October 22, 2010 in Uncategorized
Whadda week… I have only been to CrossFit once this week and I can really feel the difference, I am missing it terribly. I also haven’t run in two weeks and am almost twitchy I want to run so badly. However, at least until next week, I cannot do any exercise that involves using my hips. Which is pretty much every exercise.
Pour quoi? Because I have bursitis in my left hip. Awesomeness.
Thankfully it’s not a serious condition, you can read about it here, but it’s quite painful – especially after a physio session which involves lots of vibrating machines, gels and massaging…. alas, none in a good way.
However, I have found a fabulous physio at Intercare Parklands, Lizette, who has not only been treating (torturing) me, but has also unveiled something about why it happened that explains why I struggle with a lot of other exercises in Pilates and why my squats look more like a bad replica of the Hakka than an actual squat.
Y’see I have had three knee operations in my little life, two on my left knee and one on my right. The last one was a big op on the left knee because I dislocated the knee and fractured the kneecap and they had to cut the muscle on my left thigh to ‘release’ the kneecap back.
Trust me, it was as horrible as it sounds.
And it took freaking forever to heal as well. I also had a shocking doctor who was good at his job but such an arsehole chauvinist that he would never speak to me about how to exercise the knee or what had happened, but only my boyfriend (now hubby).
Still makes me mad thinking about it… I would sit in the next room on the examination bed with a knee the size of a bowling ball and he’d sit at his desk showing Grant pictures he took inside my knee (I know, wadda weirdo...) as well as illustrate to him with a model of a knee what had happened and how they’d fixed it…grrr…
Anyhoo, the physio asked me to take along my running shoes and she looked at the wear and tear on them which shows that I am still favouring my left leg as the right foot running shoe is all worn down, showing that I land very heavily on it, both heel and ball of foot, while the left foot shoe is by comparison quite bouncy still.
So apparently I have been running in a weird limp-like fashion for like a year now – thanks all for noticing!!! I must look RIDICULOUS! Galloping along with the right leg and barely touching the ground with my left.
Monty Python auditions for the Ministry of Funny Walks auditions this way…
Hahahaha, what a sight. There really is no dignity in exercising – and if there is, I certainly seem to avoid it rather well…
Hopefully the bursitis will be sorted out by the weekend cause I can’t actually handle another week of not exercising, it’s made me realise how much of an outlet for stress and aggravation it really is. Also I really miss the freedom of running, especially my Sunday afternoon runs.
I have another physio session on Monday and am buying new running shoes this weekend from Tyger Runner in Bellville (physio recommends them as they actually fit you with the right type of shoe and test your running style etc). She will be giving me some exercises to strengthen my left leg muscles, so leftie, you better enjoy this weekend off – after that it’s no more riding on the strength of the right leg buddy!
The Paleo nutrition challenge for CrossFit is going well, I am still missing the odd thing such as cheese and dark chocolate, but my cooking is getting more and more creative and I’m eating more types of vegetables than I did before and I’m also more aware of the ingredients lists on certain foods – which are shocking most of the time! Seriously, once you start looking at those labels it’s freaking scary how much crap is put into food that you thought consisted of just one product… take tinned tomatoes for example. I went through about 6 different brands of them before I found one that was only tomatoes!! Talk about complicating a very simple thing…
However as far as support goes I’m afraid that is sorely lacking. Of course hubby is very supportive, and some of my friends are, but a lot of people are downright bitchy and scathing of me without even asking what it is I’m doing or why. Honestly, I have been quite taken aback by the reactions of some people, as if MY cutting out of certain foods affects them in any way.
I’m not pushing it on anyone, nor undermining the way they eat – I never have. Yet a lot of people have taken it as quite the personal assault that I have dared to undermine their eating habits by changing mine. I still haven’t got my head around that and quite frankly I don’t think I want to, I have a feeling it will lead me down a road littered with more angry and irritated people and there are quite enough of those around already.
So hopefully next week I can get back into the swing of things, it’s only about five weeks till the Energade Triathlon and I really need to get some swimming in sometime soon.
Good luck if you’re doing any races this weekend, think of me as the start gun goes off and have a super-duper weekend!