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  • PetiteSheWolf
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    Yeeks for the toe wound, hope it heals fast ! And I hear you for blood dripping, as I am under anticoagulants , any cut can change into a mess quite quickly, and as haemoglobin can really stain...

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 682

    ​​ Programme:
    - Day 15 Ironheart
    ​​​ Splits app. Intermediate, day 23. 22 minutes.

    Taekwondo general training. When I rocked up, the first thing I was asked by someone was if I had felt sore the next day after last week. Confessed I had been still feeling sore two days after! The various Covid lockdowns have had a big effect on the Club. Quite a few people no longer come, at least to the centre I attend. Today, the total of adults and teens was only 15. We did running drills to warm up, then strength stuff like push-ups, sit-ups, leg raises, and the like. A quick spot of punching to get the blood flowing and the martial arts mind working. Then on to kicking. Just instep kicking and turning kick. Partner work - alternate turning kicks to mid-section, then high. Finally, in a larger group (ours was of 6), partner kicking again, then moving to change partners and kicking again so everyone got to partner everyone else. Unfortunately, about 15 minutes before the end, I managed to tear the skin off the underside of my big toe. Now, apart from when I am running or when I go out, I am bare-footed. I know I haven't trained for ages, but I didn't think that my feet had got so soft! As I sat, hunting for a bandaid, I didn't realise my blood was dripping onto the floor. (Someone got out the disinfectant from the Spill Kit and cleaned up the floor.) Fortunately, missed my dobok completely. Don't need blood stains on the white pyjamas! I haven't looked at my toe yet since I wrapped it up. I'll have to do something with it after my shower tonight. Yuck.

    Thanks for that, DorothyMH Your comment actually triggered something and I remembered that first thing in the morning, while I was getting dressed, I did an exercise I'd seen for ballet dancers to strengthen the hip flexors, and it really worked the adductors too. When I pulled the hamstring, I also strained the adductor, and I noticed when I was doing the stretching yesterday that the cross-body swing of my right leg was quite painful - and that's the adductors working there. So I guess I'm not quite ready for those heavy-duty ballet drills yet! The leg felt much better today and even with the lunges at Training tonight, though my right knee wasn't ready to touch the ground, it was nearly there.

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  • DorothyMH
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    Would it help to do more dynamic stretching type warm up exercises before you run so your hammy has more activation….? Like walking lunges or plank walk downs, for example…🤨🙂

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  • TopNotch
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    Wow! I just saw that there are a couple of new Guides, with one addressing the exact question I asked Damer on his recent Q&A. So glad to think there are more people out there who wondered about this enough for there to be a Guide. That's so cool. 🥳👍 This is getting printed out and going right into the Big Folder. Pity there's never a Download button for the Guides, though...

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 681

    ​​ Programme:
    - Day 14 Ironheart
    C25k New week; new workout. This week it's 1.5min running followed by 2min walking. For a total of 20 minutes. Now, no matter how I cut this, I couldn't get it below 21 minutes! And with my 5 minutes of warm-up walking, that made the whole thing 26 minutes. I always find the first run the hardest, even after the warm-up, and the hamstring hurt, but not so much for the other runs. I ran all 6 sets at 5.5m/8.8k. I simply couldn't do more. I think I was a little worried. Oh, I don't think there was anything actually to worry about but sometimes the mind plays tricks on us. You see, at Thursday training, we were informed that one of our group had had a heart attack (he's fine now), and he talked about his symptoms (no sudden stabbing pain or hurting arm, or suchlike), and now that's all my mind is thinking about - is my tiredness just because I'm actually tired, having done tiring things, or...? Are my aches and pains just because I've been training, or...? Now, I have absolutely no reason to think there's any other cause, but then, neither did he. So right now, the old hippocampus is worrying me. I'm sure I'll get over this but right now it's fresh in my head, and I just couldn't push myself much. Still, 5.5m/8.8k isn't bad - it's better than I did a few weeks ago, and on par for my current runs.
    ​​ Splits app. Intermediate, day 22. 23 minutes.
    Exercise bike. 17mins/8.4k (pace: 2'02") The third of the five lost episodes.

    Strange thing - when I started running today, the hamstring immediately set up a complaint. Why? I thought this thing was getting better. It should do after all this time! I can't think of anything I've done that would make it stroppy. I may have overdone things a bit on Thursday but that was Thursday! Sure, my legs were sore on Friday (probably from the squats!) but not the hammy. Yesterday everything seemed quite fine. So what gives? I'm getting really tired of this.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who's been having trouble with the smilies. They are here one moment and the next, disappeared. Most mysterious...

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