All this exercising doesn't come without a price. Some days my back and knee hurt so bad that I have to take a few days off of exercising. I don't push myself to exercise until I feel pain. I push myself to do what I can, and let my body tell me when to stop. Usually the pain comes on hours later, or the next day. Then I let my body tell me how long I need to relax. When you have spent as many years laying around and getting NO exercise as I have, pain when you finally use those muscles is inevitable.
The trainer asked me if I want him to work up a new routine for me since I am getting stronger. I told him that I have already done that for myself. My body tells me what it needs and doesn't need. If I'm feeling achy in my shoulders then I don't use the machines that work my shoulders, until my shoulders tell me it's okay to try again. Our bodies are amazingly smart. They will tell us what they need. We just have to learn to listen.
Those of you who know me know that I love action movies. Olympus has Fallen was totally awesome. When I watch action movies in the theater (it doesn't feel the same watching them at home) and I see someone running, it always makes me want to be able to do that. I want to be able to survive a zombie apocalypse...or a mugging for that matter. I don't want to be the slow, fat, easy target. Heck, I'd settle for being able to run to my car when I'm late for work. I've done so much damage to my back and knee that I doubt I'll ever be able to run any marathons, but a quick jaunt out to the car would be nice.