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

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  • 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?

Hamstring Update: Pain Free (so far) & Potty Training

Yup, that pretty much sums up my life the last few days.

As you know, I saw my Osteopath last Thursday and had to take a few days off running but was able to get back to it Sunday night! The plan was to run 3-4 k but I ended up running an easy 5 k 🙂 It felt so comfortable. I had no pain during my run or after which has been normal the last 4-6 weeks. The majority of my pain is when I sit to long at work/in the car.

Yesterday, I managed to get through my work day without any pulling on my hamstring but felt like someone had punched my hamstring/IT band area. It felt completely bruised and hurt to touch but wasn’t painful, if that can make any sense. However, in the morning there was no bruise to be found.

After having a conversation with my co-worker, we figured the Osteopath treatment I had must have released something and cause the bruised like feeling since I ran. Therefore all the muscles were able to relax and not pull causing me pain. Bonus! When you work out, you rip the fibers in your muscles and then they need time to heal and grow stronger. So, we figured it was my muscles reacting to healing and not all the painful pulling I’ve been experiencing over the last 4 months. The muscle is rebuilding…I guess…I’m not an expert in that field but am sure going to ask my Osteo person why I had the bruise feeling when I see her next week.

I took last night off running since I felt like my leg needed a rest and thought I should just take a look at my leg to see if there was anything there. Sure enough my leg WAS still there ;)…. and bruised! It came out of no where and is bigger today. Initially when I pulled my hamstring back in December playing soccer, I had zero bruising and my Doctor, Physiotherapist and Massage Therapist were all surprised that I didn’t have any. Well….now I have it. So far I have no pain in my hamstring – no pulling at all! My leg feels really good…like my whole leg/glutes etc. and I’m not sure how long it’s been since I felt this way. Probably since last December.

I have a 5k in 2 weeks that I’m excited to get ready for. And in other exciting news….Hilary is potty training! So far it’s a love hate relationship and is a little harder than with Lilly. We are taking a slightly different approach only because we now have two kids to manage….we foam roll in between running laps and attempting the potty.

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Hilary running laps, Lilly foam rolling.

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Foam rolling 🙂

This might be TMI but, when Hilary was a baby, she would poop in the tub! Oh man, one night she did it four times which meant I had to change the water that many times. Can you see where this is going? Well, last night she was sitting on the potty and went poop! Lilly and I got all excited, cleaned her up and put her in the tub. Then she peed. Dang! I changed the water and put them back in. Then she pooped again in the bath. Dang #2…I had to change the water and clean everything up again.

Slowly but surely we are getting there and I’m hoping this weekend we can spend the whole time being successful on the potty and some good running. Parenting adventures are never dull 🙂

Ever feel bruised after working out? 

Parents: Funniest potty training moments?