Injured Runner Life {Lately}

I’m not going to sugar coat this, being injured sucks. I’ve been trying really hard not to focus on what I’m missing out on but sometimes that can be hard.

Having said that, pre injury I hadn’t signed up for any races (minus pacing Bluenose 10k). With lots of races starting here this weekend, I’ve got some serious FOMO. Even seeing someone run while I’m driving makes me sad I’m not running.

Now having said all that, I’m doing really well with this recovery. I’m progressing way faster then I expected and seeing really good results because I’m working hard at what my physiotherapists has given me to do.

I’m getting tired of the doing the same exercises three times a day but they are making me stronger. Basically, I heat up my calf muscle, do band exercises, then various double calf raises followed by 20 minutes on my bike (once a day) which is on a trainer in my basement. After that I do my balance exercises to strengthen my ankle (to support my calf muscle).

I was told I had a Grade 2 Sprain in my calf muscle which was extremely painful for about 2 weeks. It’s been 3 and a half weeks since I got injured and I’m now able to drive. Not driving sucked more then not running.

I can now walk up and down stairs without pain, something I wasn’t sure would happen for a few more weeks. So that’s really great too. I’m thankful that I can get on my bike but eager to start running again. Running will have to wait until my PT gives me the a-okay.

So, that’s where I am at. It’s also Mother’s Day today and I’ve been spoiled with home made cards and gifts, swim lessons (not me) and a big breakfast. I’m looking forward to some time with my family today and maybe a little run…..just kidding, but a ride on my bike later today.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Tell me how your running is going!

Anyone else having FOMO?

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POP, Goes The…..

Calf Muscle.

I’m just going to jump right into this one (not literally though)…I’m injured. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on the injured list and boy am I thankful for all those uninjured months. Sometimes it takes an injury to really appreciate what your body will allow you to do. I’ll back it up a bit and share what happened.

I was playing soccer a week ago (yeah, another soccer injury) and we were about 45 minutes into the game and I stepped with my left leg and felt and heard a POP in my left calf with instant pain. I hobbled off the field and everyone thought I got a charlie-horse. You know, those painful cramps in your calf muscle that EVERYONE dreads. And they are even worse when pregnant (talking from experience years back…not pregnant now). No, it wasn’t a charlie-horse. So, I sat on the bench the furthest away from my team’s bench because I couldn’t even walk. Eventually, I got some ice on it and was chauffeured off to the hospital by a team mate (and her family). So thankful for nice people out there.

I arrived at the hospital after 11 pm as it was a 10 pm soccer game and waited for hours. It wasn’t life threatening, so you gotta wait your turn, right. Eventually I saw the ER doctor who said I tore my left calf muscle. I can’t say I was a happy camper at that time but that was my new reality. The worst part – I couldn’t drive my car which is a standard for 4 weeks. And yeah, no running/soccer/yoga for 6-8 while it recovers with physio.

Note – this was Thursday night of Easter weekend…..so nothing is open. Certainly, not my physio guy. I took a cab home because I couldn’t drive my car and my husband was home with our girls….sleeping. No need to wake kids up at 4 am to go pick Mom up at the hospital. I crawled into bed, waking my husband and told him that we’d have to put off our planned weekend run together for a while.

Since I couldn’t drive, my husband has had to run around for me: picking up my car, crutches, groceries (which isn’t unusual) etc. Friday and Saturday were a bit of a right off and I became one with my crutches. Sunday rolled around and we had Easter dinner with my family in the city which was great.

It’s been a challenging few days as I can’t drive myself to work or for work meetings. Nor, can I get the girls from the sitters or to their soccer practices etc. I kinda feel helpless in the family department. And, 3 out of 4 of us are sick with a head cold in our house. We all just kinda feel like shit.

Enter good news: I got into physio Tuesday morning and my amazing neighbour drove me there and I cabbed it back. After a second physio session on Thursday (a friend drove me there AND back!), my physiotherapist determined I have a grade 2 sprain which is WAY better then a torn muscle. Agreed! I’m walking with the aid of crutches now and can ditch them by Monday! As for driving my car….it might be a while off.

I know all you runners are thinking…..it’s time to give up playing soccer as you get too injured playing it. I’ve actually had a few people tell me that to my face. (Which is really frustrating). Sure, I can get injured playing soccer, running or heck – cycling on the road or walking down the trail – but I’m not about to give them up because I get injured everyone once in a while.

So no….I don’t regret playing the sport I love the most. I am disappointed that this injury has other plans for me right now. And, that it won’t allow me to be a pace bunny at Bluenose this year (I was the 1:20 -10k bunny). This injury has definitely given me a greater appreciation for when I’m healthy and strong to not be lazy and waste my time doing nothing.

Life’s too short to not enjoy playing soccer, running in a race, hiking a trail or trying to break my fear of riding next to cars on the main road in town.

Has anyone ever told you to stop playing the sport you love the most?

Anyone else on the injured list right now?

What’s your favourite non-weight bearing workout to do at home?

On The Move Again

So I can get moving again, as in running! Well, light jogging but I’ll take that over doing nothing.

This past Monday, I got into see my go-to physiotherapist.  After a very thorough assessment of my back, he eliminated my SI joint which I was really surprised. Apparently, I’ve got some issues going on with a disc in my back and potentially my hip bone.

At the beginning of my appointment I could barely bend to the left side and by the end of the appointment, I could bend down/over and touch the outside of my left knee with ZERO pain. It was amazing!

My main focus right now is to do extensions three times a head and try to sit less. Sitting less can be hard when you have a desk job or are in meetings all day. I often drive 1-2 hours for meetings, only to sit again and then drive back home. It’s sure taking a toll on my body. That’s one of the reasons I love running as I can get in a quick run (or walk) when I’m having to sit for most of the day.

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I’ve also been approved to go for a light run outside….WOOHOOOOOOOOO! I was wanting to go the last few tights but we had to attend Brownie enrollment, celebrated husband’s birthday and then a Christmas party last night. I settled with a lunch time walk on Monday and just waiting for a time to lace up those sneakers again!

I’m happy to finally have some answers to the pain I’ve been having for months (and re-injured two weeks ago). Time to do my exercises, get stronger and back to running and eventually soccer and yoga too.

How’s your week going?

Have you had any Christmas or holiday parties yet?

 

November Mileage & December Goals

Another one bites the dust! Dun…dun….dun…

Life can sure throw you curve balls when you least expect it. I’ve blogged far less then ever before this month as life is just too busy to sit and write. Also, when you have a running blog and aren’t running or doing anything fitness related it’s kinda hard to write. Yes, I haven’t been running but only due to a new injury…or is it old? I dunno anymore. Curve balls aside, I’m trying to keep moving forward.

Mileage for November

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Down & Out. 

So for the last two weeks I’ve been injured. I was finally starting to feel really good with my back from my car accident in March and then hurt my lower back standing up. Something popped, I couldn’t stand straight for 4 days and it was horrible. Since I could barely stand, there was no running, no soccer, no yoga classes or anything else. This week (week 2 of being injured) I saw some slight improvements but still in pain and no running, soccer or yoga. I’m heading back to physio on Monday and can’t wait to get this sorted out. My Dr. believes it could be my SI Joint / piriformis muscle as that’s the area the hurts.

Running for me isn’t just about the next race or looking good in neon spandex (kidding). It’s about feeling good, feeling healthy, for my mental health, dealing with stress, a decompression in my busy day, among other things. So, the last two weeks of not running and being in a large amount of pain has been rough. However, I see the light at the end of the tunnel and have a physio appointment booked for Monday. Stay tuned for an update next week.

I have been walking A LOT lately. Walking is my thing (now).

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November Goals:

I did not meet all my November goals and had high hopes I would. But you never know when something will happen to change your plans. You just have to deal with it as best you can and keep moving forward.

  • Run 2-3 times a week – NOPE
  • Design a half marathon training plan for Hypo Half (Jan 14th 2018). NOPE.
  • Strength Training (Core workouts, IronStrength and old PT exercises). Started this but had to stop.
  • Run outside as much as possible – NOPE.
  • Dust off treadmill – YES!
  • Start thinking about races for 2018 – YES, I have a few on my list and maybe a few surprises (provided I can sort out my ass…oh I mean glute/SI joint area.
  • Renew Blog – Done for another year!

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December Goals:

  • Get into Physio and identify injury/recovery plan.
  • Be active.
  • Set up my bike trainer.
  • Celebrate two special people getting older (youngest daughter and my husband).
  • Decorate for Christmas *after birthdays*.
  • Volunteer at my children’s school.
  • Continue to blog weekly (including end of year posts).
  • Bake cookies (vegan ones too) with my girls.
  • Start to think about 2018 goals.

Though I’m frustrated and disappointed that I am injured and November did NOT go how I wanted it to, it was still a lovely month. I celebrated 10 years of marriage, got to watch my daughters play basketball, walked my dog every day, enjoyed a warm & cozy wood stove fire while we watch Christmas movies and I also tried aqua running! Minus the injury and pain, it was a good month!

How was your month of November?

Are you setting any December goals? 

What’s one thing you want to do this month?

 

Little Ankle Rollin’

Hello Wednesday!

I feels like this has been the longest week and it’s only Wednesday! I started off the week on a bad note. I some how managed to roll my right ankle while walking my dog – no joke! We had spent the day pretty active – a leisurely bike ride with the girls, an afternoon walk with Carmacks and yeah, even the boring stuff of doing laundry and dishes.

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Hilary and I went for an awesome walk with Carmacks on the Harvest Moon Trail (old rail bed to trail). Hilary ran more then walked and would run back to me when she got too far down the trail. At one point I told her to run to the closest gate and wait for me (I could see her and she could hear me). There was a runner coming in the other direction. As she ran towards the man, she raised her hand to wave hello and kept running. He waved back and responded with a surprised hello!

As he approached me, he said “you have a good runner on your hands”….we sure do, I replied! I was a proud mama runner.

As we approached our car to drive back home, I rolled my ankle on nothing. I could still walk but it wasn’t great. Ice became my friend and I missed yet another planned run that evening. I decided to brace my ankle and do an Iron Strength workout which kicked my butt. My body hurt until Tuesday night…sitting down hurt, walking up stairs hurt and maybe even laughing hurt too.

My ankle felt better this morning so I took Carmacks out for a quick 3k run to start off the day. No pain in the ankle so it’s healing well. Man, is it ever hard to get up at 6am, bundle up and get out the door for a run. I seriously had to talk myself into that run. I kinda want to go back to summer mornings and yes the heat too, just so I feel more motivated to run.

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This weeks workouts so far:

  • Sunday: Cycle, walk and Iron Strength
  • Monday: Restorative Yoga.
  • Tuesday: Rest Day (aka – travel to the city for a full day of sitting, oh I mean meetings).
  • Wednesday: 3k run with Carmacks to start the day.

Tomorrow, it’s back to playing soccer as the indoor season has starts. I’m looking forward to playing again.

Also Wednesday started off with some sad news as Gord Downie passed away (Not to mention John Dunsworth and Tom Petty last week). My oh my, what a man, what a musician, what an advocate! His songs hit your in your heart. His poetry brought you home and his advocacy leaves you with wanting to do more in life – to be a better person. If you don’t know who he is, please take a minute to look him up and listen to his music as the Tragically Hip are one of the most amazing Canadian bands.

Some favourites songs: Bobcaygeon, Wheat Kings, Ahead by a Century, Courage, Long Time Running, Fiddler’s Green…just to name a few, RIP Gord.

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How’s your week going?

Ever roll/tweak your ankle walking?

Anyone else struggling with their morning runs?

 

Peddling Away Weekly Wrap Up

Happy April!!!!!!!

I can’t believe that it’s April all ready. I’m ready for spring – warmer weather, sunshine, snow melting hopefully 🙂 Though I was sideline from the car accident (3/23) I was still able to walk and do a little cycling last week.

Monday: Rest, was still in pain with my neck/back.

Tuesday: Rest. We had a snow day so I worked from home, wasn’t wanting to be on the roads after sliding off the roads the week before.

Wednesday: Physiotherapy appointment. This went well, I have minor whiplash and was told it will take 4-6 weeks to feel better. I could walk, cycle and do yoga – though all scaled down from my normal intensity. That evening I jumped on my bike trainer for 10 minutes and managed 3k.

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Thursday: Massage & 7k / 20 minutes on the bike trainer. The massage was amazing and helped my back out a lot.

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Friday: 5k / 15 minutes on the bike trainer. I was off work for the day and took a quick 15 minutes to get in a little ride.

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Saturday: Rest Day (busy traveling for work and with our girls). I did get to see my niece, Ava. And no, my legs are that pale, I had pantyhose on as I was at an awards brunch prior.

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Sunday: Rest Day. Though I really wanted to jump on my treadmill and run for 5 minutes, I didn’t. I was given permission to run 5 minutes but just couldn’t find time. It was a busy day of 5 loads of laundry, swim lessons for the girls and trying to do some cleaning around the house.

Not a horrible week but happy to have it behind me. I’m eager to start running and hopeful that I’ll get back to that this week. Fingers crossed!

How was your week/weekend?

Are you ready for spring?

Anyone else glued to #BM100 online? Nail biter! 

Today, I’m joining the Weekly Wrap hosted by HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin.

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Back to Running

I’ve been cleared to run again and play soccer….wooooohooooo!!!!!!!!!

This past Wednesday I had my much anticipated physiotherapy appointment and it was great. I injured my ankle Aug 14th playing soccer but it was the oddest injury to date. Very little swelling with lots of pain. I rested, I swam, I did yoga, I even cycled a bit. Then I broke down a snuck in a run AND then a double race at Maritime Race Weekend.

After my hour and a half assessment, it was figured that I probably had a first degree strain but most of the injury was joint not ligament, hence the limited swelling I had. He was happy with where I was at and asked me to stay a little longer to go over some exercises. My stability is horrible so most of the exercises focus on that, plus will assist with my running.

Back to Running Favourites:

  1. Easy running outside in the fresh cool air. Glorious!
  2. Running is time to myself. This may sound greedy or selfish but I know that when I’m running consistently, I’m a better Mom and wife.
  3. The sound of my Garmin beeping, I think it’s happy I’m back to running too.
  4. Permanent smile on my face during last nights run. I even had people wave at me and I don’t know who they were.
  5. The struggle. When you are almost done your run and your lungs are giving up before your legs but you just keep pushing forward anyway.
  6. Accomplishment. That feeling when you finish the distance or time you’ve set out for. You smile, you breath easy, you feel great.
  7. PT exercises that are actually really hard to do. My stability is horrible I’m learning.
  8. The support from loved ones, thank you 🙂

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For now, I’m back to running one day and taking the next day off so I can build up my distance and avoid injury. I’m even allowed to play soccer with my brace so, yup you guessed it…I’ll be back at that too.

If you’ve been off running for a while, what’s your favourite thing when you get back to it?

Any weekend plans? Racing, training?

Are you into fall temps yet?