Tag Archives: running injury

Jamie Eason LiveFit Trainer Update

16 Dec

Last time we spoke, I mentioned that I have been having trouble running on the treadmill without IT band (knee) pain. Well, folks, that has all changed due to two things.

1. These babies came in the mail on Friday:
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The Mizuno Alchemy 12’s I got from the Mezamashii project! I’ll tell you what, these shoes feel great on my feet. I just had to take them out for a mile around the park before I hit the weight room on Friday.

2. I read that to lessen IT band pain, you should run downhill. Since I don’t live in a very hilly area, I decided to start leaving the treadmill at 0% incline when I run, which they say is like running slightly downhill:

runnnn

…again with the glare, but you get the picture. Two 30 minute runs, the second a little faster than the first, with NO knee pain! I really don’t know if it’s the shoes or the lack of incline, but I’m not going to change a thing. I have been taking it easy, though, I run for 5 minutes, then I walk for one. It works, so I’ll keep doing it for now.

As for the weight training portion of the plan, everything is going great. I’m still doing things I’ve never done in the weight room and I’m really starting to see definition in my arms. Today was shoulder day, and as I was doing Lateral Raises, I really saw that shoulder muscle definition. Yay!

I’m holding steady at a weight loss of 2 lbs, but I took my measurements yesterday and I’ve lost half an inch around my waist!

Question of the day:
What brand of running shoes do you wear? 

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Not Quite Ready….

17 Nov

I woke up this morning bright and early, and really wanting to go for a run. I had plans to go to a yoga class at 9, but since I was up and at ’em at 7 am, I thought I’d give it a try.

It was my first true cold-weather run of the season. It was 31 degrees out, so it was quite cold. I was glad I got to wear my hat with built-in headphones. It’s so much better than earbuds, I wish I could wear it all year. It was quite cold, but once I got going it wasn’t too bad (except my hands — I need gloves!)

I decided to do my favorite 3 mile out-and-back, and I felt great until right before I got to the turn around, when my right knee started hurting, in the same place it did last week. I stretched it out at the turn around point, but I couldn’t do too much running on the way back home. It was so much colder when I wasn’t running! I ended up running the last quarter mile or so just to warm up. I guess I’m not quite ready to be running, so I’m glad I didn’t sign up for the Turkey Trot! I’m pretty sure the knee pain is IT band related, so I’m looking up stretches and going to limit my running to a couple miles a day.

It was a pretty morning, though!

After my run, I stretched a bit (but not much because I was heading straight to yoga):

Streeeetch!

Yoga was great! My neighbor Ashley has been teaching a weekly yoga class because she just recently got certified. She’s an amazing teacher, I always feel like I got a good workout after her class.

After yoga, I went ahead and knocked out the grocery shopping for Thanksgiving Dinner, which I’m cooking. Here’s my menu:

  • Roast Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Green beans with creamy shallots and mushrooms
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans
  • Apple/Pear Galette
  • Apple Sangria

My sister-in-law is bringing the sweet potatoes and my father in law will bring the pumpkin pie. I’m most excited about the apple sangria, if I’m being honest!

Question of the Day:
Are you cooking Thanksgiving Dinner? If not, are you contributing a dish to the dinner you’re attending? 

 

 

 

Marshall Half Marathon Recap

12 Nov

 

 

Yesterday, I completed the Marshall Half-Marathon in Huntington, WV.

As of yesterday, I have completed two half-marathons in two years. I’m often envious of other bloggers who log many, many miles a week and seem to breeze through distance races with ease. I love a good 5k, but half-marathons take a bit more mental and physical preparation for me.

If I’m being honest (which, of course I am) my training was not up to par. I didn’t get the required mileage under my belt, and I didn’t run as often as I should have. As you may know from my previous post, I paid for it in what seems to be an injury to my right leg. After sleeping on it, I can localize the pain to the outside of my right knee (IT band?) and my Achilles tendon. I can walk (slowly), so I don’t think I’ve sprained, twisted or fractured anything. It’s weird because I can’t pinpoint any moment during the race where I actually hurt myself, so I guess I just pushed too hard and my legs weren’t ready for it (is that a thing?)

The first 5 or 6 miles went really well. I was pushing my pace, and was definitely on par to PR under 2 hours (which was my goal) or at least come in a few minutes over 2 hours. By mile 7, my leg started feeling a little weird. I took a few breaks to walk/stretch it out and kept running. Mile 8 was painful. I started feeling terrible pain and was in tears (p.s. don’t cry while running. It turns into hyperventilation pretty quickly). I knew that Zach would be waiting for me right after mile 9, so I pushed it until then. By the time I saw Zach, I just collapsed. I was hyperventilating because I was crying so hard, and my leg felt terrible. I wasn’t in a good place. I honestly considered just quitting. Then I thought about getting that medal, and I thought about having to report a DNF here. I couldn’t do that. I had started this race, and I only had about 4 miles to go, so even if I walked the entire time, I was going to finish.

Those next 4ish miles were hell. I tried running some, but it became so painful that I had to stop and walk. I think maybe I ran more than I think I did, because my finishing time wasn’t quite as bad as I expected (2:22:40). By the time I was about half a mile from the finish, I went ahead and pushed it. I ran the whole way, even sprinting across the finish line. At the very end of this race, you go down a steep hill to enter the stadium, and then you run the length of the football field, and then another length to the finish line. The downhill entrance was probably the worst part of the whole race. The pain was so intense I thought I might fall.

But, I finished. I immediately started crying when I crossed the line, luckily Zach was right there. He’s incredible, did you know that? He told me so many times yesterday how proud of me he was. His pride rubbed off on me, because despite the fact that I have a lot of reasons to be disappointed with yesterday’s race, I’m not. I’m proud that I pushed through to finish. I’m proud that I managed a halfway decent time despite an injury. I’m proud that I just did it.

I took my first ice bath yesterday as well, which wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and it made my legs feel much better for a while afterwards.

We had beautiful weather yesterday.

So now I have a decision to make. I really would like to finish a half marathon in under 2 hours, but I’m not sure I’m a distance runner. I enjoy races of the 5k variety, but the training involved to do distance races ends up being a problem for me. I enjoy doing so many different types of exercise that the time that you must put into training never really works out for me. I’ve got some time to think about it, because I think the next time I’ll consider running this distance is next year.

Until then, I’m planning on trying out Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer starting as soon as I can comfortably walk again.

The first four weeks require you to do no cardio at all, which shouldn’t be a problem considering I don’t think I could even run a mile right now. I guess 4 weeks will be just the amount of running rest I need!

Question of the Day:
What’s the longest distance you’ve ever run? 

Done!

11 Nov

I finished my second half marathon in 2:22 (unofficial time), which is about 9 minutes slower than the first one I ran. I was on pace for a PR until mile 8, when I started getting a lot of pain in my right leg. By the time I saw Zach just after mile 9, I was hyperventilating and unsure I could go on. I hobbled through the next 4ish miles, though. I walked most of it, but still managed to sprint the finish. I’m in severe pain right now, so I have a feeling I won’t be running for a while.

 

What I need to do now is take an ice bath, but I’ve never done it and I really don’t know if I can bring myself to. Someone talk me into it?

TGIF!

5 Oct

…am I right? I’ve got a busy weekend ahead, but I’m looking forward to a few days off of work.

Yesterday, Zach and I went to Macy’s to start a registry. Macy’s was having an event where you could win gift cards, but we didn’t win any. We did start a registry, however, and boy is that overwhelming. I don’t want to register for out of this world, expensive stuff, so I tried to stick to the basics and I put a wide range of price points on there. We will still do a few other registries, because I don’t want people to feel obligated to buy us some extravagant gift. If I’m being honest, though, I do think that it is nice to get some things for our home that we might not be able to stock up on otherwise. So, I need to get over that icky feeling of I’m ‘asking people for gifts’ and just make sure our wedding is a gracious, beautiful event where everyone has a great time.

Ready to scan at my beck and call! My knight in shining armor!

We decided to make a date night of it (and I had a coupon), so after registering, we went to Ruby Tuesday to have dinner. I know I’ve said this a few times, but I love their salad bar.

I wish that was more in focus, but I was starving and ready to dig in. It was so good. I’ll be honest and say I went up for a second, smaller salad after that. I ordered the petite sirloin with coconut shrimp (fried, but love coconut shrimp!), and since I was so enamored with the salad bar (and I wanted one of their pumpkin spice cupcakes), I didn’t eat much of my main meal:

The aftermath….

I got their mashed cauliflower as my side, and it was really good! Luckily, I have all of that at home which I will be warming up for lunch. Yum! They were advertising their pumpkin spice desserts, so I had to get a cupcake:

I swear, these photos looked in focus when I took them…

It was pretty good, but not as good as I expected. After that we went to have a couple drinks and then it was home to bed, because I wanted to get up to go to the gym this morning.

I’ve been having some back/hip/leg pain lately. After reading about Abby’s sciatic nerve issues  (I read her blog over at Back At Square Zero), I’ve self-diagnosed myself. I really do think that is the issue, and it’s not severe enough at this point to see a doctor (plus, even when you have health insurance, doctors aren’t cheap), so I’m focusing on taking it easy and reintroducing stretching into my life.

I’ll be honest, I’m terrible at stretching. I rarely stretch after runs (I KNOW!) and up until now, it hasn’t really caused me any problems. Mainly because I was regularly doing yoga. Lately, I’ve been trying to fit all my training miles in and hit the weights so yoga has seriously suffered, and I can feel the pain. So this morning instead of going to my beloved HIIT class, I went to yoga and boy am I glad I did!

Penny was glad to see me when I got home from yoga.

I wish I had taken my phone to the gym, because the room we did yoga in this morning was hilarious. My gym is the YMCA, which is a converted church. There is exactly one aerobics room, so when there are two classes at the same time, one class has to meet elsewhere. Since the HIIT class is in the aerobics room, yoga was meeting in one of the raquetball courts, but recently they moved it to what is called the “Board Room” — I had no idea where that was and I panicked a little this morning until I asked and someone pointed it out to me. But yeah, the Board Room has the painted portraits of every President that the YMCA has had since its inception. So, basically the entire room is plastered with painted portraits of men staring at you. It’s funny/creepy. When we were doing our balance poses, I just looked one of the guys in the eyes, and I was steady as a rock. Ha! I will definitely take a sly photo for you next week.

Anyway, yoga felt great this morning. I told Elizabeth (the yoga instructor at the Y) about my sciatic concerns and she said she has had similar issues and has cured it with regular yoga, so I really need to focus on going to her classes and doing some extra at home. In fact, tomorrow I have plans to do TWO classes with my friend Ashley in the morning and I think I’m going to hit up Elizabeth’s 8 AM class before that. So, three hours at the gym? I can handle it!

Question of the Day:
Have you ever had a repetitive stress injury? How did you correct it?