Super fun that we are back to glove weather here in Utah for my morning runs. At least I can still wear shorts… if we go back to running tights because of snow, I’m really going to throw a fit or something.
The kids had a great morning together playing and hanging out with Beretta before Knox left with his mom for the day.
Brooke and I headed out to spend some time together.
We first went to a bday celebration for some of our girls!
180 Tacos is another Utah must-try if you ever visit. Cascabel chicken salad and cascabel chicken soup (aka I really have a thing for their cascabel chicken).
And then the two of us spent the afternoon swimming at an indoor pool.
Pretty excited about her new flamingo swimsuit!
And this is how you know you had a good time at the pool… prune hands. I think we went around the lazy river approximately 58 times.
We got home, showered and I got to work while Andrew was studying. Brooke was coloring and then she just came over to Andrew, put her head on him and fell asleep.
Beretta felt like it would be a good idea to to join Brooke. Swimming is exhausting, I get it.
Tis’ the season for COWBOY CAVIAR. This stuff is heavenly. Please make it soon and tell me about how much you loved it.
We also had an amazing watermelon from Costco… when looking for watermelons we are all about searching for as many bee sting marks as possible on the watermelon. We figure if the bees are trying to get to a particular one like crazy, it must be sweet and perfect. This one was beyond sweet.
One of the many great things about Cowboy Caviar is how well it goes with everything else… you can put it on so many different things. My favorite is on top of a sweet potato and these chicken and cheese nachos were amazing too.
Round two happened at 9:09 pm… this stuff is good.
Ya know what I think is one of the hardest parts about running? Knowing whether whatever you are feeling is just a little discomfort and not a big deal or if what you are feeling is an injury (or soon to be injury). It is a tough call and a lot of times if you really can’t tell, you should definitely visit your doctor, pt or chiropractor but there here are some things you can think about when determining whether it is an injury or not:
“Injury: Lingering or sharp pain that causes gait change, compensation and stress in other areas of the body, and mental anguish.
Discomfort: Doesn’t change gait, dissipates with movement or over time, low level pain that dissipates, slightly uncomfortable but not stressful.” (source)
There have been a few times where I was definitely in the injury denial phase. Once, I was running on the treadmill with a quad injury that was completely causing me to limp (gait change) and a friend that saw me at the gym told me it was time to get off the treadmill and go see my doctor. She was so right. I took 5 complete weeks off from running after that. If whatever is happening with your body is causing your form/gait/stride to change… it’s time to take a step back and get the problem fixed. Even if it is a small injury, the change in your form/gait/stride is most likely going to cause an injury too;)
Discomfort is different. For me, this is when I have something bugging me that takes a mile or two to go away during a run. It is a little uncomfortable but I’m definitely not thinking about it a lot during the run (if running with an injury, that is pretty much ALL I can think about). Discomfort is kind of part of running (in my opinion). It’s hard, my body is telling me to quit constantly and especially when I am doing hard workouts, discomfort is my middle name.
My current motto is if the pain/niggle/problem is taking the fun out of running for me—> I STOP. If it is just a little annoyance every now and then or if it just lasts for the warm-up then I adjust my training a bit but keep running. Injuries take all of the fun out of running for me so there is zero point to keep running for me.
Stress fractures are tricky, I think, to really know because sometimes the pain has just started out super dull for me… and then it leads to much more. I have noticed a pain and it was probably a stress reaction that then turned into a stress fracture. Stress fractures are most common in the shins and feet but they can also happen in the femurs and hips! Some of these symptoms include “swelling, pain, tenderness over a specific spot, increased pain and swelling with activity, earlier onset of pain with successive workouts and continued pain even at rest as damage progresses.” (source) I definitely take it as a big red flag if something is hurting when I’m NOT running!!
When in doubt, take time off (and go see someone to check you out). I’d rather take a few days off for discomfort that I’m worried might be an injury than run through an injury that I think might just be discomfort and be forced to take months off!
And if you do have to take time off, there are so many different cross-training things you can talk to your doctor about… pool-running is my favorite!
PS the 5 most common running injuries that happen—> Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendinitis, IT Band Syndrome, Shin Splints and Runner’s Knee… I’ve had 4/5 of those injuries in the past. I haven’t struggled with any achilles problems (that I can remember)… knock on wood.
Be prepared if you do get an injury in the future… Runner’s Jealousy is real and I experience it big time with each injury;) Just remember that you will come back a stronger and smarter runner! Before you know it, after treating your body to some rest and much needed recovery, you will be back out there with everyone else enjoying (ehhh working hard) those miles!
Have you had one or more of the 5 most common running injuries? Which one(s)?
How do you know whether or not to run through something? When it is an injury?
On what days of the week do you usually do your more difficult workouts for the week?
-Usually Tuesday/Thursday because I don’t love doing workouts on Mondays so T/Th just feels right and it gives me time to recovery before my weekend longer run.
Would you rather have fresh berries stocked in your home 100% of the year or perfect watermelon stocked in your home 100% of the year?