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Weekly Wrap Up: A return of neck pain . . . And running hiatus

on May 31, 2017

Good news, bad news.

Good news:

    • First half of last week was great in terms of my fitness goals! Lots of walks and a 9-interval running workout.
    • I stayed on track with my food choices all week despite lots of travel. I made good choices and tracked everything, including some indulgences.

Healthy choices on the roadA healthy room service breakfast left room for yummy lemon cake!

  • I didn’t let the stress of travel throw me off plan!

Bad news:

  • During that run Wednesday, my neck pain came back with a vengeance – and has stayed. It hurt worse than it has since February and still hurts. Even worse, I also had an increase in my thumb pain, which means this wasn’t just muscular. The nerve was irritated again too.
  • The neck pain freaked me out so much that I was pretty much a slug for the last half of the week. Food choices were good, but my step counts and workouts were minimal.

I’ll admit, the neck pain got me down and there were some cookies that weren’t tracked on Memorial Day. However, Tuesday I was right back on the horse, weighing in and tracking again. I’m beyond frustrated with this neck pain, but I knew this was a possibility. The physical therapist seemed wary of me trying to run at all because of the impact and inflammation. Turns out she was right – at least for now.

I’m re-evaluating my summer plans. No more running for a couple of months – I’ll try again in the fall if the summer goes well. However, without running, I’m going to need to find something that keeps me moving. I need something that gives me the “training for a race” level motivation to keep moving, even if what I’m doing is stationary bike, elliptical and walking. It is amazing the number of things that involve stress to your neck! Biking on the road is out for a while, as is swimming. I’ll have to find fun in low impact things for a while. On the plus side, I have time to finally get good about strength training. Maybe I can work on coming up with a plan and a sticker chart. I’m super motivated by a sticker chart.

I need to view this as an opportunity to try something new and to avoid running in the heat of summer. Always a bright side. 🙂

Also a bright side for me? A date with myself Thursday night for Wonder Woman!!

Wonder Woman!!I am ridiculously excited about this movie!!

Thanks as always to Holly and Tricia for hosting our weekly wrap up! Next week’s weekly wrap up will hopefully include reports of two strength workouts, walks every day and good food choices.

How do you stay motivated to keep moving through an injury?

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10 responses to “Weekly Wrap Up: A return of neck pain . . . And running hiatus

  1. Anna says:

    Ugh! That totally stinks that your neck pain is back. I will be curious to see what you find that doesn’t stress your neck. Good for you keeping the eating under control…that must have been very difficult…good job!

  2. Margaret B says:

    Oh no! So sorry about the neck pain! Have you tried pool running? I hear it is great!
    I am so beyond excited for Wonder Woman!!!

  3. I’m so very sorry about the neck pain! Ditto to what Meg said. Maybe try pool running?

    We are seeing W.W. this weekend. I. cannot. wait!!!! Let us know how it is!

  4. HoHo Runs says:

    I’m sorry to hear your neck is bothering you again. But, I love your attitude about it. When I broke my first foot, I cycled and fell in love with it. I went on to compete in 4 sprint triathlons. You never know what opportunities are around the corner. Let me know if you like the movie! Thanks for linking with us.

  5. Jennifer @ Dashing in Style says:

    Oh no! So sorry the pain is back 😦 As usual though, you’re doing great with thinking through plans and coming up with something that will work for you.

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