Showing posts with label injury. Show all posts
Showing posts with label injury. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Give Me Hugs and Lots of Kisses

Guess what I did today?!?!

Did you say win the lottery?  Because, although a good guess is wrong.  I ran.
 Obviously.

My sincere apologies for the lame-o photos, I took my camera with us out on the run and guess who forgot the memory card?  You're right, Goliath did.  Whattta dummie.

I thought about running all day, and prayed I got outta work early enough to see some daylight on my run.  Unfortunately, the sun was setting on my way home and by the time I geared up it was dark.  Goliath knew something was up the second I got home, and he ran circles around me, barked and stretched.  Which is something I should have done....hmpf.

I planned on testing the waters, but I intended on going for three solid miles.  With the new orthotics in toe, ha get it? pun INTENDED.  I prepared myself for the worst: excruciating pain, like at the marathon and hoped for the best: a pain-free-speedy-few miles. 

I got a hybrid.  My muscle memory was pretty solid, I expected to feel fatigue pretty early on and anticipated muscle failure.  Apparently, the cross training has kept my fitness pretty decent.  Unfortunately, my upper respirtory fitness was a whole 'notha story.  I am wheezy, probably from the cold, but man breathing was ROUGH.  Most importantly, my knee felt great until about a half mile in.  It hurts specifically more on the downhill, which is common for lower joint injuries, and the uphill was a breeze.  

For our first run back, we had pretty decent splits based on estimates because I didn't wear my garmin, as it hasn't been charged since...uhm...Chicago Half?  eek.

I can already tell I am going to have a little DOMs tomorrow, and
I AM SO EXCITED!

The husband and I went for our regular Wednesday sushi date, and I tried two new rolls:
Midnight Fantasy Roll, it's a mix of salmon and yellow tail with minced scallion
Alaskan Roll, salmon-avocado-cucumber in a rice wrapper

Food not pictured: Coffee, Chocolate Chip cliff bar, spinach salad with red peppers and banana peppers, apple and peanut butter

...and Today's Daily Picture:

Did you run today?
What is the hardest part of your workout?
What are some good gifts for runners?

This post brought to you by: "Yes"-LMFAO

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Oh, I Needed That

I heard something wonderful today: "I need you to run now."

'Scuze me Doc, nerbody needs to tell me that twice...not even once.  In fact, I am use to the "hey don't run for X weeks and then we will see."  Things are little different when you work with a team that has a goal, and the goal is not to treat symptoms but to get you back to running permanently.  

So once I heard that, there was some of this going on:
Booty Dancing
The Wave
Heck-yessssin'
Fist Pumpin

Why? My orthotics came in, and even though I dropped a cool $300 on them, I was told to break them over the next two days and then run.  In fact, Dr. Tony said I HAVE to run in the next 7-10 days.  I will ACE this homework.


Unfortunately, I was so hyped on this news that I didn't photograph much of anything else today.  Blogger fail. So here's  funny pictureS of Goliath.

Food not pictured:  ALL Egg and pepperjack cheese on a bagel thin, beef jerky, sweedish fish (a really wholesome lunch), ginger salad, assorted sushi

Today's Picture:

What's the longest you've been "benched"?
What is your go-to dance move?
Do you have a date night?

This post brought to you by: "Headlines"-Drake

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Head on My Pillow

Being sick is super lame.

Getting sick over and over and over is super lame.  I left work early today because of a mega head cold and low grade fever that I so graciously caught from my husband.  Thanks babe, you are so generous.  I did however stay long enough at work to enjoy the work provided luncheon.

Fried chicken, heck yaaaaa....wouldn't miss that even if I had the plague.

Something else I wouldn't miss ever in a million years is picking up my sister from the airport.  You know the one, the one who left me all by me onsie in August to have her own adventure in Alabama.  While I am so excited she is off exploring and learning life on her own, I am SO STOKED she's back for a bit so we can be besties again.  We just have this bond that...well sisters do.
Like Drake says, Emily...youda best, youda youda best. 
My cuz Carie and I were super excited to venture to the airport, run through terminals, scoop her up and provide her with all the junk food in the world.  Why? Because that's what we do.  We bought all your junk food dreams and I don't even feel guilty.  Flamin' hot cheetos burn so good.
So no killer work out for me today due to me gnarly head and chest congestion.
Food not Pictured: Coffee, Greek yogurt, Beef stew(carrots, potatoes, peas and mushrooms), sourdough bread, brownie

In lieu of my daily photo, here's my lovies:


Why do I keep getting sick????
Does your work ever provide meals?
What is your favorite junk food?

This post brought to you by: "Lay it Down"- Lloyd

Monday, November 21, 2011

Girl, You Talk Too Much

It feels weird to not be training for anything.

Like seriously weird, and I have feeling my blog is a lot less interesting when I am not running....uhm, because this is a running blog, right?  Who wants to read a running blog sans the running?  I know I wouldn't.  

Miraculously I woke up this morning with no pain in my knee.  Amazing.  I wake up every morning and flex my knee, and test it out to scale the pain.  Today, I don't know what happened but it was like overnight my knee completely healed.  Well, that is until I took Goliath for a walk after work and at about mile one it started to get a tad achey.  We did a total of 1.5ish miles according to dailymile.

Our brief little jaunt was amazing.  It felt good to be out with the pup, and boy was he excited.  I got a little worried though that his leading me on leash during runs could be putting a lot of stress on my joints.  I am not going to think that way, I am going to be positive.  I think my POSITIVE attitude healed me knee over night.
Okay, so there's a difference between being positive and being delusional.
I made this amazing pasta dish tonight:  Shrimp and broccoli over whole wheat egg noodle and parmesan cheese.  ZzZomMgG!  Droolskis.

Here's how I made it: Steamed broccoli and shrimp together, prepared pasta, stirred together in a giant mixing bowl with lots of garlic, red pepper flakes, pepper and olive oil.  Tossed cheese on top.

Today's Food Not Pictured:  Greek yogurt, coffee, tortilla soup, rice, strawberry greek yogurt, fruit snacks

...and Today's Daily Picture:

Totally rockin' the sweats.
Are you currently training for anything?
Are you reading this?
How often do you wear sweat pants?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Dance, Dance, Dance

There are few things in this world that buffalo wings can't solve.

Thursdays are my busiest day, so sorry for the late posting!  I was pooped when I finally got home last night and passed right out.  

Well let's see, yesterday I kind of had this epiphany that I am OVERLY negative.  Not just lately with the injury, but I am naturally cynical, prone to impatience and negativity.  So much of my energy is wasted getting worked up over silly things that don't matter, and I really don't think that kind of mindset is conducive to healing, or conducting a healthy-happy life.

So adding to my never-ending list of things I am trying to work on is: Cultivating a positive attitude.  It sounds pretty hip and like something I should already be doing.

Here's my daily picture, and my first though is UGH Why am I so short, but now I will just say YAY I am so short, being tall must be so burdensome, ducking into door ways and finding long pants:

These are my favorite heels, and I my knee is stable enough to wear 'em

My food today was nothing short of extraordinary:

Buffalo wings and a margarita for dinner

Not Pictured: Cheese egg sandwich, coffee, turkey chili, wheat thins, apple sauce, Greek yogurt blueberry

I did a HARD hill interval work out on the bike today.  It got me sweating fast and it felt so good.  The muscles on the bike next to mine kept looking over at my console and I could see him eyeing my calories burned, and in my mind I could see him speeding up trying to get his burn near mine.  The resistance is key bro, resistance bro.

How do you stay positive?
Blue cheese or Ranch dressing?
Do you love or hate hills?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Days Go By

Without running, every day is the same.

Wake up. Eat. Work. Eat. Work Eat. Blog.Sleep. Repeat.

I suddenly remember what it's like to watch TV, and no I don't mean like on my iPad catch up, I mean like watch shows that aren't even entertaining but just are on...know what I mean?  I really need to face the music and get into the gym.

Today's PT was another round of STEM therapy cranked up to 50, which was a little much.  It hurt, but I guess it suppose to, and it hurts better than the knee.  Dr. Tony is really reassuring, my orthotics come in next week and I might get to run...maybe!  ARP!  I can tell he senses my urgency to get back out there, I am sure he thinks I think I should be better now. I KNOW it's gonna take time, this is an over use injury which took months of running and hundreds of miles.
Kinesio Tape is for serious athletes yo.

Today is Wednesday which means sushi night with the spouse.  Don't judge me American Heart Association says to eat two servings of fish a week....I happen to just get all my servings in one night!! Just kidding, this would be third day of fishy fish...that might be bad...I might grow gills.
We may have been a little over eager.
Be proud, I did not force myself to eat it all!

Food not pictured: Egg over whole grain toast, coffee, turkey chili, apple sauce, greek yogurt, and three gummy worms

It's also a day of the week, so that means Goliath threw his kong at me several times until I swabbed the inside with peanut butter.  He cracks me up.  He will literally throw that little black thing in the lower left corner at me until it is full of creamy Jiff.
I even made this video for you...

...and finally my daily picture, I had a pretty good hair day today! Win!

What kind of excuses do you use to not work out?
Do you have a date night with your significant other?
How did you wear your hair today?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

All On My Own

Work out tapes are kind of hilarious.

I bought a bunch of yoga DVDs to enhance my personal practice, and see if I could get fresher ideas to incorporate into my classes...but instead I got this:

What is this??  It's like an 80s step video with deep breathing.  The cover was totally deceptive.  I thought I was purchasing a hip and innovating yoga sculpt routine.  What I actually got was women in high waisted pants, taking deep breathes and and instructing me to do ballet moves.   Practice has definitely evolved.  I could barely get through 20 minutes of this non-sense.

My self-esteem is totally in the terlet without running.  I feel huge.  I feel sad.  I feel blah.  With that said, I am really trying hard to take time to make myself feel better.  Spending time getting ready and looking good is definitely helping.  I still feel like Shrek, but even a little lipstick on Shrek is an improvement.

While I can't run, I have decided to take a picture of myself every day to remind myself that: 
1) Darn it! I am kinda hott. 
2) I am more than my weight.
3) Running does not define who I am.
 I am really digging my new headband!

Focusing on my diet has been extremely easy since I have all the time in the world to do it.  I have my dinners planned and enough wherewithal to whip up breakfast and lunch in a healthy and quick manner.    
Breakfast Today was Italian scrambled eggs and whole grain toast....oh and of course, coffee.

Lunch, a genius left over idea. I tossed the rice and broccoli together, and stirred in a can of tuna.  Sounds weird and stinky but it was delicious.

All day though, I looked forward to dinner....see a pattern?  I had turkey chili simmering in my crock pot all day.  I made it EXTRA spicy.  It was oh-so-delicious and I am really excited about it for lunch.
Not Pictured: Peach Chobani, Pineapple, Shredded Coconut-chocolate thing I made up.

Now I leave you with adorable picture of Goliath:

Do you do any work out DVDs?
What effects your self-esteem?
What do you put in your chili?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Talk is Cheap

$90 a week is worth it, right?

To run again and soon?  It's worth it right?  I am struggling with this, because I am such a broke student.  While I know it could be worse since my insurance covers most of it, but errrgghhh....$90 a week!  

I am trying to trust that they wouldn't take advantage of me, and that $90/week is worth all the sanity in the world that running can provide me.  Especially since I finally found a team that is willing to work with me and WANT to get me back to running.  

For record, Spin is back on the table so hopefully this week I can get some solid work outs in.  I can hear the fat growing around my ass.  

For breakfast this morning, I had a fried egg and toast with yumyum coffee.

Lunch was a quick fix of things I rapidly grabbed from my fridge, turkey-lettuce-tazitki wraps.

I was really looking forward to dinner, braised salmon with cheesy rice and broccoli.  So satisfying. 
Food not pictured: Greek yogurt x 2, morning snack and evening snack, 2 lollipops, and a s'more

And now to end the night, a possessed picture of Goliath. Rawr.

How much would you be willing to pay to recover from an injury?
What is your least favorite form of exercise?
How do you plan your meals? Daily?Weekly? Monthly?