Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Going Bananas

I'm going bananas! Figuratively and literally.....
This rainy, cold weather has really gotten to me. If the old saying of "April showers brings May flowers, " then May is going to be a flower jungle around here. Everything is so soggy and wet. In order to cope, I do what I know works best for my cabin fever- bake!
We're baking peanut butter-banana bread this evening. Of course I found a recipe and totally revamped it (to try to make it a tad healthier) -
I'm renaming it Peanut Better Banana Bread!

Recipe:
2.5 cups spelt flour
3.5 teaspoons baking powder
Blend these 2 together in a bowl.
In separate bowl, mix:
1 cup mashed bananas
1 cup vanilla-flavored almond milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 agave nectar
3/4 cup PB
Add dry ingredients to wet, pour into greased loaf pan, bake @ 350 for 50-60 minutes.

I had a little monkey helping me in the kitchen!




I'll let ya know how it turns out.

In other news, I'm headed to the Podiatrist tomorrow to see what he can do about my mechanical flaws!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mechanical Flaw

I went to PT on Thursday and after evaluating my gait, leg strength, and running style, the PT thinks that I have a "mechanical flaw." Of course! A flaw - I should've known.
Here's the quick of the long:
1. Muscle strength is good. He said my right hamstrings and glutes are a little weaker than the lefts.
2. Range of motion - not an issue.
3. When I walk, my right hip externally rotates a little; it does it a little less when I jog and even a little less when I run faster.
3. My shoes are probably fine.
4. I over pronate (roll my foot inward when it hits the ground) - more on the right than on the left.
5. All of the tests he did on my knee couldn't produce pain, pretty much ruling out meniscus issues (thank goodness).
6. Could reproduce pain upon running.

Summary - I have pain in my left knee because my right leg is a little weird! Surprise - I'm weird!
He recommended a trip to the podiatrist to look into custom-made orthotics for my shoes - something rigid to keep me from overpronating.
I have an appointment for this coming Wednesday!
I gotta get back on track - the Cresson 5K is less than a month away.

Monday, April 11, 2011

It's kinda like a swap shop....

I decided today that it's time to trade in my running/knee pain for some rehab (makes me think of that Amy Winehouse song "They tried to make me go to rehab and I said No No No." )
Thursday morning is my first PT appointment - I'm so happy that I have access to a rehab right on campus and know the PTs well. I am very lucky in that respect.

Bummed?  Yes! I thought this would just pass on it's own but after yesterday's run, it's obvious that it needs more attention that my current strategy (you know, ignore it and it'll go away). Obviously, the "what you resists, persists" is in full effect here.

Embarassed? A tad. I don't want to be known as the 'gal who used to run.' I also don't want people to see me struggling to achieve a 3-miler while I'm telling them that, "Yeah! I swear I was running 10 -11 miles with ease and at a good pace."

Humbled? You bet. I had a pretty high level of confidence about my running abilities. Now, I'm just thrilled to get a couple of decent workouts in each week. It also makes me look at my abilities in a different light. I was talking (er, complaining) with one of my students about how I trained so long and couldn't run and then I ended with something like, "I know I should be happy that I can even have the chance to train." And he said that on his recent clinical rotation there was a poster in the OT clinic that said, "I used to complain about my shoes until I met a man with no feet."

Hopeful? No doubt! I know this is temporary and rehabing my knee will help ensure a longer running career! I can't wait to get back out on the roads - hoping this will happen sooner vs. later.

I'm sure I'll have an update later in the week.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sometimes a run is a run

I ran a 5K this morning. It wasn't my worst time, but nowhere near my best. My knee did fine until about 2.5 miles into the run; then she started acting up and I finished with it hurting. The 5K run was part of the closing ceremony for the SFU Relay for Life- definitely a worthy cause!
My time: 28:49
At least I ran the entire way, no stopping (slowing, but not stopping).
I did better than expected, but not as well as I hoped for.
Not all runs are good runs; today's run was a run. It was more of a test to see how the 'ol knee would do. Guess I found out.
Man, I gotta get this under control - it's just the start of the running season and I got a lot of runs on my list.

Gotta love my little running buddy - he ran the Tot Trot and came in 2nd!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Don't go getting all jealous!

I love water bottles - it's really no secret. But I do restrain myself from buying too many.
I came home today to find this homemade, one-of-a-kind water bottle in the cup cupboard.
 Sorry, I'm not sharing!

Specs:
*Recyclable and refillable
* Hand strap for ultimate portability
* Lid lock - the lid is screwed onto the duct-taped tag - I'll never drop that baby!
* Silver (matches almost everything)
*Reinforced plastic - makes it just that much more durable


In conclusion, I have only 1 thing to say...........
You might be a redneck if..........

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Good!

This is going to save my life:

It's an AMT (Adaptive Motion Trainer) - I did 35:00 on this today and not even 1 tiny bit of tightness or pain in my knees. It was a whole-body workout and I worked just as hard, if not harder, as running!

You can imagine that this totally made my day. I really don't even care about the physical activity I got today; the boost of confidence and psychological impact it made is more than words can say.
It's a new day - no more poo-pooing over my knees. It's time to get back up and running!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

It Helps

I should be in the car, on my way to my first 1/2 marathon adventure but as you've read in my previous posts, after 2 weeks of debating, I decided to put it on hold.

It really sucks to come to that decision after the intense weeks of training and feeling fine throughout. I keep thinking, "Why couldn't all of this wait 2 weeks?" and "maybe if I would've just trained up to 10 or 11 miles, this wouldn't have happened," and "I wonder if people are going to think I'm a loser or a quitter?"

That last question seems to be bothering me the most. It's been answered many times over, by friends and family. Obviously no one is going to tell me, "Yeah, Amy, I think you should just go out there and try it even though you might have pain in your knee for 10 miles." Everyone has been so supportive and through all the comments, I think I'm going to be OK with it (except around 11am this morning - when all the other halfers are lined up and taking off). I think it's important for me to share some of the words that I've gotten - you need to know how supportive my family and friends are and I need a place where I can put all those comments (just in case I need to come back to reread them -like @ 11am this morning- when all the other halfers are lined up and taking off).

"Take care of your knee now so you can continue to run long term." - Jeremy

"It's just a learning experience. In a long running career there are bound to be injuries. Now you'll have your first 'missed race' under your belt and you can move on."  - Sue C.

"You also know now that you can do all the training and get to the point where you are ready for a [big] race."  - Sue C

"Sorry to hear about the 1/2 marathon - but just think, you already have so many miles under your belt this early in the year!! You can maintain those miles pretty well."  -Sarah

"It's kinda like you did all your chores but don't get to eat ice cream..... ie. you did all the training during the crappy weather but don't get to race."  -Mike 

"Welcome to the world of running!"  - Art

"No need to be embarrassed. You are going great with it. "  -Sandy
 
"I am so sorry!! But you know what?!.....welcome to running!! :) It happens, and you taking care of your body first means only one thing....you are officially a TRUE runner!! It is only a race!!!! There will be many more!!! ;)
The worst thing you can do is get caught up in the frustration and disappointment of it all. "All that work"...is not for nothing. You can still count all you have accomplished and take great pride in how far you have come.
It is SO much better to take care of your body, than to really cause damage and miss months of running. It is a little hiccup---and really, it is just a part of this sport you have come to love. I guarantee you won't find a runner out there that doesn't have a story of training for SOMETHING--only to sprain an ankle in the yard, get food poisoning or something equally ridiculous that ruins the big day. But you get better and you hit the road again. The good news is, Spring is right around the corner, and with it LOTS of opportunities to race!!"
-Amy

 
"So sorry!
That is just such a bummer, I know. Injuries are the worst. But, sometimes you need a layoff for whatever reason and you end up coming back even stronger. I hope that is the case!"

"First of all, you are not a failure if you do not run race! Look at all you have done in the past year...failure is the last thing you are. It is just one race...there will be more! You know you are able to survive the training and you have run a half already...timed race or not! just see how you feel this week. If you have to walk more than you thought ...no big deal...if you just can't do it..no big deal. you don't want to mess yourself up for a longer time period if you push it too far!"   -Christa

So, of course in runner fashion, I'm thinking WHAT'S NEXT? When can I run again? I think I'm going to consult with PT and get on a 'rehab' track and in the mean time, just cross train like hell so I can maintain some level of fitness. Then it'll be back on the roads running all over the place and feeling good again.

So in 2 hours, when the halfers line up and I'm not there, I will be rereading this post because
IT HELPS!

Thanks xoxo