? What?! How! Why?

This was me… 2 months ago,

actually, that was me yesterday, the day before, and the day before that…. this is the first time in my life that I’ve ever had hip problems, or hip pain or experienced any type of serious hindering discomfort in my hips. It started about 2 months ago, I had no idea why, I figured it was related to the pregnancy, and it would come and go… I went to the chiropractor after the first really bothersome pain and it was like magic, he adjusted my hips and I felt soooo much better. Like getting grease on a really really stiff hinge.

The pain however, came back, and then went, and then came back again. At the time I was front squatting once a week and also doing single leg deadlifts once a week… I saw the chiropractor again because the pain came back and he poked around my glutes a bit and did some release in them before he adjusted me, let’s just say his thumb in my lower back hurt like HELL.

Anyways, I went to see my brother last night at his office (he’s a naturopath), I’ve been bugging him about giving me acupuncture just cause… I like acupuncture, sometimes I like it for no reason. Besides the point, I told him I was having some stiffness and pain in my hips so he pokes around my lower back a bit and says I’m wicked tight in my glutes and that’s why I was having so much hip pain. DING!!

I’m such a moron, I never put two and two together. My brother then asked me what I had been working on in my training lately, I said I was doing TRX assisted pistol squats and also single leg deadlifts per week.

Brother: “Miriam, are you stretching your glutes?”

Me:  “Um, well I foam roll once a week on my glutes”

Brother: ” Do you stretch outside of foam rolling?”

Me: *awaiting the doomed answer from my brother* “No……”

Brother: “You’re causing your own problems, stretch out your butt and your hip pain will go away dude”

*Bang head against wall* How could I be such an idiot and NOT see that connection between working my ass too much and my hip pain? In addition to the new relaxin hormone surging through opening my hips up. D’oh. Anyways, before this hip pain I was patting myself on the back that if anything, I’d have a nice bum when the baby is born because I’m working my butt so much, well…. I’ve had to tone down my training on my arse a bit… or a lot. Today I foam rolled my butt three times because my hips were giving me so much pain, by the end of the second time I could actually walk without a limp. The foam roller makes me want to cry, I can’t even imagine how much pain a glute massage would give me. Gah, if I had money I would take the responsibility and actually get one. (Runs away in my head from massage therapist)

So, after I smacked myself in the face for a bit, I got down to stretching and foam rolling quite frequently, in fact it’s being regular in doing so that is going to be challenging, and my goal this week is to stretch once a day after some cardio and foam roll. Thank goodness for foam rollers! I need to get me one of those for my house….

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Reunion with my laptop and vibram five fingers

I am currently on my purple (black) macbook which I haven’t been on in a long time because my wifi doesn’t work and plugging a cord in is rather awkward in my apartment situation. However, this reunion is a result of my work computer internet explorer decided that it didn’t want to upload any more pictures on word press = stupid. I called IT and they asked me if it was a work related issue, well, I couldn’t exactly say that because I upload my blog when I’m bored at work, SO, there goes fixing that problem. Hence: the laptop.

I have had so memories with this laptop, I’ve had it al throughout school, talked many many many hours to my husband on this laptop…. pretty much lived on this thing for the past 3 years… and I’ve neglected it terribly since April, how dreadful!

Anyways, hopefully our relationship will continue to grow as I become more regular updating my blog *cough* well here goes!

A few weeks ago I came into the ownership of a pair of vibram five fingers:

Now, you can’t possibly say that they are ugly, I mean PINK!!!!!!!! Okay, besides the pink colour. I bought them because I’ve had a lot of feet/knee problems and I know that strengthening those lovely small tiny muscles can do wonders for leg problems, I did not buy them with the intention of running in them, but to specifically strengthen my feet and wear them for cross training and simple things like walking. I was super excited when they arrived! They are ridiculously comfortable, they feel just like slippers, I also walked around in my bare feet for most of my childhood, I used to run on gravel… a lot.

My first day wearing them was such an educational experience, I was forced to properly heel strike in them while walking, which I had never noticed that I wasn’t doing that in my normal asic sneakers, I also landed on my outside toes – to my big toe, which is how the foot is to land.

I have very flat feet, literally no arch, however my ankles do not roll in, thank goodness, however I noticed in these five fingers I was very aware of my arch and that I did not let it sink or fall into the ground like I would in my normal sneakers, I became very aware of all the muscles in my feet, I also had to take smaller more precise steps. I wore them for a few hours a day the first few days so not to kill my feet, then I took a 20-25 minute walk home in them one day. By the time I got home I felt like all the muscles in my feet up to my knee were solid rock, the next day my calves were SUPER sore.

Now, I haven’t run in them, I am not going to run in them until at least next summer for a few reasons, one being that I am not going to start running mid- pregnancy. That is never a good idea. The other is that I am very flat-footed and I would be wary of my ankles rolling in whilst running, so before I do that I want to start strengthening the muscles in my feet so they are stronger and then I will see where that leads me before next summer.

Are they bad or a fad? I think not,

I have seen many people around my work wearing them, running in them, testing in them, and in 99% of the cases they were landing on their heels while wearing five fingers, now these people have obviously bought them for the wrong reasons. Many people think that they will fix their feet problems simply wearing them. However, when you switch to a shoe that is more barefoot designed you have to re-learn how to walk, how to run and only then will they do you any good. I bought them with a reason, not because they looked comfortable or because others told me they were good for me.

In terms of running I wouldn’t recommend them for everyone, not straight away, especially for those who have flat foot problems, if the muscles in the foot aren’t strong enough running barefoot can cause even more problems. Do your research, talk to people who have them, read articles on them, get your information before taking the dive.

I am so listening to Christmas music while I am typing this, yeah…. first time ever I’ve done that in November. 😡

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A look at my workout life

I really have to thank my baby for this opportunity to teach me more about my body. This pregnancy keeps educating me more and more and it’s only making me a better person so far. I realized the other day that this whole 9 months is basically a step back from normal “workout life” for me, and to really study and analyze what my goals should be when I get back. Where my priorities need to be and how I can quickly recover and make myself a stronger better person, not for myself, but for my family: mentally and physically (hey, that baby is gonna get heavy fast and my back isn’t gonna get stronger just by itself!)

One thing that is keeping me on my toes, is the fact that I will have to do my yearly Expres test when I return back from maternity leave, which means: lots of running, and lots of pushups and kicking that core in the face! Not only does 1 year give me the opportunity to recover, but it gives me the opportunity to push myself even farther in my training that I have been able to.

Most women unfortunately see pregnancy as a setback, they think their workout life is over and they will never be able to be a “fit” as they were before they got pregnant, but after birth is pretty much the perfect time to get back into shape! I mean, you have your baby to motivate you! Well at least that’s how I see it, you give your body up for your child in pregnancy, and you should give your body up to strength for the safety of your child and the safety of yourself. Will you be able to chase your kids around when they take off from you in the mall? Can you carry your child when they get really tired and need a little help from the parents? Lopsided shoulders are very common in mothers, and that is only making things worse for yourself once injury and pain and ache comes along.

I am super excited to take the baby for jogs in the stroller, to get out and get some fresh air, I almost wish I was the baby in the stroller enjoying a fast paced ride with mummy! Workout at home with the baby, make them smile in between your rest set. I’m sure he/she will be fascinated watching me. As the children get older they only start imitating you, and hey, situps at 2 years of age is definitely not a bad thing. It’s an easy thing to keep them busy also when you’re working out. Pullups with your baby? Uh yeah, that is totally one of my goals, the baby is going to get heavy fast, so all the more for me to push myself quicker!

Well, goals keep you motivated and always working hard anyways. So far I am pretty happy with how much I have been able to maintain my weight routine. My squats and deadlifts are pretty light… my legs are so weak, I have a weak butt, definitely something I have to work on once the baby arrives. My bench press however has stayed relatively high, which I am happy with! Yay, in fact I think when the baby is born my overall 1 rm bench press will be higher than it was before the baby came along. HECK YES!!! Win win win win win win win win!!!

Those are my thoughts, I’m pretty excited about this baby!

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