Okay, I’m frustrated. I’m really not sure how to proceed. I’ve completed the first week, but I don’t feel like it’s going the right way. I’m doing wall pushups at the moment, because that’s the only way I can lift any weight with my upper body, and even those are seriously kicking my ass. Monday (the first day) I thought I was okay, but then Tuesday morning (my first rest day) I had to take a double dose of painkillers just to get out of bed. What had started out the previous evening as shoulder and chest soreness had bloomed overnight into full-body agony. Everything hurts when I move— arms, chest, back, hips, knees, ankles, wrists, everything. Oddly enough, my pecs and triceps stopped hurting yesterday, but I’m still having the overall body pain. I’m hobbling around from room to room at a snail’s pace.
Incidentally, how far is “down” with pushups? Does your nose have to touch the surface your hands are on? Because in any position, even against the wall, I can only get about half that far before I’m in real danger of sudden collapse, and then I come back up (see also: broken nose, avoidance of). So I think I’m doing half-pushups (maybe, not sure), and even those are killing me. But if I go down all the way (which involves collapsing because my arms can’t hold me past a certain point), then I can’t lift up again. Not even an inch. I’m not sure how to handle that.
Obviously I’m not ready to move on to week two, but I’m dreading doing week one again. I’m trying to convince myself that I won’t just be repeating this first week a million times, not being able to sleep because of the pain.
The thing I don’t get is, I’m not out of shape. I run and do yoga regularly. I take the stairs. I’m the most flexible person I know. So why is this particular exercise causing me so many problems?
Advice and words of encouragement are welcome. My next pushups day is Monday, so I have two days to come up with a strategy.