3 weeks in Post-Op Shoe

Well it has been 3 weeks that I’ve been in my post-op shoe ala doctors instructions. The swelling in my toe has gone down slightly but the lump has stayed there including the pain when pressing on it. I called to see if there’s a different boot to be put in, but was told that the next step is a MRI and then figure out the treatment.

So I got the MRI this morning which was fairly boring and left my foot feeling tingly. A technician did it, a radiologist reviews it, results come in about 24 hours, and the doctor then reviews the results. Unfortunately the doctors office is closed on Fridays so I will be meeting the doctor Monday morning to discuss it.

I had originally hoped that I would be given the clear to start running and doing yoga again, but unfortunately I haven’t been given the clear yet. This Sunday marks 7 weeks to my 10k that I wanted to PR in, and 8 weeks till the half marathon I had wanted to run in under 2 hours in.

It has been difficult to not get bummed about this, but I’ve still been meeting with my friend who is running the half with me and biking with her, and also my orange theory workouts which I’m on a bike, rowing, and lifting.

I’m hoping I don’t hear bad news on Monday, but at the same time I hope I didn’t just do the MRI to find out that I have soft tissue swelling!

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Where does time go?!

I feel like a broken record saying this, but I’m going to try my very best to keep up with my blog! 😛 In my defense though my summer so far has been crazy busy. Here are some highlights:

I had a weekend getaway in New York visiting my sister for her birthday. We explored both Manhattan and Brooklyn, and ate so much delicious food. I seriously don’t think I’ll ever eat that good of a chocolate croissant or muffin or taco or omelet or….. Seriously the food was amazing. We even ate at this amazing vegan tapas styled restaurant. I had vegetables cooked in a way I had never even thought about!

A couple weeks ago I started training for my half marathon in September. One hot and humid morning my too small socks caused gross blisters on my heels. And I’m talking gross, the kind when you remove your sock skin comes off. I played around with methods of getting it to heal and it wasn’t until I used a liquid band aid and regular band aid combo was it able to heal. I still have scab weirdness on my heals but at least they’re not open grossness!

Only two days after I got those gross blisters I ran a 5k. It was my goal to PR. I felt great during my run despite my heels, and just kept pushing it. People of all ages were passing me, and I thought oh well, I know I’m doing a good time for me I’m not going to worry about anyone else. When I finished my run I PR’d with an average of an 8:41 min mile!! I know for some runners that’s “easy” talk but for me that’s awesome! Just 4 years ago when I started running I had a hard time running ONE mile at a 16 min pace. I was unbelievably shocked to find out I placed 3rd in my age group! I was only 2 minutes shy from being 2nd, but I try not to think about that too much… 😉

A few days later I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my toe. It had been 16 days of pain at that point actually, I had just been ignoring it. I first noticed it my last day in New York. My toe was crazy swollen, and painfully ached. I blamed it on walking about 7 miles every day in sandals, and figured it would go away. Since icing, elevating, 1-2 day rests, and an inflammation reducer pain killer didn’t help, I decided to go to an orthopedic sports medicine doctor. The result? A stress fracture. I was given a post-op shoe and told to use it for the next 3 weeks and hopefully by then I can start running again, but in the mean time be “creative” with my workouts. Cycling, rowing, and lifting are all ok, but bending my toes/foot and putting weight on it is not okay. It was frustrating news since I had just started my half marathon training, but I guess I’d rather get better early on then have to stop in the middle of training and not even get a chance to run it. I’ve had a week off of running at this point and I can say the pain has gone away and the majority of the swelling has gone too. I have been biking, rowing, and lifting mainly at OrangeTheory but some of the biking has been with my family or my friend who I have been training with. I ended up designing a new training plan, which I’ll share with you all later (#goals)!

A few days after the depressing news I got my hair done at my favorite salon (hello summer blonde hair), ate an amazing dinner for our 6 year wedding anniversary and went with David, the kids, and friends to the beach to celebrate our actual anniversary day!

If I’m not at work, taking care of the kids, or exercising I’ve been catching up on laundry, cleaning the house, painting the house, gardening, and a hopefully a soon finished fun yard project (again I’ll share with you later, #goals)!

My husband has about 50 more pages of his dissertation to write and I feel a bit bummed for him. I know it’s a lot of stress on him, and he’s trying to be an involved husband and Dad, but that is difficult to do when there’s a deadline. We keep telling ourselves, “graduation May 5, 2018”!

Now that I’ve talked your ear off, enjoy your weekend!

Katie

Weekly Run Review

6AM, 80 degrees, 97% humidity.

6AM, 80 degrees, 97% humidity.

My goal during my half marathon training is to run four days a week and cross train/strength train for at least two; giving me one day of rest each week. Initially I had a full 18 weeks of training for my half, but between injuring my IT Band (worst it has ever been) and getting a sinus infection, I was out for about 2 weeks. It might not sound like much, but that threw off my entire schedule. So, I created a new 14 week training plan, and started training once again. So far so good, but in full disclosure it wasn’t stellar.

The first day I thought, “Hey! I’ve been working all day, and I want to see my kids and husband so why don’t I run next to them as he bikes the kids in the bike trailer!” It was a great idea, but ended up feeling like a long road trip of Zooey saying, “I want ice cream. Can we get ice cream? Are we done?” etc. I used to run with her all of the time in my jogging stroller, but that was when she was younger and would fall asleep or at least be entertained by me saying, “Be on the lookout for a squirrel!” Yeah, she’s getting a bit older, and so maybe i’ll need to think of new ideas to entertain. So basically my husband ended up biking home, and I ran home the rest of the way by myself, and a bit stressed.

The second day of running was probably the most idiotically prepared. Since my husband’s school year is starting up again we planned for a stay-date (the night before my run). After the kids went to bed we baked chili-lime salmon, sweet potato chips, shared a flour-less chocolate cake, split a bottle of Rose wine, and stayed up talking until midnight. That wouldn’t have been a big deal, but I woke up at 5:45 AM to get out the door to run by 6 AM! Like an amateur, I had drank the night before, barely slept, had a glass of water before I headed out the door without eating anything, and started running. It happened to be 80 degrees already with humidity you had to cut through, and by the first mile I felt like hurling. The acid in my stomach burned so much, I was breathing heavy, and just felt A W F U L. Initially I thought maybe after this half marathon I should just retire from running period, my body just feels awful, and maybe I should just be done. But during my run I happened to be listening to a podcast that talked about during runs you face your dragons. These dragons are the same ones you have at any other stressful time in life, but when you’re running you find them, battle them, and defeat them. I realized then that I was considering not running because I felt awful, but I felt awful because I drank wine, barely slept, and didn’t eat anything before my run. I realized my body felt like crap because I had just treated it like crap. Running wasn’t the problem, I was! So I battled that dragon during that run and told myself, no, I am not going to treat myself like that again. Even though it was a fun stay-date and I loved that time with my husband, I also love myself and my body deserves to be treated well.

As you can imagine days three and four were much better than days one and two. Day four even happened to be 80 degrees with 97% humidity at 6 AM and I rocked it!

To be a runner it’s important to be flexible, listen to your body, and adjust your lifestyle and training plan in order to rock the running week. I’m excited to see my body continue to improve this next week!

Happy trails!

Katie

Book Review: Running Strong

51eG5w2HhCL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Both times I started running postpartum (after the doctor approved it of course) I ended up getting injured. Both times I thought I can do this, but my body disagreed. So I was not only in the search of quick healing but also a good injury prevention book.

My favorite running injury prevention book I found hands down is “Running Strong” by Dr. Jordan Metzl. Not only does it cover a variety of types of injuries, but also ways to help avoiding them. It is filled with photographs and illustrated anatomy to better show injury and prevention.

Whether you are a runner or lover of physical fitness, this is a must have book in your home library!

Friend or Foe: Sore or Injured

I would love it if one of my first “fitness” posts was about how awesome it was to run a 10 miler, or swim 5 miles, or bike 50 miles, or hike mount everest, but in all actuality, I’m injured. Yup, I played the game of friend or foe (sore or injured) and I lost, “I got foed.” 

For my 30th Birthday (September 9th), my husband, David, surprised me with registration for both of us to Chicago’s Monster Dash 10K!!! I was more than thrilled, a little scared, but thrilled. 10K isn’t the longest I’ve run, and I actually ran a 10k trail run in Wisconsin last year. So mentally I know that I can do it, however, my postpartum body has other ideas of what’s a good time.

All throughout pregnancy I had literal dreams of me running. That’s all it was, I was running on trails, running on paths, running on a treadmill, etc. It. Was. Glorious. I missed running SO much! So as soon as I was given the ok postpartum I tried running. I in fact tried an app to get into running again, which was a bad idea, because I thought “listen to the app” instead of “listen to my body,” and I got injured (my knees). So after some rest I tried it again, this time no app, and the back of my heels started killing me. They felt stiff and just not wanting to move. I decided, ok I need new shoes these ones are way old (which was the truth). I got new shoes, and soon after I was surprised with 10K registration!

I did a lot of research about different plans for a slow/beginning runner in order to train for this 10K. My plan was great, but once again I did not pay attention to it, because mentally I was all there. One beautiful Sunday early evening I ran too far and a little too fast, and at one point the back of my heels were hurting. I kept telling myself that it’d go away just keep going, and that’s when I should’ve thought “Friend or Foe,” because like I said “I got foed.” 

Normally soreness is good, because it indicates that your muscles are getting stronger (this is scientifically true-tiny micro tears in the muscle fiber hurt causing soreness-along with lactic acid of course-but as the soreness goes away your muscle rebuilds itself making it slightly stronger). I have even joked that “sore is the new black.” It’s good for you, but being injured not so much.

My heel pain ended up being retrocalcaneal bursitis, which is the inflammation of the bursar sac  between the achilles tendon and the heel. It just keeps everything cushioned and comfy. I also put too much strain on my heel and was left with a stress fracture in the right. I ended up seeing a sports medical doctor to get this diagnosis since the pain and swelling wasn’t going away. It’s been about a week since I saw the doctor, and luckily I am feeling much better (not 100% but better).

If I can get the doctor’s ok I will start training (s l o w e r  this time) for at least the 5k! One thing I have majorly learned from this is that you MUST listen to your body, stretch, strengthen, eat well, and learn the difference between friend or foe. Wish me luck!

xoxo, Kate