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?

 

Night Time Running

Slowly but shortly I’m getting back to the running I want to be doing. My husband got home yesterday which meant I am not on my own with the girls…..yeah! He’s going to be home every 4 days (essentially) since he now has a term position and regular schedule! No more 2-4 weeks on my own 🙂

Anyway….

Usually I run after the girls go to bed, which means starting my runs around 8 pm at night. After working all day, night-time stuff with the girls, dishes and sometimes checking emails/blog stuff, I go run. The real kicker is that Lilly falls asleep before she hits the pillow 99% of the time. Hilary is a different story. She likes to sing and play for a while which means I can’t go to run on the treadmill until she falls asleep. Some nights it’s after 8:15 when I jump on the treadmill.

Last night I really wanted to run. Mainly because I have an Osteopath appointment Thursday and know I have to take a few days rest afterwards. I figured if I could get a few runs in during the beginning of the week, that would be good.

Hilary decided last night would be a singing party in her bed. My husband said to me “when are you going to run, you should go now”. I had a little hesitation because Hilary wasn’t asleep yet then realized that I didn’t need to hang around because my husband was home! It felt so weird and great at the same time.

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3k Treadmill Run 

I jumped on the treadmill at 7:30, the earliest I’ve started my runs in forever. After running 3k, I jumped off and layered up as it’s still pretty frigging cold in Nova Scotia. I waited for my Green Garmin to catch the satellite and off I went.

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Yes, that is SNOW – FRESH SNOW!

 

First km: 5:36 Second km: 5:53 Third km: 5:44   {You know it’s hard putting a Garmin over a long-sleeved sweater AND jacket…I barely together}

I managed 3k outside just before the sun was gone. My lungs need to get used to the weather…or maybe it’s just the tail end of this cold. When I got back from my run, Saï asked how my run went and I replied with “awesome”.

So far my hamstring feels good. Not awesome but not terrible either. I’m hoping to run tonight and then see what the Osteopath can do for my injury tomorrow!

Oh – and the girls have slept 2 nights in a row…they are feeling a lot better! All we need now is some WARMER spring like temperatures to melt ALL the snow.

Ever run some of your mileage inside then finish the rest outside?

Are you having a hard time adjusting to the weather outside this spring?

For those with kids: Do your kids go to bed right away?

 

Running Favourites

I’ve been tagged by the lovely Irish Runner Chic to share some of my “Running Favourites”. So…here ya go…a little more about Piper!

1) Location: Trail, Road, or Indoors?

My first choice would be outside on the road. I love me some fresh air and new freckles on my face 🙂 Sadly, due to crazy winter conditions and my stupid hamstring injury, I am running indoors on my BEAST of a treadmill that I do love.

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Me and THE BEAST

 

2) Time of Day: Morning, Noon, or Evening?

I run at night after our girls go to bed but if I had a choice I would probably run outside in the morning. Nothing like getting it done first thing in the morning and feeling great for the rest of the day! I also RUNCH = run at lunch time when my work schedule permits.

3) Weather: Sunshine, Mild or Hot?

I’m going to say mild. Running in the heat zaps the life out of me. I do love the sunshine but enjoy the mild heat when I run.

This was a hot run last summer mid afternoon – not recommended (but the run was awesome!).

Last 14k for August (long run)

HOT SUMMER RUN 2014:  14k  

4) Fuel: Before, After, and sometimes during?

I would say I’m more of an “after” run fuel-er. Is fuel-er even a word? I’m a fan of Vega hydrator or straight up chocolate milk. I don’t usually fuel before a run, unless it’s water to keep hydrated.

I’ll take a GU when I’m on my longer runs – anything over 10k. It’s been months since I’ve had a GU (like last October during my half!). Hoping to change that this spring!

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5) Accessories: Music, Watch & More?

No music for me when I run outside. If I’m on the treadmill, I always watch a show. I love wearing my Garmin on runs. I like seeing my stats (pace, longest run, PB’s etc.).

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6) Rewards: Food, Wine, or …?

Hell yah! I’m not much of a drinker anymore but I do love my food! When I run more, I am rungry more! Umm…I love chocolate…so I may or may not eat that a fair amount.

7) Type of run: Long, tempo, intervals, hill repeats, progression, or recovery/easy?

I sure enjoy my long runs (and miss them lately). I’m not very good at tempo runs. I enjoy intervals or Fartleks. Hill Repeats are something I dread but will enjoy once completed. I’m okay with progression runs but they are not my strength. I enjoy recovery/easy runs but sometimes find them hard to do because I just want to run fast.

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I’m hoping the 7 other bloggers I tag will join in the fun! If you haven’t heard of their blog before…check ’em out!

PS – They are Canadian…actually, they are all from Atlantic Canada. You know the part still covered in snow 😉

I tag:

Tracey – For The Love of Family

Molly – A Fresh Start for Molly 

Paul – Bagtown Blogtrotter

Heather – Girl Goes Running

Charlotte – Charflew23

Nicola – No Time Like The Present

Courtney – Runner Girl Fitness 

Do you reward yourself with food or wine post run?

Do you listen to music during your run?

What’s your favourite time of day to run?

I Finally Pulled It All Together and Had A Great Run

It was about time! I was starting to get worried after hitting my snooze button too many times and forgetting my sports bra that I wouldn’t be able to pull it all together. I took a rest day Saturday and boy did my legs need it!

Don’t forget about my AMRAP Bar Giveaway – 3 lucky winners 🙂

Sunday morning I woke up really early and was out running by 7 am. It was Sunday Runday for me 🙂 17k awaited me and the plan was to run towards work and back (It’s just around 10 one way).

I woke up at 6:15 am, checked Facebook/IG etc., got dressed, ate breakfast and went outside to fire up my Green Garmin {yes, in that order}. It was also the first day I was wearing my Nathan “Trail Mix” Hydration Pack….after all, I was running 17k.

I laced up my sneeks and shook out my hands (for some odd reason) and off I went. Slow, real slow. Just enough to get my legs moving and feel like I was running. I still can’t believe I got up that early to do my long run. The sun was just starting to rise and there was barely any cars on the road. I ran along the sidewalk for most of the run.

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I took my first GU (Tri-Berry) at 42 minutes in with a little Vega electrolyte drink and kept running. At the half way point I decided to stretch out my legs and then got back at it. The sun was beautiful and the temperature was starting to increase. I had to take a photo as it was really quite beautiful but I kinda just look angry (that’s just me looking into the sun).

Around 12 km my legs were getting tired but my mind wasn’t so that was good! As I ran by a Paramedic base, I took my next GU (chocolate) at around 13k with water and for some reason had a hard time getting this one down, even though it was one of my favourites.

I increased my speed when I could and paced myself on the long inclines and hills as needed. My legs started to come around and I was feeling really good. I really wanted to run 18k even though my training plan only called for 17k.

As I got close to home I managed to finished of the last km really strong and faster than any other kilometer.

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Sunday Runday 19k done

I couldn’t have asked for a better run; perfect temperature, the new hydration pack was awesome and my pace was exactly where I wanted it to be overall.

When I got back home the girls and Sai were hanging out. Hilary came running up to me so I quickly picked her up. Then after realising I was completely sweaty, she gave me the ugliest face ever and I put her down. “Mommy swea-ty”. Yes, dear, Mommy was sweaty. We then did some yoga and stretches together – so cute watching them do pigeon pose.

Anyone run or race this weekend?

Hydration pack on long runs or not?

What’s the earliest you’ve started your morning run?