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Today I Jogged

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Mark

    When I was injured through running, I could barely walk. My exercise routine went out the window and by the time I was healed (some time later), I had already slipped into my old habits and had gained weight.

    This has been my primary concern this time around. Although I want to lose the weight, I don’t want to get injured and put myself out of action again.

    I have been running now for about six months and I’m still not at the level of fitness I was. But I think that’s ok, because where I am now, it’s sustainable. Fingers crossed anyway 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That was my concern too. I was worried I would gain weight. I am happy I was able to find things I could do to keep my fitness level somewhat where it was…

  2. Lori (Finding Radiance)

    Congrats on the weigh in! The drop also could be decompression from less cardio as well, along with lifting.

    I don’t have problems with my wrists during planks. You should be resting straight up and down on your elbows with your shoulders and elbows lined up. I am able to rotate and flex my wrist while doing them to check my watch. They are killer, though.

    It took me 6 weeks or more (have to check) before I started running again after hurting my back. Then it was really slow progress. Honestly to this day I do not have the speed I used to have before, but I also have spent a lot of time biking and not speed training this summer.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      What do you mean by decompression?

  3. Lisa

    What a great workout! my only advice would be to listen to your body 🙂

  4. Nicki

    The wrist issue…. This is a little harder, yeah not fun to hear there is a way to make the plank harder. LOL. 🙂 But if you roll up a towel, or use a weight and hold onto it, keeping your wrist straight knuckles down… That should alleviate some of the pain. 🙂 Glad to see you back “running”..

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I will try that tonight at the gym. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Carina

    First time reader (found you through your comment at Seattle Runner Girl). I’ve never had wrist tendonitis, but I also feel like my wrists are my weak spot during push ups, mountain-climbers, squat thrusts, pretty much any exercise that requires that position (I do plank on my elbows, seems just as effective). I’m going to try the above solution too b/c I’ve never gotten any good advice on how to make my wrists not hurt.

    I’ve run for a long time and my most serious injuries have resulted from two falls at the same intersection (several years apart) spraining an ankle each time (opposite ankle each time). I’ve also had plantar fascitis for a few months, but I’m able to run through it. I’ve had various muscle pulls as well over the years (gastrocnemius and peroneus longus). So I definitely can say that you can successfully come back from a long recovery period, but I don’t have any great tips for coming back since your schedule sounds really good and sufficiently cautious.

    My advice is to do ITB stretches after you run every time for pretty much the rest of your life. It’s an area that is going to always be susceptible to re-injury, and once you’re back to normal, stretching it out after you run should keep you safe. Don’t know what stretches you got, but I like the one where you put one ankle on opp knee and then bend the leg you’re standing on (hard to describe, but you’ll feel it pull).

    Other ITB advice I’ve heard is to avoid running on a slope whenever possible. So if you run in the street, try to run in the center of the road when possible.

    Good luck in your return! Hood to Coast is on my list of races to do someday!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for posting! I’ve had a few injuries this year related to hills. I do my best to avoid running on hills or uneven ground. The ITB stretch you suggested is one that my doc gave me. And YES it is hard. I feel it for sure.

      1. Carina

        Looking forward to following your comeback!

        1. Lisa Eirene

          Thanks! I’m looking forward to the day I can run for real again.

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