Sunsets and Tens Units

Remember how I bought new running kicks on Tuesday with plans to run on Wednesday?

I had rested my injury for 2 full weeks post half marathon as instructed by the chiropractor!

Wednesday morning, I woke up and my leg was sore.  WTH?!  I have done ZERO exercise and only ran on Tuesday long enough to test out 3 pairs of shoes.  I ran for, what, 2 minutes?!

Fast forward to Friday and the leg is still sore.  I went back to my chiropractor tonight and she told me that when you injure the smaller tendons and muscles, it can take awhile to heal.  How long?  6-8 weeks!!!!!!!!  You can imagine my facial expressions but she quickly assured me that doesn’t mean I have to stop running.

She hooked me up to the tens unit with a heavy focus on my left buttocks and hamstring.  Gotta admit…it felt good!

Final verdict…less soreness in my leg after 15 minutes on the tens unit and an adjustment.  Doctor’s orders – I can jog 1/2 a mile a day.  I told her I don’t even have to dress in my running clothes for that – I can just do that in my stupid jeans!

My chiropractor said us runners are funny people and when we’re told we can’t run we have very obvious reactions to it.   Imagine that!

At least there was this amazing sunset to greet me as I left the doctor’s office!

Of course, I’d much rather be running while seeing this amazing sunset!

My next half marathon in November 4th.  My chiro said I should consider buying a tens unit so I can hook it up to myself after some of my harder runs.  SERIOUSLY considering that.

Do you have a tens unit?

Do you think I should try the half mile a day?  Do you see any benefit in that at all?

Got any fun plans this weekend?


I Crossed the Finish Line of the Boston Marathon…

On Monday I emailed K and told him I felt like I was depressed.  His response, “cause you are injured?”  My response was no.

Why was I depressed?

I wasn’t sure. I just wasn’t feeling happy.

Maybe it was because it was the anniversary of 9/11?  I’m not going to go in to all the reasons why 9/11 is so important to me but..9/11 changed my life completely.  Yesterday, I allowed myself to feel sad.  I watched the History channel all evening and cried when I wanted to cry.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with allowing yourself to relive that day and feel whatever emotions you feel – as long as you don’t cause harm or pain to anyone else!

A couple of things I’ve been doing this week is returning to the eating habits I had before my unemployment.  This week I’ve had my Fage yogurt, my vegetable soup, and my veggies as snacks during the day.  I haven’t paid a great deal of attention to my eating habits since I lost my job – I’ve had other things to consider.  But maybe I can help this “funk” I’m in by being better about what is going in to my mouth?!

Since I saw the chiro on Friday and she told me “no exercise,” I have followed her orders to the T!  I have always listened to every word and instruction my chiro has given and I bounce back as quickly as she says I will!  There have been days I’ve been tempted to go for a walk or come home and do some pilates but she said “NO EXERCISE” and being the rule follower that I am…I have done NO EXERCISE!!!  *gasp*  But today…there has been a significant difference in my leg.  There has been ZERO pain, some soreness at times but no pain!!  Do I dare to dream there may be a run in my near future?

I keep reading from people on Twitter and in blogs that fall is hitting the rest of the country.  In Phoenix..we don’t have fall.  We just go from “freakin’ hot as H.E. Double Hockey Sticks” to you can actually stand outside for a moment without bursting in to flames.  I love fall, especially in New England.  For the past two years, I was able to visit my sister in Boston around this time of year.  In fact..last year, I crossed the Boston Marathon as my sister watched on in hysterics!

Because I will never cross the finish line in the actual race, I went out on to the street, facing oncoming traffic and “crossed” the finish line.  True Story!!!

Did you register for Boston this week?

Do you follow doctor’s orders to the T?

Have you crossed the finish line of  the Boston Marathon?  For real or for fake (like me)?

Let’s Talk About My Injury..

I’ve been trying to catch up on my blog reading and it seems to be injury season!  Boo to that.  Speedy recovery wishes to all my blogger buddies!!

So it’s been one week since the half marathon and I’m still limping along, if you can believe it.

  • I have to lean against the bed to pull my pants on.
  • I can’t lift my left leg more than a couple inches off the ground without screaming.
  • If I get up too fast from a sitting position and turn to walk, I scream out in pain.
  • I’ve been using the heating pad to relax the muscle.
  • I haven’t been able to unpack from the trip because if I’m up and moving around too much, my leg gets super sore and painful.
  • I can hardly walk – running is out of the question.

Finally this past Thursday, K asked when I was going to see a doctor.  He wasn’t the first person to suggest it may be time for a doctor but when K suggests a doctor then maybe it’s really bad?!?

I called my chiropractor Friday morning and she agreed to see me after work Friday afternoon.  Once I got to her office, I explained to her all my problems and she told me it was the tendon connected to my rectus femoris.  She did all kinds of technical doctor talk and explaining how the muscle wraps around the leg and all the other doctor talk that made sense as she was telling me but please don’t ask me to repeat it here.  I told her about the presence of a bruise in the area I felt the most pain and she said that would have been from the tendon breaking blood vessels?  Don’t quote me – like I said, it makes sense when she’s talking but I forget a lot of exactly what she says as soon as I leave the office.  All I gathered was 1) I had done a doozy on myself and 2) there wasn’t much she could do for me.  When I asked her to break it down in “dummy” terms that I could relate to or possibly Google ideas on how to tape, she suggested the thigh abductor!

I’ve had hip alignment issues in the past that she’s treated me for so she adjusted me for that in hopes it would take some pressure off my rectus femoris issue.  Normally when I walk in to my chrio’s office with pain, I walk out with no pain at all.  Magic!  But this wasn’t the case on Friday.  She told me that I can do absolutely NO exercise for 2 weeks and that when I do start running again, I’ll have to take it slow.  Story of my life.  Get injured = start all over again.

Honestly, I walked out of her office feeling a mix of emotions:

  • Happy, it didn’t sound like anything too serious.
  • Satisfied, I had gotten a PR in spite of the whole thing!
  • Frustrated, I keep getting injured.  Maybe I’m not meant to be a runner?
  • Angry, I really hate the shoes I’m in and seem to have had nothing but problems since I started running in them.
  • Determined, I love running – nothing is going to stop me from sticking to it!

Friday night I found this video for tips on taping my injury.  It seems to be helping.  Trust me, I’ve tried taping my leg for a hamstring, quad, and groin injury and nothing seemed to help.  The only sense of relief I have felt with taping has been after following that video so, by golly, I think we’ve figured out what the problem is.

And since I really hate it when I don’t have pictures to add to a post..I’ll share with you this one.  After all, this is what it’s all about, folks, the BLING!!!!

Are you currently injured?

Did you know you had a rectus femoris? (I had no idea!!)

I’m in the market for a new pair of running shoes, what brand do you swear by?

Random Thoughts During Today’s 45 minute Run..

Ran at the indoor rec center this, here are some thoughts I had:

  1. Interesting, that dude is doing crunches and texting at the same time…brings new meaning to the term “multi tasking” if you ask me.  That takes talent.
  2. Wow!!  That dude is so gangsta he can’t even dress down while at the gym!!  Who lifts weights while decked out in all their gangsta gear?  That guy!!
  3. It is really unfortunate I can’t spit in here!
  4. Dude!!!  You’re going in the wrong direction on the running track. You’re gonna cause a chest-on collision!!
  5. I know people come to the gym to work out so they can attract someone who may want to make out with them.  But I didn’t realize couples come to the gym to make out! Strange!
  6. Sweet!  My husband isn’t ignoring me this time!!
  7. Ha ha ha!!  That girl totally lost her balance while trying to stand on that ball and talk on her phone.
  8. There is a lot more to keep me entertained when I run outdoors.  Watching people lifting weights and staring at themselves in the mirrors is not entertaining!!!  Almost stepping on dead birds…that’s entertainment!!!
  9. I really miss running outside and it’s only been a week..this is gonna be a long summer.
  10. I must call my chiro!!!
  11. Yes, I’m singing out loud with my music.  It controls my breathing.  What of it??
  12. If all my running gear doesn’t advertise to these strangers that I’m a runner then surely my race shirt does the trick!

Ran 4.3 miles in 45:44 minutes.  I beat last week’s “best time ever” and recorded an average pace of 10:38.  I’m stoked!!! As a side note, I called my chiro on the way out of the gym to schedule an appointment for next week. I think the ache in my right hip and (literal) pain on the left side of my bottom isn’t normal – need an adjustment!!!  Happy Friday!!

Leave a comment below and tell me how you like to unwind on a Friday!