Dealing with Injury
The human body does not like change. When I first started running, back in 2007, I got hurt, almost right away. Bad shoes and weak tendons led to a 3 month injury which even made it difficult to walk. It took me till the next year to start running again, and again I got injured, this time it was with shin splints (went from the treadmill to outdoors. Didn't know you had to be careful!). I've been running consistently for 5 years now, and I know how to listen to my body and cut back to avoid injury. But my body has also adjusted to running. While I know I can still get injured, it's less likely to occur if I'm not aggressive and remember to cut back once in awhile.
Now I've started something new, kettlebells. I want strength. The problem is that I have never been a physically strong person. And my body's response to trying to get strong at 43 is to complain, loudly. When I first started Lauen's book, Kettlebells for Women, I added daily push-ups and (negative) chin-ups. I was very aggressive about it. I was determined to be able to do real push-ups and chin-ups, but all I managed to do was aggravate my shoulder. I stopped doing the daily push-ups and chin-ups when I switched to Lauren's new program, Be SLAM. I also learned better technique from a kettlebell trainer. The combined has helped, for the most part, take care of my shoulder issue. At least I thought so. My left shoulder issue is completely better, but the top of my right shoulder is hurting, a lot. It seems that the TGU's aggravated it, as the one arm swings with the heavier bell.
I know I need to give my shoulder a break. I'm supposed to do a conditioning workout tomorrow, but instead I 'm going to run. The 2 days after that are rest before the next strength workout, and I'm hoping that the 3 day rest will help resolve my issue. I doubt it, but I'm hopeful. I know I need to be careful. When you're over 40 your body can not handle the same amount of stress that it could when it was 20. Hopefully, I can nurse this along by small breaks and dropping to a lighter weight for some things. I'm trying to very extra careful with push-ups.
It does stink getting old.