I feel like there are a few things I need to catch you all up on, so Thinking Out Loud seemed like the way to go. Lately I have felt like whenever I sit down to write a post I get struck with writer’s block. I know what I want to say, but the words just aren’t coming to me as they usually do. So we are just gonna jump right into this today and see where we go…
Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. You may remember that last year I gave up coffee. I tried to figure out what to give up this year, and decided that instead of giving something up that I would try to start meditating every day. This has always been something I struggled with so much. I decided if I could commit 5-10 minutes to this every day that it may help me to be more mindful and focused.
I downloaded an app called “Calm” which has short guided meditations to complete each day. The ones I have done so far have focused on breathing, body awareness, and letting your thoughts go. It has an alarm so I set it for 8pm every night. I usually do it right before I go to sleep and it’s been really relaxing.
I’m not sure if I ever would have committed to something like this otherwise. Maybe after 40 days it will become a habit and I will continue meditating at least a few times a week.
I’ve also been trying a slightly different approach to injury prevention. I’m working on figuring out EXACTLY which muscles are tight and which ones are weak and focusing more specifically on those. Even though my left foot has been giving me problems I think it’s my right glute that is the real issue. This was one of the first things that my PT noticed but I always go back to focusing on where I notice the pain.
I’m trying to make sure when I am standing that I am putting weight equally on both feet. I actually have noticed I tend to lean towards to the left! I think I am still crossing over the midline with my left foot when I run, probably to compensate for the weaker side. This won’t change my routine much, it’s just something I will be aware of.
I also read an article about the glute medius specifically and problems that can arise if it’s dysfunctional. Before it can be strengthened, it needs to be released, so I am really focusing on getting in there are loosing it up with a lax ball before doing any exercises.
Finally, I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was thinking about reading up on heart rate training. Well, I didn’t do that. However, there were quite a few comments about the accuracy of a heart rate chest strap versus a wrist based heart rate monitor. So last week I did an experiment when I was riding the bike. I wore both my old and new watch, and my chest strap. (So my new watch read my HR based on my wrist, and my old watch was measured by my chest strap).
Overall the readings were pretty close. You can see that the wrist one jumps around a bit more, but whenever I looked down at the watches they were either the same reading or within 1-3 bpms. Not sure if there would be the same results while out running. Maybe I’ll try that next.
Do you use a heart rate monitor? What kind?
Have you ever meditated? Is it something you do regularly?
Have you ever really tried to narrow down your form issues and try to address them head on?