Kid in a Candy Shop

That’s how I felt yesterday! I got a call around lunch time that the Physiotherapist I’m scheduled to see on May 11th had two openings next week! When she gave me the date (May 4th), I jumped at it and was so excited……I was like a kid in a candy shop 🙂

Honestly, I’m excited because that’s one more week I don’t have to wait to start this new path of treatment on my hamstring.

Bad Hair Day!

Bad Hair Day!

I was hoping to run last night and managed 5k. I took it nice and slow and watched “The Mindy Project”. I stretched, foam rolled and then iced my hamstring just in case. After 20 minutes, I realised I had the ice pack on backwards (is that even possible – yes!). My bed was colder than my leg…whoops! So far my leg is good today, no pain but not feeling 100%. My calf muscle has been giving me some problems too…not to mention my glutes. My whole right side is pretty wonky right now!

It was an Asics, Balega, and Adidas kind of run.

It was an Asics, Balega, and Adidas kind of run.

My current workout plan is to run one day/ a few PT exercises and then the next day do more PT and strength training exercises. I’d love to try to fit in a trip to GoodLife Fitness in the city when my schedule permits, one of these days. I’d really love to tackle a body pump class but am going to wait for the a-o-kay from my new Physiotherapist before I can attempt that…..might be a few weeks or months away but that’s okay.

PS – It snowed yesterday….I’m not kidding! I was sitting in a meeting and the snow was just coming down. Luckily, it melted as soon as it hit the ground, thank goodness. It’s expected to snow again today, WTF!!!!

Ever get excited about an appointments that get’s bumped up?

What’s your favourite go-to work out right now? 

Anyone else getting random snow ?

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My First DNS

It’s official…I’ve had my first DID NOT START!

I was supposed to run the ATF 5k (Apple Tree Foundation) this morning with my running buddy and after seeing my Osteopath last week, she recommended no running outside for at least 2 weeks 😦 I think I’m more sad that I can’t do a race/run with my running buddy more than having a DNS. It’s been months since we ran together and I miss her company and motivation. The DNS, meh…it’s not what a runner wants but at least my registration goes towards a good fundraising event.

I did however manage a nice 5k run on the treadmill yesterday afternoon. My leg felt great during my run and afterwards was leg was great…or so I thought. We went out to pick up a few groceries and when we got home it was starting to get sore. So, I grabbed some ice and sat down for a little bit. I believe I left the ice on for 30 minutes (a little long) and then just used my ace-bandage to compress the muscles.

We bathed the girls and I was starting to feel like my leg was feeling a little better. I ice it again before going to bed and stayed off it for the night.

Last week’s workouts:

Monday: Nothing, still in pain.

Tuesday {Osteopath} / Wednesday / Thursday: Nothing – 100% rest days.

Friday: A few PT exercises. I was going to run but just wasn’t feeling 100% so it was a night with the fam-jam.

Saturday: 5k treadmill run, stretched and foam rolled {later that night}.  I wore my “Keep Calm & Run On” shirt as I thought I needed a little motivation since I knew Sunday morning’s 5k race wasn’t going to happen.

Pre run treadmill selfie

Pre run treadmill selfie

Sunday {today}: My first DNS 😦 No running today as I want to rest my leg but I’ll my PT exercises later today.

Have you ever had a DNS?

If you have a running buddy/group – do you dislike missing running with them when it happens?

How was your weekend?

Friday Happenings…..

It’s been a busy week and a full week without running! The last time that happened was probably in December when I decided to try and rest my hamstring injury. I can’t say it’s been easy to sit and watch others run or read about other’s amazing runs (especially those that ran Boston), but it has been inspiring.

It’s keeping me hanging on to the sport I enjoy so much and excited for what’s to come in the future for my running. And by future I mean over the next few months and later this year.

I’m three days post Osteopath appointment and am supposed to rest for 3-4 days. I’m super eager to jump on the treadmill tonight but am thinking I might even take tonight as non-running night. I feel like my body just needs the rest. Then tomorrow I’ll hit the pavement….treadmill and test out my leg. Just wanted to make sure you were paying attention since I can’t actually run on pavement right now 😉

Last Tuesday, I asked my Osteopath why I was having so many problems running outside verse the treadmill. Running on the treadmill is consistent and running outside you can be all over the place and we compensate for that. Apparently, when I compensate for the terrain my whole body was pulling to the right. This was causing pain afterwards in my hamstring/glutes.

I decided to break up with my last Physiotherapist and am booked in with one at our local University. Funny enough, he treated me {my back} when I was a student there many years ago. It’s not until May 11th, which to me is too far away but I’m holding out because I know I will get the results I want from him. He also comes highly recommended by my friend/coworker/ironwomen/runner; so I will wait.

I want a plan. I want a plan to get me better, stronger, healthier and running long distances again. My goal of running a FULL marathon is still on the table but it might just have to wait longer then I set out to do it. And, that’s life.

For now, I will enjoy what running I can do on the treadmill, my PT exercises and hanging with my girls and husband.

I had to work last night but it was a lot of fun. I was on the road and we stopped to get something to eat….a massive meal at Coco Pesto {my first time}:

1/4 beef patty with Applewood Smoked Pulled Pork and Bacon

1/4 beef patty with Applewood Smoked Pulled Pork and Bacon

Then got a text with this photo:

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So cute. I fell more in love with my husband when I saw he bought them each a pink rose. Later, I found out that he bought me a red rose 😉

Instead of running tonight, I’m going to hang out with my girls and Sai….just a fun family night heading into the adventures of our weekend.

What are your weekend plans?

Ever switch health care providers? (Massage, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor’s, Doctor’s etc.) 

Do you use recommendations of others or go your own route?

Treadmill Fixed….Happy Girl.

After almost of week of looking broken {really, my treadmill just needed to be adjusted so the belt wouldn’t keep buckling} I finally managed to fix THE BEAST. I put off using the treadmill because I was in a fair amount of pain on the weekend and running was out of the question. Then after my Osteopath appointment on Tuesday, I had to take a few days to rest as your body resets itself (at least that’s how I understand it).

"LUBE BELT" incident {again}

~Treadmill out of order since last Thursday~

Good lord, they should really teach small mechanics to everyone (plus plumping, car repair and hair design) – Yes, I truly believe we should all learn that…OH, and how to change a tire. Anyway……..

I ended up taking the tail end of the treadmill apart to see why I couldn’t get the belt to tighten up and not buckle. There were a few loose screws so I took it even more apart then I normally would. Trial by error, right? The buckling that was happening on the right side of the belt would lead to it breaking and that’s just not something I wanted to do since I am only allowed to run indoors. I could run outside but it’s not advise since it causes me so much pain currently.

To say my treadmill is my life line is pretty correct. With my husband away (previously 2-4 weeks at a time) for 5 days at a time currently, I can only run during the evenings once the chores are done, once the girls go to bed….screw the chores 😉 I can’t run outside with my injury at the moment so “runches” are off the table for the time being. Running is a way to relieve stress and to take care of myself.

Ummm, what's this piece for again?

Ummm, what’s this piece for again?

After learning about all the small parts to our treadmill, I finally managed to tightened everything back up after adjusting the belt. Since I couldn’t run on it last night(1 more day), I walked on it for a short period of time to make sure it was good to go.

THE BEAST is all fixed so I can run tomorrow night! Kinda excited about it but don’t worry, I’ll take it easy. Keep an eye on my Instagram for my run 🙂

Have you ever taken a treadmill apart?

What’s one thing you’ve learned to fix on your own? 

Anyone running this weekend? I’m a DNS for the ATF 5k 😦

When a Mother Runner is Injured & Sick

Double whammy!

Injured hamstring and stomach bug…not fun times these last few days but life goes on! When you happen to be a mother who runs and is injured and get the stomach bug….very little running happens.

So, what DOES a (this) Mother Runner do when injured and sick:

  • You do what you can get to your kids to day care/school in the morning – sometimes it’s not pretty.
  • Once you get back home, you sleep. Alone. No disruptions. Woah!
  • You try to eat bland food (Banana’s, Rice, Apple Sauce, Toast – works for adults too) but can’t stomach much.
  • You watch TV or the Boston Marathon since it happened to be on the day you stayed home from work (a.k.a. sickest day of the year).
  • While checking in on some runners, you think “I could totally run today, it’s sunny and beautiful outside”.
  • Then you plan a walk because the thought of running injured AND sick isn’t awesome.
  • You think you can walk 2k and even pull out your trusty buddy: Green Garmin

green garmin

  • Then your head starts to pound and you put your Garmin away and pop some Ibuprofen.
  • You re-evaluate your 2k walk to “I’ll just walk around the corner and get the mail”.
  • You lace up your OLD sneakers because why would you put on your new ones for “just a walk”.
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I SEE GRASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

  • Oh, fresh air is lovely and the sun is warm….you are probably getting some new freckles as you walk into the sun. Sunscreen…dammit, I forgot to put it on.
  • After you get the mail you decided to walk around the block, I mean…you’ve already made it outside AND got the mail you might as well get a few steps towards your daily 10,000 goal because Fitbit Flex is going to know you’ve been a lazy lizard today.
  • Then your head starts pounding and you pick up your walking pace because you just want to get home.
  • You may or may not read your husbands Canadian Running Magazine that arrived in the mail.

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  • You think about the rest of your day: picking up your kids, dinner, bath…it’s it bed time yet? When is Sai home again?
  • You dream about healthy days, somehow get the girls fed, bathed and in bed.
  • You go to bed.
  • 15 minutes after going to bed you realize you have KT tape in your running supplies…so you jump online to search “KT Tape hamstring” and attempt to tape your hamstring by night-light. WTF?
  • It doesn’t work so you just go to bed.

The current life of this mother runner 😉

PS – I went to the Osteopath yesterday and now HURT ALL OVER! Seriously, I hurt everywhere and she warned me I would feel like this. But it’s all good.

Good news: I can run after Friday. Bad news: I can’t run outside for 2 weeks. So Sunday’s ATF 5k is out and I’m okay with that because I can STILL run on my treadmill and focus on getting stronger.

Also good news: I think I got my appetite back 🙂

And last but not least – Thanks for all your positive comments on my long lasting hamstring injury. I appreciate your comments and ideas to get me better 🙂

Do you try to run when you are home sick?

Did you watch Boston? 

Do you keep your old sneakers for walking/house stuff?

 

Sad Drum Roll………still freaking injured!

I feel like I am a sounding like a broken record. I’ve been injured for FOUR months – this is by far, the L-O-N-G-E-S-T I have ever had an injury – EVER!

It’s beyond frustrating and I am at a complete lost for what to do……..other then go back to see my family Doctor in three weeks (that’s the earliest I could get in) and see what I should do next. For now, I see the Osteopath tomorrow – thank goodness and I might be stuck running on my treadmill for life.

Last week’s workouts:

Note: PT exercises, foam rolling and stretching are a constant. I plank a few days a week. 

Sunday: 5k easy treadmill run – it was great.

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Treadmill run 🙂

 

Monday: Woke up with a bruised feeling on my hamstring only later that night to find the actual bruise. I had no pain other then the bruise feeling.

Tuesday: 6k treadmill run – really good run.

Wednesday: Nothing

Thursday: 8 minute warm up walk before resetting my treadmill then “LUBE BELT” appeared. The friggin’ thing won’t work until you lube it up…so I did. And if you remember the last time I touched the belt….well, I couldn’t get it fixed. Needless to say my treadmill is still looking like this………

"LUBE BELT" incident {again}

“LUBE BELT” incident {again}

Friday: 5k run outside…it was lovely…just awesome. I even managed my first sub 30 – 5k {29:18} for the year! The run was great, my legs felt good (hamstring fine), my lungs were challenged with the cool air, the three long hills kicked by butt however I managed to run up them and not walk.

An awesome 5k run at night.

An awesome 5k run at night.

It was like OLD time running. Hard but good. I loved the fresh air and just being outside.

Saturday/Sunday – NOTHING because I was in a lot of pain with my hamstring. I’m almost ready to give up BUT……..I have another Osteopath appointment on Tuesday. PLUS, I am seeing results since my last Osteopath appointment. I no longer have pain when sitting in a chair. I only noticed this last week after 2 hours of sitting. I looked at the time and realized that I should get up and move around, THEN noticed that I had no pain – so that’s a BIG WIN for now.

I’m home sick today – stomach bug that I’m hoping the girls don’t get. It would have been a perfect day to go for a run but after a 2 hour morning nap I’m thinking I might just go for a short walk. Just enough to get some sunshine on my face and fresh air into my lungs. Then catch up on Boston!

I guess for my running, I’m thinking no running or at least no running over 3-4k outside on hills is out of the question for me for a while. I may just have my first DNS on the weekend and I can’t even begin to think about running the Bluenose 10k that I registered for in May.

How was your weekend?

Are you watching BOSTON today? (so exciting)

A little shout out to Heather at Girl Goes Running. Good luck girl! 

What’s the longest time you’ve been injured?

Meb for Mortals {Book Review}

When you are an injured runner you tend to find other things to do. One of those things for me over the last few months is reading. I’m not a BIG reader, in fact you could say I am a non-reader unless it’s something I am really passionate about or find easy to read.

I’ve been lucky to have not only one opportunity but two; Thank you Runner’s World.

Meb For Mortals. How to Run, Think, and Eat like a Champion Marathoner By Meb Keflezighi – {You know, the 2014 BOSTON MARATHON WINNER!!!} with Scott Douglas.

I was kinda nervous to even turn the pages in this book. I’m not an elite athlete. I’m just your average every day female with a vegan husband and am a Mom to two little girls that likes to run….and set some goals for herself. I thought this book might be more for the experienced runner, the faster runners, the ones that run FULL marathons all the time, ya know.

It’s not, it’s for everyone.

Meb for Mortals PR

There are nine chapters:

  1. Think like Meb: How to set goals and achieve them but also what do to when you don’t.
  2. Run like Meb: Focusing on good running form. I learned a lot in this section. I’ve never been truly coached as a runner {many other sports such as soccer, volleyball, badminton but never running}. I felt like this section will help me think about my form when I am running and what I should be doing which is great.
    • What’s interesting about this section is that it brought me back to my days of competitive soccer. Almost all the running drills Meb demonstrates in this section I did during soccer warm ups/cool downs. I was 14 when I learned about Fartleks and Caricoa (moving laterally at a skipping pace} though I never learned the technical name for the last one until reading this book. It all clicked for me…during my soccer training, I was learning physical literacy skills focused on running. Those skills are key for soccer. So, thanks Meb for clarifying that for me…honestly, a light-bulb moment.
  3. Train like Meb: “Be a student of the sport”. Learning from others will help your own gain in running.
    • Meb talks about the importance of “long runs”, interval workouts, recovery runs, FARTLEKS, hill workout and altitude training. I’m not sure if I could pull off any great altitude training other then running on top of the south/north mountain where I live but something to think about!
    • He also shares some training examples and shares his own.
  4. Race like Meb: How do be your best mentally and physically on race day!
    • Good sleep the week before is more important then the night before the race. This happened to me last year and I ran a PB! I remember a good runner/triathlon friend telling me that and I’ve never forgotten that advice. So since Meb does it…I’m going to continue this habit.
    • He also give some good tips on sunglasses but I’m going to leave that one out so you can read it yourself 😉
  5. Eat like Meb: I’m kinda already like Meb here 🙂 I don’t eat fast food very often and rarely drink alcohol and have a massive sweet tooth just like him! Who would have known! He talks about weight control in this section as well.
  6. Strengthen like Meb: This section was a big learning for me. Really, why should I {a runner} strength train? What am I going to get out of it? Well, I do know that it will help with preventing injury….since I’m injured but on the mend finally.
    • He provides images of strength training exercise you can do with your own body weight, exercise balls (I might steal some for work) and a small ball (bosu type ball).
  7. Stretch like Meb: Meb talks about why we should stretch. There are many days last fall post half marathon that I did not stretch after an easy 5-8k run – this big mistake lead me to my injury. Not only does he think stretching is important but yoga and pilates as well.
    • In this chapter he provides images / demonstrations of numerous flexibility stretches.
  8. Cross-Train like Meb: Did you know Meb has an Elliptigo for cross-training? I didn’t even know what this was until last fall when I met a store owner who road one to work. He talks about why to cross train when healthy and injured (thank you) and the best forms of cross-training if health or injured.
  9. Recover like Meb: If you didn’t understand why you need recovery days, rest days before; this is your chapter to learn! Not only that, Meb provides some tips on speeding the recovery process which I know a lot of runners do…myself included.

That’s a lot of Meb 😉 

I felt comfortable with the content of the book once I started reading. I learned a lot and know that this is going to be another must-have/go-to book for me and my running. There is a lot of information to learn and I’m already planning on taking my highlighter to it in a few days.

A few key points for me:

  • Setting goals: “They should be things you want to achieve yourself, not to meet someone else’s expectations”.
  • “Training and desire are what ultimately get you to the finish line”.
  • I liked that he gives short little tips to try if you are pressed for time (5 minute warm up, 5 minute strengthening workout).
  • Even elite athletes can race after a significant injury.
  • I need to work on my running form!

I feel like there are a lot of runners (friends, acquaintances, bloggers) that I know/have met who would really benefit from this book to take them to the next level with their running. Now, I’m not saying that these people don’t know what they are doing…they are way ahead of me (or so I think) and the advice Meb provides in his book, I think would help them.

For more information on MEB:

You can buy the book here:  http://bit.ly/MebFM15PR

Meb on Facebook

Meb on Twitter 

Meb on Instagram

Co-author Scott Douglas on Twitter

Please note: I was provided “Meb for Mortals” by Runners’ World to share a review on my blog; All opinions are my own 🙂

Do you want to run like Meb?

Are you going to watch Boston this weekend?

Can you relate your current running back to your childhood sports/learnings?