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So I began having some knee trouble, and the next thing I knew, I found myself in physical therapy. Now I sorta limped walked into the physical therapy center with a smirk on my face.  I was in the best shape of my life!  I had recently broken my record for the mile run, without even trying to make that PR; I was just completing some interval training.  I maintained a regular workout regimen that balanced cardio and weight lifting.  My legs were not weak, and I had the strongest core I’d ever experienced.  So, what was a physical therapist going to give me to work on?

Well, turns out in our assessment that I neglected some muscles important to maintaining knee stabilization – that inner and outer thigh strength.  Now, I had included side lunges twice a week.  Apparently that’s not enough.

By incorporating inner & outer leg lifts and a “clamshell” workout into your weight routine, you’ll develop all the muscles in your legs and contribute to the stability in your knees.

Incorporating these exercise to further balance out my leg strength has been very helpful in alleviating some of the pain and strengthening the joint.  Good points is that these exercises are easily done while reading or watching the Today show.  Bad point is that I never want to do them when I go to the gym!

~ Happy Trails ~

Jessica

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For an embarrassing period of time, my blogging was neglected.  It all started with the tragic idiotic loss of my camera.  Then, life got a little busy – I’m preparing for a move to Evanston, IL, just outside of Chicago, to attend business school.  And now finally, despite my athletic stamina, I’m having knee problems that are preventing me from running.

All of this makes one wonder what’s happening with the blog?

Well, for starters – I have a temporary camera right now and will be getting another camera in a couple of weeks.  Whew. One thing taken care of.

Next, if I’m in Chi-town, it’s going to be hard for me to write about DC.  So after I put in my thoughts about some different cultural things I’ve done recently in DC, I’ll be blogging about life in the Second City Suburb.

Finally, if this not running thing lasts for a while, I’m not quite sure.  I love running.  It’s a phenomenal sport, activity, way to keep in shape, see a city, connect to your surroundings, be outside, challenge yourself and see results… and the list goes on.  In the meantime, I’ll be blogging about some running topics I wanted to discuss before and will write some about the circuit training I’ve engaged in.  Seriously.  I’m crediting these hard core circuit training workouts that I am doing with putting me into the best shape of my life.  Ironic though that I’d injure myself again while feeling that way about my physical fitness…

I hope to create something you’ll still find interesting and reliable.  Any thoughts?  Leave your comments below.

~ Happy Trails ~

Jessica