January 9, 2014

Running injury blah-iness

This week has blah-ed past. It all started with me ignoring one of my new year's goals of staying injury free by not doing obviously stupid stuff. When I went a little off schedule with my speed work, running it Friday instead of Thursday, I was sure it was fine to do a long run on Saturday. Seriously, I just posted about this a few days ago.

Saturday morning rolled around, and I barely scraped myself off of my mattress to get up and run with my brother. Then we perfected making our ugliest faces for selfies. 


Score for weirdest selfie face, but maybe that zip tie art installation will distract you. 

Zip tie art.

My body just really can't handle this two-hard-days-of-running-in-a-row stuff, and the reason I know that is because I've experimented with that many times, thinking, oh, I'll just squeeze in my week of training into three days, no problem. Newsflash to myself: that never works out. Unless I'm running trails, and then I think it is just a case of the trails slowing my runs down enough that I'm not as likely to get hurt. 

So I was like this. 

The hat didn't work.

Cry, my left foot hurts enough that it makes me limp-run (definition: when you unconsciously avoid putting pressure on one foot because it hurts), and for sure a limpy run will injure my other side. So I stopped. 

Plus there's an Xterra race at Monte Sano in Huntsville, AL, this weekend, that I was shooting for. It is only 15K, but now that my foot is hurting, I'm going to shoot for the 5K with the caveat that I can always drop if I need to. Which, knowing myself, means that I will push through to the end of the 5K no matter what. Maybe not smart, but I took almost the whole week off from running. So somewhere in there, all the smart vs. ridiculous decisions balance out, right?!

And if you're looking at runners from the outside, almost all of our decisions look ridiculous. My friend posted this outsider perspective of runners on the Facebooks recently. 

Yes, I'm glad you noticed that really rad smudging of names to protect the innocent. But for serious, we look insane to the rest of the world. 

Marketers sometimes try (maybe unsuccessfully) to take advantage of that, like by labeling products with the word "marathon." I found this marathon fresh body spray on the clearance aisle the other day. So anyone who has ever run a marathon knows that there is nothing fresh about Gatorade/drool streaks on your tank top and a little bit of unintentional soiling of your built-in runner briefs. Not at all surprised that this is now on the clearance aisle. If they're following that same line of logic, maybe next time they could try something like outhouse fresh or my brother didn't flush fresh. 

Moving on to happier times, my husband and I are trying to clean up our diet by following the Healthy You two-week plan that I posted about here. It usually takes me about two weeks to get over sugar cravings (currently eating no processed sugar), so I'm almost there. Six more days to go before I stop twitching every time I see a dessert. I did go ahead and order some Girl Scout cookies from a friend just to give hope to the dessert reflex in my brain.

What's something that your friends and family think you are crazy for doing? I floss my teeth with my hair sometimes. Wait, is that just gross or crazy?

Best flavor of Girl Scout cookies? Or no thanks to them? Samoas!

Any current injuries? Misery loves company.


  1. Injury chafing fix is a new running bra and I like bra hunting about as much cleaning a litter box.
    Planning to run/race in August. But they'll give me a shiny medal really isn't as motivating as it should be to the non runners adding its in the flat area and only a 5k gets to strange looks.
    I really don't have a favorite flavor of GS cookies can't find a scout to buy from and I shop before they start selling in front of the stores.

  2. I am also injured. :( dealing with a hamstring strain and it sucks. Hope you recover soon!

    - Lora at Crazy Running Girl

  3. I just ordered 4 boxes of Peanut Butter Patties - my all-time favorite Girl Scout cookie (I hope I get at least one before the boys eat them all!).
    Hope your foot feels better soon.

  4. Oh....it's almost Girl Scout cookie time. There goes my better eating plan. Samoas. Always Samoas.

    Take care of your foot!

  5. That's the first time I've ever seen you not smiling (3rd pic) and quite frankly, I don't like it. Don't do that anymore. Ever. ;)

    1. It's just not right. I mean like,there are 'right' things in this world. Rainbows. Mountains to run in. A little child laughing. A glass of wine with a great meal. Snow. Those things are 'right'. That frown? Not right. Gives me the hibidy jibidies. (btw, this is Dan. Not sure why it's posting me as unknown.)

  6. Hahaha marathon fresh scent. Tahts almost as funny as that FB post. When I dont' have to rush to get to work I'm going to check out that eating post. I need to cut sugar out, I go crazy for it. Hope that your foot feels better soon. I'm having issues with my posterior tibial tendon which is lame. I'm allowed to run through it though because it doesn't hurt until later on after my run. Weird. Oh well. BTW, it's Girl Guide cookies ;) not Girl Scout and my fav is the chocolate mint!! Mmmmm Mmmm Mmmmm!

  7. Oh no! I hope you are feeling better soon! My friends and family thought I was crazy for running in freezing/below freezing temperatures when I was in Chicago. Frankly, I think I was crazy, too. Best flavor of GS cookies are thin mints :) I'm currently dealing with the worst chafing of my life if that counts as an injury!

  8. Hair flossing your teeth?! i can only hope you are joking.. My extremely long marathon build up has been foiled by my body - 6 months of hard training down the pan - your misery definitely has some company!

    1. Only hair flossing in emergency situations!:)

      And I'm so sorry that you're injured too. Let's have a group yell into our pillows.

  9. that post is hilarious!!! love samoas and and dos-i-dos! and thin mints. I love all the cookies. I said I was going to cut back on the sweets and i've sucked. Need to either cut out completely or just do once a week.

  10. Haha, too funny what your friend posted about the runners. One of my friends recently told me I'm obsessed with running. Hmmm, okay, I do see how non-runners can think that, but don't knock it until you try it! Sorry to hear of your injury, hoping it's better for you this weekend. I'm with you in that I simply cannot do 2 hard running days back to back, lately it seems like I can barely even do easy runs on back to back days.

  11. I'm the same, I can't do two hard running days back to back anymore. I said I'd get rid of all the chocolate after Christmas but amazingly it's still sitting in the kitchen, getting smaller by the day. :) I can't help myself. Hope your injury heals soon! You have BOSTON to train for lady!!!!

  12. First: I HATE injuries! Second: The hair thing is really gross! Anyway - if you can invest in TPTherapy Total Body kit, there are a bunch of myofasciial release routines for the soleus. Loosening up the soleus helps build stability and puts the spring back in your step (do post and pre-run). It might help you w/the foot injury! Good luck! And stop using the hair - just doesn't seem sanitary! :D

  13. This post made me laugh so much!
    I thought the same exact thing when I first saw the "marathon fresh" deodorant on the Wally-World shelf a few month back. What part of a marathon is ever "FRESH"???
    Oh, and I have learned from experience that I have to have at least 2 days between hard runs. In fact, I have stayed injury-free for the past 9 months by reducing my really "hard" runs to 2 times a week. Sometimes I feel like a wimp because I don't run as hard as I used to... but at least I'm a still-running wimp! (not said to make you feel bad, but because I've had more than my fair share of injuries in my short running career!)

  14. Thin mints are the best. Sorry about your foot, hope it clears up quickly. I've been doing my old PT exercises and keeping up with my stretching since early December to get my knees happier, they are doing a lot better than just a few weeks ago. Just started jumping again (in my skating) fingers crossed that it works out! I have a competition in March that I really want to do, it will only work if my knees hold up to training my program.


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