Well hello chickaroo’s. It is already Wednesday and I still haven’t washed my hair. Don’t worry mom, I have showered plenty but I have trained my hair to obey my commands and live without a little shampoo for a few days. TMI, sorry. You knew what you were getting yourself into when you started following my blog. Just imagine how Billy feels. I think the fact that I made him a cheesyrific meal last night makes up for everything……maybe tonight I will make him snickerdoodles (they must have a crisp exterior but super soft and almost doughy on the inside) to make up for the hair issue.
Leaving right now for a speedy12 miles outside on a trail while Billy rides his bike (who am I? Oh yeah, I am doing whatever it takes to rock Boston including running when it is cold outside and on trails that kick my trash. I was supposed to go in the morning but I SLEPT IN!!) and I am teaching spin tonight.
Time to answer some questions mmkay?
Today’s question comes from……Gloryrunning
“Questions: I LOVE to run – but when I trained hard I kept getting injured. What did you do while you were coming back from your knee injury, and what sorts of things do you do NOW to prevent injuries from your level of milage?”
The reason that I started a blog last fall was because I was injured (so, I guess it was a blessing in disguise). I had been stalking running/food blogs for a long time and finally decided to start my own (actually it was Billy’s idea, he even came up with the name) because I had so much extra energy and time on my hands without running.
What I did while coming back from my knee injury:
-Crosstrained ridiculous amounts of time so that I didn’t loose my cardiovascular fitness. Think 5-6 spin classes a week, pump, swimming, elliptical and stair climber. (If your injury is more serious than mine was you will have to cut back on crosstraining too:( I didn’t run for 2 whole months!
-Researched my brains out (through the internet and books) on how to heal faster and what to do in the future to prevent an injury.
-Don’t be tempted to cut back your calories when you are injured and can’t run. I know that it is hard but your body NEEDS nutrients and energy to heal itself properly and quickly.
-Remember that running/working out isn’t EVERYTHING. There are a lot of areas that you can focus your talents and skills on when you can’t run (I turned to writing, baking and biking).
How I prevent injuries now….
-Take a rest day every week.
-Ice bath after every long run and ice any areas that are bugging you throughout the day. (That is ice in my hand incase you were wondering why I put this picture up besides the fact that it looks like I am bald).
-Stretch lots….I used to skip this part but now I ALWAYS stretch after a run.
-I take glucosamine daily (you can find it on my gear tab and it is used for joint health).
-If ANYTHING starts to hurt that seems serious (not talking about your muscles just feeling tired), ease back!!! Listen to your body.
-Change the way I run and wear more minimalist shoes. I am slowly learning to heel strike less and that is helping my knees out big time.
Also, I think it is important to remember that genetics play a big role in injuries. Some people’s bodies can handle 180 (Paula Radcliffe) miles a week and some can handle 20. Do what is best for your body!!!
Reason #454 to be a teacher. Your students bring you your favorite candy when it is nearing the end of the term. Yes, I can be bribed.
What injuries have you had and how did you deal with them?
How do you prevent injuries?
I know I ask this question a lot but what is your favorite candy? (I ask this a lot because mine changes weekly)
-This week is Sour Patch Kids.
PS Check out Chelsey’s AMAZING cookbook giveaway!