Thursday, December 26, 2013

Day 679 - X2 Plyocide

Wow, my lower body muscles are so sore since doing Plyocide.  That's what I get for taking more than 6 weeks off from it.  Yoga tonight went pretty well.  I'm hoping that it helps me get rid of some of the soreness.  My back is starting to feel a bit better.  I'm not using as much Tylenol lately and the pain seems to be a bit less.  I took care to not overdo it during Yoga tonight. 

Yesterday was Christmas, so I got to indulge for dinner (including some desserts).  It was nice, but now I'm back to eating right. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Day 678 - X2 Plyocide

So, I finally got back to an X2 workout today.  It felt okay on my back while working out.  But, I took two Tylenol right before working out, so time will tell if it was just the Tylenol doing it's job that made me think it didn't hurt much.  I'm hoping to do X2 Yoga on Thursday and then go for  a run on Saturday.  Tomorrow is Christmas, so the diet could be in for a bit of a shock tomorrow.  I'm glad I burned off some calories today.  I could definitely tell that it's been a while since I last did Plyocide.  I was sucking some wind throughout that workout.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Day 677 - 5K Run

Well, I've been taking it easy on the workouts because I'm hoping that it will help my back to recover while going through physical therapy.  Honestly, I don't think that either the physical therapy or the lack of working out is making any difference to help my back feel better.  Tylenol is helping however.

I decided to go for a run this morning since the weather has warmed up considerably this weekend.  It got to a high of over 50 today and is supposed to hit 70 tomorrow.  Very strange considering we've had multiple weeks of frigid temps and we've had multiple days of snow.  The run was not an easy thing to do today.  I had to stop a couple of times to walk before continuing.  It's amazing how quickly the conditioning dissipates if you take a break.  I can definitely tell that I'm also losing some of the muscle tone too.  I plan to just keep doing what I'm able.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Day 676 -5K Run & Ab Ripper

I went out for a morning trail run.  I did okay on time (8:52 / mile), but ran out of gas at the end of the run.  It was cold out and the trail was pretty wet because of recent rain, so conditions were not ideal.  I got through it okay.  Tonight I did Ab Ripper. It was not an issue at all. 

Day 675 - X2 Yoga

I'm a bit late posting this, but last night after work I got home and did a Yoga workout.  On Wed. and Thurs. nights I had Physical Therapy for my back and he was pushing on the muscles pretty hard to try to loosen them up, so my back was pretty sore when I started the yoga workout.  By the time I was done it definitely felt better.  I also did 15 chin-ups before yoga and I'm glad to see that I'm not back-sliding too much on my ability to do chin-ups.  After my workout I used a home traction machine that the therapist had me bring home to try.  It seems that traction on the neck helps to relieve pressure on the nerve that is bother me. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Day 674 - 5K Run and Ring workout

Last night I had another physical therapy appt. for my back and it seemed to help.  By the time I left the appt. my upper back and neck were feeling considerably better than when I started the session.  He has me doing some stretches to help stretch out the muscles and hopefully settle the nerve into it's proper place.  These appointments are almost 90-minutes long and and go like this:
  • Heat pack
  • Range of motion test
  • Muscle massage and direct pressure
  • Neck pull using traction machine
  • Stretching exercises
  • Heat and electro-stimulation
This week I have three appointments set up, so I'm hoping this is going to really help me to feel better.  This morning I got out for a 5K Trail run.  Later today I plan to do an upper-body workout on the IM Rings (The IM Ring workouts are a lot less stress on my back than something like Chest & Back & Balance).   I may also mix in some Chin-ups if things are feeling good.