I’ve got a new HRG BABY POST for you today! 29 week update and some talk on running and fertility! Check it out here!
Thank you so much for the sweet birthday wishes yesterday. I read them all to Knox in the car and he loved them! Knox had the perfect day! We partied hard and did all of his favorite things! I feel so beyond lucky to be a part of his life. He is the sweetest little boy that just wants to be friends with everyone he comes in contact with… he is a good example to all of us! (Birthday party with his friends is coming up next!)
My day started off nice and early on the treadmill yesterday! I had two really good things going for me before this run… I had the best night of sleep I have had in a year (seriously… I didn’t wake up once and I slept for 8.5 hours) and I had This Is Us to watch while I was running. The episode was everything I could have ever wanted. This season is going to be amazing. I dare say, I love this show even more than Parenthood (I know, that is a very big thing to say but it is true).
7 miles @ 9:40 pace…. Most of the run was done @ 6.0 mph and during the commercials I would bump up the speed for a few minutes.
My version of pregnant fartleks!
The night before Brooke requested that I wear her sticker for my run. Random but my garmin used to be pretty close to what my treadmill said as far as distance. I did about .5 miles of walking around the house and getting Brooke going for school but still, that is 1.1 miles off from the treadmill saying I did 7 miles. Is your GPS on with your treadmill running or not so much?
Then we took Brooke to school. She had her new skeleton gloves which she loved.
This is her ‘spooky’ face.
A bit later Knox came home and we started the celebrating!
When we picked up Brooke from school they gave each other a hug. The first thing Knox told Brooke was that he was FIVE so now they are the same age again.
We did presents and Brooke gave him a sweet card.
And then there was a lot of pizza.
We went to see the Ninjago movie… We always pay for four seats but somehow the kids think that just using two of the seats is the best idea.
From there we went over to my parents’ house so they could see Knox on his birthday.
Thanks a lot mom for Knox’s gift…
It’s just what we wanted… My mom is a funny one.
PS a great tip from my dad… he wraps his bananas in plastic wrap (and then reuses the plastic wrap for the next round:) to keep them from going bad! He says they last SO much longer this way! He is an inventor… trust his ideas:)
Knox’s next request was a stop at Cornbelly’s…
We got lost for a while in the corn maze.
And this kettle corn was amazing!
Who is going to be at Boston in 2018… a 3:23 cutoff time under your age-group standards to get in this year… wow.
Oh how I wish that injuries were NOT a part of running. But they are and they always will be. They are incredibly frustrating because we are trying to do something that is healthy for our bodies and yet it stops us from doing what we love to do. We are trying to take care of ourselves and boom.. an injury stops us in our tracks! We work SO hard to get to whatever running fitness we are at and sometimes that fitness gets taken away by an injury. Anytime any of you leave a comment talking about your current running injury it breaks my heart and I wish that I could take it away for you! I’m kind of all over the place with where I want this post to go so I’ll do what I love doing when I feel like I have a million things to talk about… talk in bullet points:
(A picture from 6.5 years ago when my sister and I were both injured and going to the PT together)
PS this is all just my opinion:)
*How do you know when you are good to go to try running again? If you are working with a doctor/pt then listen closely to them. There is no reason to run sooner than when they tell you to run and if you think they are wrong, go for a second opinion before running again:) If it is a minor injury where you aren’t working with a doctor, then you are going to have to become your body’s BEST LISTENER and listen very closely to whatever it is telling you. For me personally, I wait about 2-3 days AFTER my body stops hurting to start running again. IE if my foot stops hurting on a Tuesday, I don’t run again until Thursday/Friday to really make sure that it is okay. Sometimes injuries will come and go for me a bit but if I can go a few days without feeling any pain than usually for me that means I am good to run again.
*How do you come back from injury without getting too frustrate? My biggest advice… come back SLOWLY. Do less than you think you should and if you are working with a doctor, absolutely 100% follow their instructions on your comeback. After my femoral stress fractures I thought it would be a good idea to jump up my mileage again quickly afterwards and what did that result in= a stress fracture in my tibia= even more time off. YOU WILL get frustrated (I promise.. we all do;) and you will feel like you could/should be doing more BUT learn from me and don’t let those things convince you to jump back into running quickly. It really depends on the injury but for ME I have done things like one mile every other day for a week or two and then gradually picking up my mileage from there. Talk to your doc/pt/coach to come up with a plan that gets you moving again but also keeps you from getting re-injured or a new injury. It’s going to be frustrating and it’s going to be hard at times… you might feel like you are starting from scratch again and it’s hard when what used to be an easy run feels like a speed workout. When those frustrating days come, don’t focus on where you used to be… focus on where you are NOW and how ridiculously happy you are to be running again!
*Make up your mind, right this second that YOU are going to come back stronger and smarter than ever with your running. You can make that decision and it is quite empowering. Decide that you are going to let your body fully heal so that when you can run again, you are going to do your absolute best!
*Resilience definition: the capacity to recovery quickly from difficulties; toughness. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. Resiliency is one of my favorite topics to really think about when I’m injured (or going through any tough thing in life). I try (key word, try) to be as resilient as possible when it comes to an injury. I used to tell my students about the difference between a bouncy ball and a rock when talking about being resilient. We have two choices in life—> we can be the bouncy ball or the rock. Something bad happens and we hit the ground…. do we bounce back or do we just stay there on the ground (like the rock) and not progress. Be the bouncy ball. Become resilient through this injury and bounce back (after a few days or weeks or whatever you need of crying/feeling sad/etc). You are strong. Rise above your setbacks and keep proving the fact that runners know how to bounce back and keep fighting for their goals.
*FIND another passion. It doesn’t have to be a forever passion but for the 6-8 weeks or whatever it takes to get you up and running again, focus your attention and extra energy somewhere new. You might find some other things that you really love to do. Extra points if your new passion gets you outside and enjoying the fresh air too. This whole job of mine right now is kind of a result of an injury… I was injured, needed something to do and decided to start writing about running and it has turned into a 7 year passion so far that I am so beyond thankful for. Sometimes these injuries can be a blessing in disguise because it might help us to find something new that we love. I thank my femoral stress fractures for getting to have Brooke… it was the injury that woke me up to fixing my amenorrhea so I could get healthy enough to have a baby. We learn more about ourselves (and how strong we are) and it definitely helps us to feel more empathetic for others that experience similar things.
*Jump in the pool (if your doc allows you to and it doesn’t hurt). I’ve spent 100’s of hours in the pool doing pool running and while it isn’t running, it gave me some endorphins. It helped me keep up with my running fitness and it helped me focus on something else besides my lame body not acting the way I wanted it to. Runners love routine and having my pool running to do throughout the week helped me to continue that feeling of having a schedule. I have a few pool running posts here and here for you to check out. Find ways to move (that do not hurt you) that can keep you positive during a frustrating time. I’ve gotten into yoga, swimming, pool running, lifting and biking during times of injury and that has really helped me during times of injury!
*Sign up for another race! Raise your hand if you have had to cancel your race plans because of an injury. It is the worst. I totally agree with you. BUT something that helps me the most when that happens, sell all of your possessions (I kid, kind of) to sign up for another race that you will be able to do once you are healed that is EVEN COOLER than the race you are missing out on. Set a bigger goal, find all of the positives of your new race plans and study your guts out on how you will train for this next race.
*Running isn’t going anywhere. It will always be there for you when you are ready to come back to it. Just don’t drive along popular running spots because it’s really hard not to be jealous when you see other runners out there;)
A few other posts that might help you if you are struggling with an injury or coming back from an injury:
One more reminder to check out another Baby UPDATE!
Ever wear your garmin/running watch while running on the treadmill? Is it pretty close on the distance or not so much?
Who got in to Boston for 2018?!
Have any random great tips/life hacks like my dad’s plastic wrap one? SHARE PLEASE… I love these!
What gets you through an injury?