October 3, 2012

Injuries are weaksauce

So it happened yesterday. I was doing my weekly speed work, and I felt a little twinge in my left foot that continued to feel off the rest of the run. I iced afterwards and wore more open shoes the rest of the day, so I didn't notice it all day. Then I put on my running shoes this morning, and with the tight squeeziness of the laces, it almost feels like the top of my foot is bruised. And of course now I'm looking back at last week and thinking that I should have rested more, and then maybe I could have avoided this foot weirdness. Hopefully it's no big deal, but I'm resting it from running today, and I'll test it out on tomorrow's long tempo run. If it feels angry, I'll skip the run and try again on Saturday.

An almost identical injury happened at this time last year when I was running around the gym track. So maybe this is an old injury flaring up. This time I was on the treadmill, so I can't blame it on tight cornering on the track, last year's injury scapegoat. But I remember feeling so frustrated last year because I had about a month before my first marathon, and I had two weeks of really crappy (i.e. nonexistent) training. So we'll see where this leads, and if I find myself in the same self-pity boat.

I didn't feel sorry for myself long because I got to hang out with my sister yesterday. Remember that she lives in the City of Angels (LA), and we don't get to hang out as much as we would want, like every day. She's a musician, so every time I'm around her, my creative spirit gets revived. It's like we're a constant song factory because pretty much every thing you do can be made into a song. Next up, Yo Momma Raps.

But I should probably leave the situational raps to the pros.




One day, my buns will look as awesome as my sister's. And maybe I could fix my hair too. (insert laugh track)


The boys had a play date at the museum with my brother. From left to right: my son, my nephew, my brother, and my twins. Shoes are optional. Smiling is not.


One last family picture before my sister flew back home.

Camera smiles.


Real smiles.

 Runbow shirt by Oiselle

My daughter really wanted Baby Stout to stay longer. She also wanted to find her matching shoe, so all around, things did not go her way.


And for those of you who ran or hope to run any of the Women's Half Marathon series, I just found this big pile of race stickers hanging out in my drawer. If you want one, message me with your name and mailing address at yomommaruns (at) gmail.com, and I'll mail one to you. If you don't want to stick it on something, it's the perfect size for a coaster. 


What is your most recent injury? My miserable foot loves company.

How did you take care of it?

Do you have a favorite rapper? I miss the days of Snoop and Dre together.

33 comments:

  1. Sure hope that foot gets better soon. You've really been running strong lately. I only missed a week with the plantar issue but it's still not quite 100%. LOL on the Yo Momma Raps. I can listen to just about anything except rap and boy bands etc.
    P.S. I'm considering 13.1 LA next January.

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    1. Thanks! Have you run out in LA before? I'm thinking the weather will probably be nice because it always is. I considered the LA Marathon at one point too, but I haven't committed.

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    2. Never have raced in LA but I've been there as a teenager. I do have a friend who lives in Santa Monica so that's her home race. I've not seen her since 9th grade.

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  2. I hope it's nothing major! I also still have a twinge so I'm doing the same...ICING! And also rolling with this colorful little contraption I have from Road Runner Sports. Smart move with the resting rather than risk flaring it back up again. It was suggested to me that in addition to icing, that I also soak in Epson salts. I'm doing whatever I can to avoid further twingeness, lol. Glad you had a nice time with your sis and great family photos! :)

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    1. Are the salts working?! I'm about to go for a run tonight and see how it comes out. Fingers crossed.

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  3. Let me just say that I LOVE YOUR SISTER!! If there was ever a person who spoke to me on the same style level, well it would have to both of you. Your sister has wicked hair!! LOVE IT!! Now, as for your foot I am thinking about you and sending some non-injury pixie dust your way. Hope it is nothing serious. Just something a little rest will fix.:)

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    1. My sister is way cooler than me, and ever since I was little, I've always wanted to be just like her. That trend is still going! So I'm like the watered down version of her.

      And I need that dust! Keep it coming.

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  4. Oh no! Hope your foot heals quick! I had a nagging hip issue and went to physical therapy. I was so glad I went. The doc just said tendinitis and no running but the PT didn't think it was tendinitis. He gave me some great stretches and exercises and it is sooo much better. It was nice to see someone supportive of my running unlike the doc who had a bad attitude towards it. She kept telling me to switch to biking.
    Good luck! And love the pics of your fam!

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    1. Yes! My current PT has never told me to stop running no matter what issue I present (seems like a new one every week!). But basically I told them from week one that I'm going so that I can keep running. Preventative maintenance type of thing.

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  5. Aaaagh for the foot...but it'll mend, I'm sure. Ice it. Ice, ice baby!!!! Rap along to Vanilla Ice and follow his advice and you'll be fine!!! I don't like rap at all (old fashioned girl, me) apart from Eminem when I run...and then I'm his biggest fan!!!

    Feet fail you not!!!

    My last injury was an achy ball of my foot which I healed with an extra day's rest and lots of ice. And in March I had mild PF which I healed with an amazing ProFoot PF insole which was AMAZING!!!

    This is a very disjointed comment, I'm so sorry. And your family photos are gorgeous!!!!

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    1. I wear some of those too. Those and Powerstep, which are more rigid, but I really like how they fit.

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  6. I hope your foot is better soon!
    And I'm jealous of your sisters hair. Love it! Mine is a frizzy mop that will not tolerate bangs or do anything fun.

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    1. I know! She always knows how to make it cool. And she only spends ten seconds fixing it. Not kidding.

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  7. Yuck, injuries suck. Hope it is nothing, sounds like it should just go away with a little rest. I'm in that 'am I injured or not and can I push it' stage right now too...boo!

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  8. Hope your foot feels better soon:( Looks like you had a great time with your sibs:)

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  9. Love your pictures!

    Sorry to hear about the foot. Here's hoping it is nothing at all and will clear up immediately. I have had a weird foot pain for two months now due to an extra bone I have there (the tendon rubs on it). But it is better than it was and never seems to get all that bad at all, so I live with it.

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    1. Wow, how do you figure out that you have an extra bone? I'm guessing x-rays. But cool to know that.

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  10. Oh no!!!!!! I am so sorry about injury scare. I hate it!!!!!! You and your Sis are seriously adorable!!!!!!

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  11. Oh noes! Hope it is just a small bruise that with ice, rests and a few days will be but a distant memory!

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  12. Hope your foot is ok! I saw someone in Seattle with double buns and she had glasses just like yours. I did a double take before realizing it wasn't you!

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  13. I hope your foot is okay. Injuries make me want to punch puppies and I LOVE puppies. Your entire family is so photogenic! All are just so dang cute!

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  14. Quad pull (soccer). RICE - rest, ice, compression, elevate + heat before exercising (ice pack after work out). I was able to continue to play (very carefully) and workout at the gym (very carefully) and play soccer again (ver...). I still feel it a little three weeks later.
    No fav rapper now - like my old school rap occasionally :- )

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    1. I never thought of doing heat before exercising. Kind of like warming up before moving. I like it!

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  15. You have a great group of readers. They must be nice people. Except for me (sorta). Achilles - tender and palpably swollen - prob due to switch from conventional to 4 mm (?) drop shoes. All better now, as I am sure you will be by Saturday.

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    1. That's what I'm hoping for! Did you wear the lower-drop shoes on the road? I have some that I just wear on trails, and I don't notice a difference. But once I tried to run on the road, and I was sore almost immediately.

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  16. yes, your foot and my sprained ankle can be friends. 2 days of PT a week. it’s soooo much fun! :) i kid. I’m on the mend though. favorite rapper- gonna agree on the snoop and dre and add some bone thugs n harmony.

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    1. I loved bone thugs because I could listen to them in the car with my mom, and she had no idea they were swearing the whole song. Also I didn't really know what they were saying at first either.:)

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  17. Hope the foot is ok. Just listen to your body, and get some rest. Your body is sending you a lil message.

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  18. I'm going through the same thing! The same injury I had last year flared up a bit, it's on my left hip/butt, GAH, so frustrating! I hope yours and mine are nothing, and we can carry on!!

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  19. Thanks for the shout out awesome sistah! I was so happy to see you guys, if only for a day...

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  20. OMG, it sounds like we're all suffering with foot injuries. WTH?! Even though my chiro says it's my rectus something...I am fully convinced that the injury is in my foot and is just affecting the other stuff because it's "all connected"!

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