October 8, 2012

The less whiny version of being injured

If I had posted yesterday, it would have been much whinier. Possibly. Today's post will be a bit whiny with a dash of optimism. As I was icing my sore foot on Friday night, my husband, who sometimes is more reasonable than I give him credit for, said something about why was I going to run tomorrow when my foot hurt. Then I said something about it only being 15 miles and quit trying to boss me around (kidding on the last part). Mileage is all relative, and 15 miles really didn't seem as far as the 20 from last weekend.

He mentioned how silly he thought it was to run on Saturday morning a few more times that night, and I was in a state between maybe he's right and it's only 15 little miles, when I passed out from worried-about-my-foot exhaustion at 8:30. In case you don't know, that never happens because I'm 100% night owl from a long line of night owls.

When I woke up for the sixth time (I never sleep well when I need to wake up early) at 5 a.m., I decided to call it off. I texted my brother and my running partner and tried to enjoy a regular, not-training-for-a-marathon person's Saturday morning of sleep. Instead, every minute that ticked by, I was imagining what the running group was doing -- guzzling lukewarm Gatorade, slogging up a hill, comparing race goals, almost spitting a loogie on another runner's foot. Sigh. I was definitely missing out on unbelievable amounts of fun.

I was most upset by the fact that it felt like months of hard work would be trickling through my fingers every second I stayed in bed feeling sorry for myself about my foot. So I decided to hit the gym and do what I could about the situation. That included a spin class, an hour of "swimming" in the pool (not really a swimmer), and 35 minutes on the rower. I'm not sure if it equaled 15 miles, but I felt much better endorphin-wise when I was finished.

The rest of the day, I spent icing my foot and running, not literally of course, around with my family. Is there such thing as too much icing? I never left my foot in the water for more than 15 minutes, but I probably iced it ten different times during the day. If icing is good, is ultra icing better? I decided ultra was better.

Also, I got to try some new snacks that I don't normally eat when I'm running because they aren't as handy as gels or gummies.

Lemon Honey Stinger Organic Waffles

I really liked the taste of these, just slightly lemony, but it would be hard to eat these on a run because of the crumble factor. It would definitely crumble if I had to carry it in my running shorts. But if I were bike riding or carrying a pack for a trail run, I would be all about it. 

So this next one I bought at Whole Foods because they had a buy one get one free coupon. They were just hanging out in my snack drawer (yes, it's in my nightstand, what) for a couple of weeks without me even knowing how awesome they were. 

Kit's Organic Fruit + Nut Bar Chocolate Almond Coconut

Basically if you like the idea of Larabars but think they taste disgusting (sorry, I tried really hard to love them), these are for you. I didn't try the other flavors, but I don't need to. This one is boss. And the ingredients: Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Unsweetened Chocolate, Organic Coconut, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Sea Salt. 

Foot update: it feels great when I'm doing nothing, and the bruised feeling when I would touch it appears to be gone. I'm going to try a few basic miles tomorrow to gauge how it feels. I definitely don't want it to turn into something bigger, so I'm willing to sacrifice some training days now. Hopefully I won't have to sacrifice so many that I lose confidence in my race goals. 

Also, I've been trying to remember to do a better job at taking my vitamins, and I'm going to add strength training and yoga back into the schedule, which dropped out back about a month ago for some unknown reason other than I never seemed to find the right time to do it. It takes a lot of little things to keep you healthy.

And sometimes it just takes a giant cheeseburger. 


Under that gouda cheese is a glob of goat cheese. Plus my husband grilled the potatoes before he mashed them. You have to try that at home. He also added chia seeds to the hamburger patty mix. Rock star. 

Other things that kept my mind off of injured feet:

Gum-daches (his word, not mine)


Airplane throwing


And frolicking (not running because I would have been too jealous of that)


Nice form, little dude. 

And if you want a Women's Half Marathon sticker, like the one here, I still have some more, so email me your mailing info so I can send you one. 

Also, Road Runner Sports is having a pretty good shoe sale right now that I heard about through the active.com emails. It's 25% off all shoes, including clearance, when you join their VIP club. It costs $1.99 to join the club for the first year, but you get free shipping and other discounts with it. The fine print says they will automatically renew the membership, which is $24.99 after the first year. So if you are good at keeping track of stuff like that and need a shoe discount, check it out here. I looked up a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 15s, and they would have been about $85 with the discount. I'm very tempted because I really like the 14s I got on clearance at TJ Maxx. Kind of hate when I find something really cheap that I end up loving and have to fork over real money for more of it later. 

Last thing, promise. New song that I found at my gym-orama on Saturday. Definitely going on the playlist. New Day 



Did you run or rest this weekend?

What helps you get your mind off of injuries? 

How do you stay positive when your plan isn't going quite like you hoped?

24 comments:

  1. Sounds like you are being smart and giving your foot a break. When I am injured I try to focus on cross training and remind myself that I won't lose fitness overnight. I also remind myself of the time I ignored the pain in my leg and ended up in a cast on crutches and couldn't run for months. Never again. My hubby bought me a spin bike so I have something to cross train on and I feel guilty if I don't use it so I guess that is working:).

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    1. Yes, thank you! No crutches is the most desirable plan.

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  2. Yes. Opium-based medicine. Opium-based medicine.

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  3. Just kidding (sorta). Not by nature a "foot person" but all that changes for anyone who takes up running and gets hurt a lot like me. So don't be mysterious. Tell us more about your injury. Symptoms?

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    1. I pretty much hashed it out in the old posts. It just tweaked a little in last Tuesday's run, then was sore after that. It felt bruised when I touched it and when I laced up my shoes, but when I wore open shoes, I didn't even feel it. It's similar to an injury I had last year, which may have led to a stress fracture, so I'm super nervous.

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  4. Cross training is good for you, and it sounds like you did a lot of it on Saturday! Missing one long run isn't the end of the world. Shit happens. Deal. :oP That's how I talk to my kids, is it making you feel mothered? LOL Gumstache's rock!

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  5. I missed you SO badly Saturday. Not the same without you! i ran with Brian. that guy is fast and killed the hills! But it was good bc he made me run faster than I would've alone. I was worn out the rest of the day. Take it easy and spin if you need to. you've worked waaaay too hard to let an injury get in the way now! You'll be FINE!!! seriously. Do NOT doubt yourself! You could go out and run that marathon now. (well, maybe not right this second with your foot..haha)

    Take it easy-ish this week so you can run 20 with me! It's our last LONG run! woop woop!

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    1. I missed you too! Seriously a lot! And I ran with Brian the week you weren't there too. He's like our unofficial substitute training partner now.

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  6. I actually think on going to start swimming as My cardio. I've heard it's the only real way to feel normal again while huge and pregnant

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    1. Do it! It was actually really refreshing to swim. I usually don't do it because it seems like a pain to change clothes, but I really enjoyed it.

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  7. Hope your foot feels better soon. All that cross training was probably a smart move.
    I had a long run this weekend....the first time I've ever ran 15 miles. :)

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    1. Congrats!!! I always feel like I deserve a medal when I hit a new high for distance. So I'm sending you a mental medal right now.

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  8. Sorry to hear about your foot. I hope it gets better quickly. I have been injured so much off and on for years, that I am constantly in fear of getting injured again. I think it has hampered my marathon training this go around because I will talk myself out of my harder runs when I have a little off feeling. I finally ran my first 20 mile run (I'm running NYC in a month, so I'm a bit behind!) this weekend. Sending you healing thoughts.

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    1. Glad to know I'm not the only one who gets nervous about twinges. And great job on the 20 miler this weekend!

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  9. I have been nervous this whole marathon training period for MCM. I had a pulled hamstring in March and every twinge sets me off. It is definitely normal to be worried. Sounds like you are doing the right thing by resting though. Hope it feels better soon. Sending lots of "no aches or pains" pixies dust your way.:)

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  10. i ran 13.1 atlanta this weekend. it hurt. training would’ve been smart but since i’m nursing my ankle, it is what it is. i hate to say it, but since the sprain, i have been so consumed with running. what my goals will be, races to do, who to run with, etc. psychotic actually. learned a new thing at PT today-she says it’s better than just icing. fill up 2 buckets-one with ice water, one with warm water. do 1 min cold, 4 mins heat, repeat 4 times and finish on cold again (21 total). she says it speeds up recovery.

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  11. I was completely sidelined for two crucial weeks and all I could think about was running-- made myself crazy. Best advice? Let it heal now so that it doesn't get worse. I, too, tried the "but it's only 15" argument (except in my case I was arguing to run a half marathon that I'd already registered for). That logic didn't work in my case either. Most people aren't sympathetic to the "it's only" argument. Take care. Cross train. Eat Nutella And by all means, ultra-ice. Keep us posted-- some whining is cathartic.

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    1. Restocking nutella is a must. And thanks for understanding that whining helps.:)

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  12. I think holding back on the run was the right idea, even if it WAS your husband's!! I hate it when they're right. But sounds like you might be on the mend.

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    1. I know -- I have to give the dude credit. He was totally right!

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  13. I've over-iced so bad that I actually gave my knee frostbite. The skin got all purple-y and peal-y. Hehehe.
    Hope your foot gets better soon!

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  14. Smart to rest instead of run the 15 miles:) You don't want to make it worse. Hard I know. I rested this weekend even though I was supposed to run 8 miles. Hope all that icing is helping!

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