No, it is not my birthday… The title will be explained shortly.
But before that, I just have to tell you that I am feeling much better now! Yaay! (Had sushi for supper last night, so that should speak volumes.)
As for what it was, I ate at home and I think it was either whole egg or the egg white product (called Egg Creations... a variation on Egg Beaters). As part of my quest to eat lean proteins and less fat, I bought the egg white product for the first time last week, to try it out... Yeah, um... We won't be doing that any time again soon! Really, I can't be sure what it was, but that's my guess...
Anyway... changing the subject, I have good news to report from my July training log. No, sadly, I am not back to running yet... The plantar fasciitis hangs on... Continues to improve, though at a snail's pace, it seems.
What I did manage to do was 60 minutes of cardio last month -- with little or no knee pain. For those ultra-runners who follow the blog, a mere 60 minutes is just a warm up for you, I know, but for me, it is a bit of a personal record... at least since I started my training a year ago.
Given my track record of doing something and then having to stop right away again due to injury or pain, I held back on reporting this until I could confidently say I'd done it more than once. I am happy to report that I repeated the 60-minute stint several times in July -- and I'm still walking around without a knee brace!
Our gym has a 30-minute limit on cardio machines. Sometimes you can get away with more if it's not busy, but in general I try to respect the time limits (within about 5 minutes or so). I figure that it just wouldn't be good to tick off the gym staff, especially since I see these people six days a week! So, my 60 minutes is comprised of half the time on the stationary bike and half on the eliptical.
After an analysis from my trainer on my technique on the elliptical, I have been working to improve it so my knees and hips track better... and my knees hurt less as a result.
I have been using my HR monitor through much of the month, with a focus on keeping my HR fairly low… in the “fat burning zone” or low intensity cardio training. I didn’t want to do too much too fast (again!) One thing I have noticed is that I need to put the resistance on the bike up a couple of levels higher than I did at the beginning of July, just to get my HR in the same zone… A good indicator of adaptation and improvement.
So… I finished July being very happy with my training for the month… the most pain-free month I’ve had since getting injured… and better performance than I’ve had since I started training over a year ago.
(Have I mentioned that my chiropractor is wonderful?)