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?

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?

Snow Storms, Running and a Sick Kid

Well, it’s sure been an interesting few days around here! We’ve had three major snow storms in the last 7 days with the last storm last Saturday/Sunday (yesterday).

SNOW in the Spring!

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I’ve managed some great treadmill runs in the last week: 5k, 6k, 5k, 8k – all pain free! I got some new shoes and skied last week with Sai and Lilly – a little cross training can’t hurt! However, my spring running plans have changed and I’ll write about that soon. They haven’t changed because it’s still going to be winter for a few more months or so it seems in Nova Scotia. They’ve changed because of my hamstring.

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The flu has hit us again – well, so far the littlest one 😦  I’m ready for a new week and SPRING like weather…no pressure Mother Nature…no pressure!

How was your weekend? 

Spring like weather or hanging back in Winter like us?

Anyone race this weekend? (Saw a few posts on FB and IG today)