Happy Independence Day! Yes, I know, I’m a day late, but I was pretty busy on my day off and didn’t have time to post. Tuesday night was our nephews’ first overnight at our house. They are 7 and 4, and are silly, nutty, fun little boys. We took them to see fireworks and it was a blast.
The next morning, after pancakes, J took them to the park (along with Uncle E and Auntie K, who live three houses down from us) while I snuck in my run. * J and I then dropped them home and had a couple hours to relax before heading out again, for his boss’s BBQ. This is how I chose to relax:
That and a nap, which only made me more groggy but my eyes wouldn’t stay open so it couldn’t be helped.
I ate pretty poorly the last two days, but today I’m back to routine and back on track, starting with this delicious breakfast:
Breakfast scramble (tofu, potatoes, onion, garlic, vegan sausage, tomatoes, vegan cheese) from the Skinny Bitch in the Kitch cookbook. It might look gross but trust me, it’s awesome. Lunch was vegan taco salad (yes, again!) and dinner is still TBD, maybe lemon dill tofu.
* Ugh, my run! I ran 3 miles for the first time since being injured. Hip and hip flexor felt fine but it was sunny, very hot, and incredibly humid, so it was a struggle. If I had realized how nasty it was I would have brought water with me. Seriously thought I was going to puke a few times. I ended my run at the park, where J and the nephews were playing, and
sat collapsed on a swing for a few minutes before walking home (up a steep hill) for a much-needed cold drink. I didn’t have time to stretch or ice and I paid for it later – my hip was not happy the rest of the day and into the night, until the aleve kicked in (hip flexor, thankfully, was fine). The aleve wore off this morning and I’m still more sore than usual, so clearly I can’t skip stretching/icing without suffering the consequences.
I’m feeling a bit frustrated that my original hip pain has returned, even though today is the exception and it usually is mild and wears off quickly. The ortho said there wasn’t anything to do to treat it, and in PT we only worked on the hip flexor. I’m also annoyed because I feel like I didn’t get as much out of PT this time around. Last time I had a series of seven stretches I worked through, used the Pilates machine, and they checked my alignment almost every visit. This time she gave me just one stretch (I decided on my own to incorporate the others, since they helped last time), I did not use the Pilates machine at all, and she did not once check my alignment. I feel like she should have, since I was often out of alignment last time. It’s always my left side that gets hurt so I feel like maybe my alignment is out of whack.
I’m thinking about going to my husband’s chiropractor to see if he can help. I’m normally not a fan of chiropractors but J swears by his (he was instrumental in diagnosing his back issue several years ago), and my friend K and several bloggers (all runners) I read have all had very positive experiences with theirs. Worth a try, right?
Have you been to a chiropractor? What was your experience (positive or negative)?
Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th!