Injury update – Who am I if I don’t run?

Hi there!

If you remember from last week, I was waiting for my referral to get approved by Tricare so I could meet with an orthopedist. Well, I got confirmation of the approval on Thursday afternoon and was told that the clinic should be contacting me to schedule the appointment.

Yeah, I’m not that patient.

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I waited until about 2pm on Friday and then contacted the clinic myself to “see if they had received my referral yet.” (what can I say, I know my way around scheduling appointments!) The lovely lady that answered the phone pulled me up in the system and got me all set up!

For Monday!!!

As in, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, MONDAY!!!  Whoop!

That NEVER happens in military medicine. I actually pinched myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

I did, really. Got a bruise and everything! No, I didn’t take a picture. Sheesh!

So, the orthopedist – pretty sure she’s brilliant. She listened to me (this is a BIG deal for me as I’ve had doctors who haven’t and I’ve been misdiagnosed and treated improperly), checked out my pudgy foot, reviewed the x-rays that were done last week, and we talked about the present and the future and what we were going to do.

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And she gave me some fancy new footwear.

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Isn’t it spectacular? #sarcasm

So, here’s what’s going on.

Best case scenario is that it’s a stress fracture.

Never ever thought I would say those words. Why the hell would I want a stress fracture?

Well, because, I don’t want Freiberg’s disease which, according to the orthopedist, is a possibility.

I should be able to recover quickly from a stress fracture. Freiberg’s may have lasting complications.

So, I’m in the boot until at least September 8 when I go back for more x-rays and another appointment.

Obviously, that means no running.

That would be awkward. Could you even imagine?

She did say that I could use a stationary bike (got one of those in my garage!!) and that I could still lift weights – upper body, etc.

She gets me. She really, really gets me! 🙂

So, I went to CrossFit last night!!!

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#awkwardmirrorselfie

I hadn’t been since last Monday. I was literally suffering withdrawals!

But, I think it’s apparent that the 50k is out of the question.

I really wanted to do this 50k. I was really excited about it!

I’m disappointed.

I’m disappointed in my body for letting me down. Especially since I was really paying attention to it and I was feeling really confident!

I’m disappointed that no matter how hard I work and do things right and train properly, I end up with injuries.

Since 2008, I’ve had 4 injuries that forced me to stop running for an extended period of time. 4!!

And now, I need to really think about what my running future is.

It feels like I’m always in the “rebuilding” phase.

Maybe it’s time for me to be done running the long distances. Maybe 8 marathons is enough?

Maybe it’s time for me to be done getting up at 4:30 on a Saturday morning to get out on the road for a 20-miler?

Oh, but the sunrises! And the birds! And the quiet! And the peace!

Maybe it’s time for me to just run whenever I feel like it (if I still can) for the sheer joy of it, rather than for training purposes with specific mileage and paces required.

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Maybe it’s time for me to focus more on CrossFit. Maybe that’s what’s next in my fitness life.

I don’t know.

I definitely have some time to think about it and really evaluate what I want to do.

I’m trying to stay focused on the positives – it’s just an injury, I’ll recover, I’m still healthy, I can still workout, the boot is black and goes with everything……

But, that’s not always the easiest thing to do. I’ve been guilty of some “woe is me” moments over the past week. There were plenty of times I felt like curling up in a ball and crying at the unfairness of it all. And, I’ve been a little grouchy.  I’ve kicked myself in the ankle like 4 times since I got this dumb boot. *sigh*

Again, trying to focus on the positives. Like, at least this didn’t happen.

But, I’m a runner. Straight down to my core.

It’s my me time – it’s what I do – it’s what makes me happy.

Who am I if I don’t run?

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 Talk to me: Anybody else dealing with injuries right now? How are you coping? Are you completely unable to workout or just limited?

– jennifer

Running!! and today’s the day. *sigh*

Hello!

(yes, the exclamation point is back!)

Happy Thursday!

weekend around the corner

We’ve got a 3-day weekend coming up!  Woot!

I love 3 day weekends!

We have loads of fun stuff planned!  Do you?

(I’m trying to be super happy about the upcoming weekend to forget the fact that today is, indeed, the same day as my dentist appointment.)

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Oh.

I don’t want to go.  I’d totally rather eat dirt.

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Gosh, I hope there aren’t any worms in there. Blech!

But, my tooth hurts and I’m pretty sure that there IS such a thing as too much ibuprofen.

So, I’ll go.

Fingers crossed I survive.

Aaaand, moving on.

I decided to skip CrossFit this morning and go for a run instead. *GASP*

A RUN!

I actually felt a little guilty about not going to CrossFit.  Even though I was going to do my favorite fitness activity instead.

A runner should not feel guilty about running!

I just love CrossFit so much!  But, I love running, too.  In fact, I loved running first.  I’ve loved running much longer!

So, this morning, I ran.

(This also means I didn’t have to get up at 3:30am. Bonus!)

By the light....of the silvery moon..... :)

By the light….of the silvery moon….. 🙂

my street at 5am

my street at 5am

I didn’t really go too far but I’m totally cool with that!

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It’s not about the distance – it’s the fact that I can run again. I’m building up little by little.

So, with mileage after CrossFit and then this morning, I’ve knocked out 7 1/2 miles this week! Last week I did 4 total miles.

Woot!

I really love running.

Oh, and if you’re curious, here’s what my street looks like at dusk (looking the other direction).

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Pretty, huh? 🙂

Questions:

1. Do you enjoy running in the dark? Would you believe that I’m actually afraid of the dark? And, for some reason, I prefer to run in the early morning dark rather than the late evening dark.  The two just feel different to me. Is that weird?

2. Will you go to my dentist and pretend you’re me so I don’t have to go?  Please? 

– jennifer

A WOD, tips on recovering from injuries, and Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Happy Monday!

I went to CrossFit this morning and I DID THE WOD!!! I had looked at what was programmed the night before and thought that I might be able to because my ribs were feeling pretty good. But, I knew I still had to be cautious because I want to continue to be able to do the WODs. My BQ training plan starts next week (!) and an injury does not fit with the program. So, I took it easy, did some low-weight squats and cleans after my warm-up (where pushups didn’t break me, thankyouverymuch!) and did a couple of kettlebell snatches with 15# to see how it felt. All manageable! Game. On. 🙂

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I decided to go with the 400 meter run because, well, I AM a runner and I know I was going to go lower on the kettlebell weight. Kind of balanced it out in my mind. 🙂 I stuck with the 20# but I had a 15# standing by in case I needed to ease back. I broke the pushups into sets of 5 to give my upper body a little break. All in all, I feel great! And happy I got a good workout in. And, I’m hungry. 🙂

My favorite post-workout breakfast meal? 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt, 1 serving Cinnamon Puffins, and as much fruit as I can fit into the bowl. Tons of protein to help my muscles rebuild and get stronger. Doesn’t hurt that it’s delicious, too! Om nom nom!

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Important things to remember when recovering from an injury:

1. If it hurts, don’t do it. Seriously. This can be difficult for some people to remember.

2. Rest is good.

3. Practice active recovery – unless you’ve been advised by your doctor to do nothing … then, do nothing until you’re cleared to begin rehabilitation and active recovery. What’s active recovery? Low intensity exercise and stretching. Remember, you’re trying to come back from the injury, not revisit it all over again.

4. Don’t stress about it. Healing takes time and patience is key. No rushing!

COOKIES!

Snickerdoodles are my absolute favorite cookie, ever. You probably thought it was the peanut butter, didn’t you. I do love me some peanut butter. But, there’s just something about the snickerdoodle. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, all covered in a delicious cinnamon sugar coating – I can’t resist them! The only problem is finding a recipe that ISN’T made with vegetable shortening. Blech! I don’t want to feed that to anyone, not even my enemies! So, when I came across a recipe for chocolate snickerdoodles without a trace of shortening in them, it was love at first sight!

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A chocolate snickerdoodle?! It’s like a gift from heaven!

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Chocolate Snickerdoodles

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1 large egg
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, sift the flour with the baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter with 1 cup of the sugar until creamy. Add the melted chocolate and the egg and beat until smooth. Beat in the dry ingredients until incorporated.

2. In a shallow bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar with the cinnamon. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and roll in the cinnamon sugar. Transfer to 3 parchment paper-lined baking sheets and flatten to 2-inch rounds. (the bottom of a glass dipped into the cinnamon sugar mixture works wonders here!) Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the cookies are puffed and cracked. Transfer to racks and let cool, if you’re patient enough. Om nom nom!