I am SO SO SO glad that Andrew and I got to go out and ski together this week. I had completely forgotten how much I love to ski. It was so good to be out there and reminded of my love for it. I started skiing when I was 6 and it was something I did with my brothers and dad. Then once I was in high school I would go with my friends a bunch. Once I got pregnant with Brooke I didn’t go again until Tuesday. Andrew just switched over from snowboarding to skiing and luckily for me that means we are at the same level on skis ha (he normally is way better than me at this kind of stuff) so we wanted to do the same runs and race each other:)
It was a beautiful day at Sundance. This ski resort is about a 15 minute drive from my parent’s house so it is crazy easy to get there.
The sun kept us nice and warm and my quads working like crazy to keep me from flying too fast down the mountain kept me warm too.
All of these pictures are from Andrew’s Go-Pro!
I think for the first half of the day I was a little too fearless and going too fast and I took a bad fall:) But after that I was a little more cautious about it and slowed it down a bit. Andrew only fell one time too so we were happy to leave the mountain without any broken bones.
One of my favorite parts about skiing at Sundance are their sandwiches. This thing was a beast but perfect because skiing produces quite the hunger in me. + salt and vinegar chips.
+ this s’mores bar that we split.
And then we were back out doing our thing for a bit before leaving. Both of our legs felt like jello by the end.
We went back to my parent’s house afterwards to find my mom trying to knock down the huge icicles at their house!
Back together again.
While Andrew worked on some things at my parents’ house, Brooke and I made our favorite chocolate chip cookies for some of our neighbors.
Let’s talk about running now shall we? So the air quality where I live is at an unhealthy level… it’s bad here. Once we get another storm the air should clear up a bit but I’ve taken it to the treadmill every day so far this week to save my lungs. It’s a good thing I had a lot of shows to catch up on and reading to do this week;) Josse is in Hawaii right now (we swapped places). I’m excited for her to get back and for the air to clear up and get in a good run with her again!
One day 5 miles @ 8:45 pace and the other day 9 miles @ 8:15 pace. One speed workout to do before the end of the week and I have no idea when I will do it.
Knox is home again and we are all pretty happy about it. The kids don’t believe that Beretta is now older than them (she turned 5 on Tuesday) because they are taller than her… so we had to prove to them that Beretta is in fact taller than they are.
Andrew is on a pants streak… the last three days he has worn jeans (and shorts only one of those nights when we went to my parent’s house). I think winter has finally got to him a bit;)
A picture from Beretta’s bday… Brooke couldn’t wait to give her a bone.
To answer the would you rather question about crunchy or soggy cereal… I am one of those weird few that prefer soggy cereal. I know. I don’t know how to change though so I just let it sit in my bowl for a few minutes before eating it. Also, I don’t know if I have ever just had one bowl of cereal (unless I am about to go on a run and don’t want to be stuffed)… 2 bowls is my jam.
Happy to see this scene again. I am pretty sure they forget I exist though when they are together but that is for the best. Although, they magically remember me again if they are having a disagreement or they are hungry.
I thought this box from Costco was a perfect photo opportunity with them.
Some nights we eat spiral zucchini/squash for our pasta and some nights we eat the good ol’ normal noodles. Team spaghetti/lasagna over here for life.
Since I posted about my stress fracture problem that I had on Tuesday I have received a bunch of emails asking for more info about stress fractures/what happened etc so I thought I would explain it all in one place!
Rewind to 2011… I was training for the Boston Marathon and determined to get a sub 3 marathon (I ran a 3:04 marathon a few months previously). I was underweight and did not fuel or refuel properly. Each workout that I did was either HARD or medium hard. I didn’t really understand that our recovery is just as important as our training. Along with running pretty much every day, I was also teaching cycling classes a few times a week and burning way more calories than I was eating. I remember my right leg starting to hurt really bad one day on a run. It kept getting worse (I also didn’t understand the idea of STOPPING when there is pain) to the point it hurt to just stand on one leg at a time. I eventually went in to see a dr. who took an x-ray of the area and told me that it wasn’t a stress fracture (stress fractures don’t really show up on an x-ray until it has started to heal when they can see the calcification on the bone) so I went to physical therapy for a few weeks. PT was not helping so I went back to my sports doctor for another x-ray and sure enough I had a stress fracture in BOTH femurs (one was much smaller than the other). I think I cried for 2 days straight, I was so sad to be missing out on Boston. My siblings had paid for my plane tickets to get to Boston, I had bought my bib and I felt like sub 3 was GOING to happen there… I was really bummed/frustrated/angry/sad/every emotion ever. I had a bone scan done and it said I had osteopenia (which I was able to reverse and get my bones back to a normal level later on).
Now I don’t remember all of the details but I am pretty sure it took about 4 months to heal before I could return to running again. Returning to running involved running 1 mile every other day and then slowly building up from there. My legs didn’t feel pain when I started to run again but I did feel a dull ache in them, which my doctor warned me about. Patience is your best friend when returning to running after a stress fracture. It is worth the wait. During my time away from running I stuck to the pool (I swam a lot and my dr. said that was okay as long as it didn’t hurt, which it didn’t). I did upper body strength workout, I took some time off from teaching cycling and started doing yoga after a while of healing.
After my femoral stress fractures I had another stress fracture or two in other areas but I have a few reasons why I think (no research behind this.. just my own thoughts but I assume they are right) I personally don’t get stress fractures anymore (knock on wood)…
*EASY DAYS. I don’t go hard every day (or even close to every day). I do way more easy miles than hard miles. I probably do 2 days hard and the rest easyish. Even when I was training for faster times last year with a coach and hitting my PR in the 1/2 marathon, I was running a lot of EASY miles. Our body needs those to preform their best.
*If something is bothering me while I am running, I take time off. I don’t try to run through it. There is not a race out there that makes it worth it to risk my health. I’d rather take a few days off or even a few weeks than a few months off or more.
*I started taking rest days seriously… instead of taking my rest days from running as a day to go crazy in some other way of exercise, I truly rest.
*I gained weight. Increasing my body fat percentage and gaining some lbs helped me to build my bones to be stronger and healthier. While I was underweight that brought about a loss of bone mineral density from my low estrogen levels which made my bones more brittle. I was able to bring back my cycle by upping my body fat. I ate a lot more dietary fat, proteins, whole grains and ate more calories than I was burning. It was quite hard on me mentally to do this but I hit rock bottom at this point and realized I could no longer live this way and I NEEDED to get the one body that I have, healthy.
*I stick to my happy place mileage wise. I know where my body is happy and I stick there. Our bodies can all handle different amounts of stress and we need to stick to what is best for us personally… not what we see all of the other runners on social media doing.
The end:) Let me know if you have any other questions! This was my experience with stress fractures and I know they happen from all sorts of different ways but this is what happened to me!
Ever had a stress fracture? Where? How long did it take to recover?
How has your training changed over the years? Have you ever done WAY too much for you?
When you are injured and can’t run… what type of workouts do you do?
What is your workout today?