The Body is Fascinating!

Yesterday my work day flew by in the blink of an eye. Before I knew it I was sitting in rush hour traffic on my way home.

It was an overcast day and the humidity was sky high, even for Fort Lauderdale in June. I mean 91% is a bit much to ask your makeup to hold up to, BUT I had promised Cecil I would take him for a walk so Adam and I got out the stroller.

On Sunday night Cecil went over to his stroller and jumped into it all by himself. It was the cutest thing! When I saw that I knew the stroller was a good investment. I’ve bought him many things over the years that he has ignored but this has turned out to be a winner :).

Adam said if he could ask Cecil one question it would be, “what do you think about the walks we take you on, and all the new sounds, sights and smells you experience after years of just sitting in the house?”

It’s a good question. I’m not sure what I would ask Cecil, but it would probably be something stupid like, “do you know you’re the most beautiful baby cat in the world?” He would say yes and that would be it.

We took Cecil for a quick 2 miler around the park before the heavens opened up and it started raining.

I was going to try and run yesterday, but I started reading up on scar tissue and began wondering if it’s best to refrain for a little while longer. I’ll definitely ask when I go see my PT again today.

From what I’ve read scar tissue is basically the body’s own band-aid for soft-tissue and muscle damage that can accumulate from putting pressure on our muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves over time through things like running.

Basically a collagen cast (aka scar tissue) is formed over the damaged area to prevent any more damage, and once the collagen cast is formed it doesn’t want to budge because it feels like it’s protecting the damaged area.

As the cast binds itself to our bodies it constricts movement. The binding process increases in intensity over time as we continue to put additional pressure on our muscles and tendons. This increased binding results in a decreased range of motion that locks the muscles and tends in place. Hence why, over time, my calves have felt tighter and tighter.

From what I can tell the only way to break up scar tissue, especially scar tissue that has build up over years, is through deep tissue massage so I feel like I am doing the right thing.

Isn’t it amazing how the body tries to protect and repair itself? I think it’s fascinating!!!

How has the weather been by you? Rainy?
If you have a pet, what is one question you would like to be able to ask him/her?

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  1. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Yes, the body is definitely fascinating but also annoying at times:) Hopefully a few sessions of deep tissue massage will loosen everything up for you!
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    1. Kristina

      Hahhah you are right of course! Frustrating and annoying all at once.
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  2. Heather [is probably running]

    I would totally end up wasting my cat question on something silly like, “Little Kitty do you know just how much I love you?” I’d really like to tell her that when I leave her with a cat sitter later this month that I promise I am coming back and that I still love her.
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    1. Kristina

      EXACTLY, RIGHT? I would get too excited and ask something ridiculous.

      I wish I could tell Cecil things like that too! It would be so much easier if we could have real conversations with them. Even if it was just one conversation per month!
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  3. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Wow, even though I have been told before I have scar tissue, I never looked up exactly what it was or why it’s there. Thank you for doing that and it IS fascinating!

    I so wish I could take my kitties on walks! If I had to ask my kitties something I think I would ask, “Do you understand that when we go away, even if it’s for several days, that we are always coming back?” That’s one of the reasons I hate going on vacation- especially like that 12 day one we took. I’m scared they don’t know we’re coming back.
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    1. Kristina

      I KNOW I get so worried about that too. I mean with the look Cecil gives me when I leave for work I almost feel like every time I leave he thinks I’m not coming back. Especially since Adam says he always cries at the door when I leave. It breaks my heart!

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  4. Susan

    I totally agree! And what I learned in my treatment is that the body’s inflammation process after injury is needed for repair but we do so much to blunt it (ice, NSAIDs, etc.). Super eye opening for me (I always was taking NSAIDs and now haven’t in almost 3 months!) OK, how much do I love that Cecil got into his stroller? Do you feel like mom of the year? We finished our garage 2 summers ago (and made it slightly larger) and we love it but I always say best investment ever because Macy hangs out in there, listening to classic rock (yes, we keep the radio on for her), and has a doggie door to the back yard, along with a comfortable, climate controlled place to hang out if she wants to be in! Never mind we love our space…she LOVES our (her?) space so money well spent. I wonder what other house improvements we can make for her! LOL.

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    1. Kristina

      Hhaha I do feel like cat mom of the year! 🙂 That’s so sweet that you created a room just for Macy. I am sure she appreciates it. It sounds like the perfect spot hang out spot. I’d want to hang out in there all day napping and and listening to classic rock too!

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  5. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    I would ask my cat “why do you wake me up in the middle of the night EVERY night? What’s the point??”, and the other cat would be “Why do you poop on my floor right next to the litter box? What are you so mad about??”. Those would be much appreciated answers!
    That is quite interesting about scar tissue. I didn’t know that!
    It was pretty humid yesterday and I went to work with super curly hair (didn’t do anything to it), but today was cool and no humidity, so I could straighten my hair out! My ever changing hairstyles to cope with the weather!
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    1. Kristina

      Hahahahah I would like to ask Cecil that as well. I would love to know why he starts demanding his breakfast at 4am when he knows damn well he’s not getting fed until 5. I’d also like to know what’s up with his new thing where he gets on my pillow and pushes my head off so he can have the whole thing to himself. We gotta share! 🙂

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