Progress Report

On Friday I did 20 pushups in a row which is pretty crazy since I didn’t know I could do more than 10 and wasn’t super sure I could even do 10 without being in pain later. But I did it! And Im still sore!

My goal for the past month or so was to start running again, but to be honest I didn’t run even once. In jujitsu we run in circles to warm up so actually I run for a total of about 5 minutes per week so I think thats good enough. My goal is to run a 5k in under 30 minutes. If I can do that, then I will be able to get more out of jujitsu classes too, so its a win-win.

I have been taking time off from climbing for a few months now, and I think I accomplished what I needed to on that front. Climbing was hard on my shoulder but now that I can do pushups and all I think I’m almost ready to get back to it. Im excited for that, but also nervous. Thats because I’m moving, and so Im going to start bouldering after I move and I intend on somehow making friends that way. I figure worst case I get really good at bouldering if I can’t make friends…

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Jingle Bell Run

Yesterday I ran the Jingle Bell Run with one of my favorite friends. The run benefits the Arthritis Foundation, and I was able to raise $430 of my $500 goal. I also finished with a faster time than my last 5k which I ran last spring at around 34 minutes. The results haven’t been posted yet, but I believe my time yesterday was around 32 minutes. It may not sound like a ton of improvement, but it is for me! I sprained my shoulder in early September and this was the first run I have done where my shoulder didn’t hurt. Talk about exciting. I’ve been fighting with shoulder issues for a couple of years now, but yesterday I was able to run a 5k pain free. I am beyond excited about that.

Even better, after we ran this race, we decided to go climb for a bit, and though I wasn’t able to climb very well, my shoulder still didn’t hurt! All that physical therapy finally seems to have paid off. This progress has me hoping to be back to bigger things very soon. I’d love to run my next 5k in under 30 minutes, and be pushing back into climbing 5.10s sooner than later! I know it won’t be easy, but at least I know I can.

 

Update:
Time: 31:58

Back again

Yesterday I climbed for the first time since I sprained my shoulder. Talk about a great
feeling. I was nervous because not only was it my first test to see that my shoulder actually healed enough, but also it was one of those weird climbing dates.

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My Halloween face

I had met the guy last week at a Halloween party. I had gone as a skeleton, so he saw my face, but not really, and so I was all nervous that he wouldn’t like my face. I have a fairly standard face.

First climb of the day was a 5.8 and it felt like a piece of cake. It was a bit soft for an 8, but I was surprised. My shoulder worked!! After a couple routes on TR we did a little lead climbing. Since I was climbing 5.8s and 5.9s I felt pretty good. But there was this 10 that looked so fun. Unfortunately I have become weak as hell and couldn’t clip a draw under an overhang. The worst part is I was a huge baby about it. I tried a few times, but I just wasn’t strong enough, and I knew I had to fall, but I freaked out a bit first. I wasn’t even that far past my last draw but I hadn’t fallen in forever! Naturally, I fell and it was fine. But then for my next climb I had terrible lead head. I pulled through, not because I wanted to, but because I had to make this guy believe I wasn’t a complete baby.

Needless to say, I don’t think the date part went well, but at least I’m climbing again. I missed it too much. Even inside it felt fantastic. So now I’m back in all my sports! I have gone to jujitsu a couple times, and I ran a mile a few days ago. Shoulder is definitely still super sensitive, but its a good start!

Jujitsu – First day back

Part of the reason I haven’t been writing is because I’ve been busy doing school, applying for jobs, and wallowing in self-pity. The reason being that as soon as I got back into sports, I sprained my shoulder. It wasn’t anything crazy. A white belt had not yet learned that people are fragile. She cried. I felt terrible. But now I’m back!

Coming back from injury is difficult. I’m terrified to work with people I don’t know, and since I’ve been out for a while thats nearly the entire class. Plus I forgot nearly everything. A girl had me in guard and we kind of got stuck there; I couldn’t even remember how to break guard! All I could think of is to shove my elbow in her thigh, but I don’t like to do that. It never really works.

It was a fun class though. We did some fairly simple drilling, I got to roll with an old friend, and I didn’t get hurt. I had missed those guys. Having them there to welcome me back makes the recovery process worth while. I can’t wait to get strong again.