Chase:Every:Second

Enjoying every second of life and running.


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The Sinus Infection from H-E-Double Hockey Sticks

I was hoping to have some fun posts to share including our first 5K race of the 2014 season, but instead sickness has been running rampant in our household. First, Chase got a cold and had a runny nose and cough for about a week, which then turned into an ear infection complete with fevers. She wasn’t sleeping well and finally with antibiotics and Tylenol we got her more comfortable. After a good four days of bad sleep I was ready to catch up on rest and get back to normal, but instead Rob and I both got hit BAD with the same thing. For next two weeks we’ve been severely congested and having fevers. During this time Chase’s ear infection cleared up in her right ear and then moved to the left ear. It has been completely exhausting. Needless to say I haven’t been running, heck I’ve been barely functional in general. So I’ve missed 3 weeks of training and I’m behind at work and my studies from taking care of Chase and then being sick myself.

We didn’t run St. Pat’s 5K in town on Sunday. I wasn’t completely sad about that since the temp was in the 20s and we had 30 mph winds.

We are looking at some other spring races. We do have the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon early April and I will be running with basically no training. The longest run I’ve done is 8 miles and that was over a month ago. I’ll still be going, but my goal will be just to complete it.

Since my training is all messed up, I think I may just restart my training plan with a focus on RNR Chicago Half Marathon July 20th. At least then I can start to slowly build back my training and just endure the couple of half marathons I have this spring.


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Chase Week 7 – Preparing for big changes

Week 7:

Week 7 brought with it fussiness that appears to be colic. I could set a clock to the afternoon/evening times that have caused Chase to be unhappy and uncomfortable. We have been doing everything to help her with different soothing methods and holds. We also have tried gas drops and gripe water (not together, we did them different days). While both provided some comfort, it appears that the gripe water has worked the best for her.

I’ve also given up dairy, caffeine, and nuts as they may also contribute to gas and fussiness. It’s a guessing game if foods are contributors so instead of eliminating one at a time I went ahead and restrict them now. If there is even a slight chance that it will make Chase feel better then it’s worth it.

All of this fussiness has meant that Chase wants to be held for all of the time. She immediately gets upset if I get up to use the bathroom, get a drink of water, etc. My priority is to keep her comfortable, especially through this fussy period so I haven’t accomplished anything around the house or did any workouts this week. Since it’s my last week at home with Chase before I return to work, the bright side is I’m getting in lots of snuggles.

It’s going to be hard to leave Chase at daycare and return to work. It will be a big change for all of us. I can’t imagine how getting ready in the mornings will go or how I will ever fit working out back into my routine. My head is filled with stress of will I have enough breast milk for daycare and for times that I need to workout or for social occasions where I can’t breastfeed….what if Chase struggles to nap at daycare without me there…..how will we manage Chase’s night time feedings with both of us working…..when she is fussy how will I function on little sleep…will there ever be a good time for even 30 minutes of exercise a day…..with our schedules should I back off some of my race plans until Chase is older…..and so on. I’m having to tell myself that no matter how disorganized things may feel for awhile, that what’s most important will get accomplished one way or the other.

Week 7 Photos

Our sweet baby! I’m so sorry that she had such a tough week.

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I was delayed in posting this because of the whirlwind of colic and also preparing for getting into the work/daycare routine. More posts about milestones, baby products and workouts to come!


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Chase Weeks 5 & 6 – Soaking up time with her

Time with Chase has been just wonderful! I would write a longer post about everything, but I need that time with Chase. Here is a quick post about the past couple of weeks.

Week 5 Photos

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Bloomers – Etsy Store: BloominBloomers, Pug Onesie – Etsy Store: SquishyBee

Headband – Etsy Store (no longer available)

Week 6 Photo

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Headband – Etsy Store: CutieButtsBoutique, Dress – gift

Week 5 and 6 Milestones:

She is sleeping in larger chunks at night of 3-4 hours and gets up twice an evening for a diaper change and feeding. Her naps are more stretched out from originally 30-45 minutes and then wanting up to feed to 2 hours. When she is up, she is more interactive and for longer periods of time. We play on her play mat, do tummy time, sing, tell stories, and show her new toys or textures. She is rolling from her back to her side, which is exciting. During her tummy time she really gets her legs moving like she is ready to walk. It’s going to be crazy to see her take off crawling and then walking! It’s also fun to see her genuine smiles for us or for something funny going on than just for gas. She cracks up often and loves us entertaining her.

Week 5 and 6 Workouts:

I’m still getting in workouts when they fit based on that particular day. I haven’t time for workout DVDs lately, but I have been able to pick up my free weights and get in some reps when Chase is napping.

Monday 7/15: Off

Tuesday 7/16: 2 Miles (‘Hood, 18:49, 9:25 Pace)

Wednesday 7/17: Off

Thursday 7/18: 1.13 Miles (Treadmill, 0.5% Incline, 9:52, 8:44 Pace)

Friday 7/19: 2 Miles (Treadmill, 0.5% Incline, 17:15, 8:38 Pace)

Saturday 7/20: Off

Sunday 7/21: Weights, 3 Miles (Treadmill, 0.5% Incline, 23:56, 7:59 Pace)

Weekly Totals:

Run: 8.13 Miles

Strength: 1 Time

Monday 7/22: Off

Tuesday 7/23: Weights

Wednesday 7/24: 3.05 Miles Walk (‘Hood, 53:22, 17:30 Pace), 2.3 Miles (‘Hood, 21:16, 9:15 Pace)

Thursday 7/25: 1.61 Miles Walk (‘Hood, 27:15, 16:56 Pace), 2.29 Miles (‘Hood, 20:02, 8:45 Pace)

I will have some races coming up in August. I know that I will be running slower paced than I have in years and I will completely die, but it’s going to feel so good to get out there and be back at it again. 🙂


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Chase – 1 Month Old – How time flies!

We can’t believe Chase is already 1 month old! It really feels like we just left the hospital last week or something. It’s just amazing that labor and delivery is now a month ago, that just seems unreal.

Chase has really been doing some growing up in the last couple of weeks. She is eating more and sleeping longer. We still have our days/nights were it doesn’t go smoothly, but at least there seem to be less and less of those.

She is really bulking in up, which is awesome to see. We did a check on her since the last time 8 days ago and she has gained another pound! So she is ahead of the .5 – 1 ounce a day requirement.

Month 1 Pictures

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Headband – Von Maur, Dress – BabyGap

Month 1 – Lessons Learned/Tips

I wanted to capture some things that I felt that we’ve learned over the last month with raising Chase.

  • I set loose goals for the day. Like, “send out birth announcements” , “Chase naps in her room”, or “take a shower”. I may only get to sending one baby announcement that day or only get one of her naps to happen in her room, but that’s something. I’ve learned to let go of having a more set list for the day. What really happens that day depends on how Chase is feeling. Is she well rested, is she going through a growth spurt, etc. So I just have a loose list of things to do ready at all times in case an opportunity arrises to get something accomplished.
  • Babies crave structure. We try to keep a similar routine through each day regardless if it’s a weekday or weekend. It’s not like Chase is going to get that it’s Saturday so it’s okay to sleep in. Even if she doesn’t jive with the morning or afternoon, it’s okay. We just keep attempting the same set of activities: feeding, changing, play in the afternoon, bath and book at bedtime, etc. I’ve noticed that she seems to be taking to the routine more and more each week. She settles down more easily into her naps and doesn’t seem as upset by changing diapers, etc.
    • One of my favorite times is listening to music with Rob and Chase before bedtime. It’s like our own mini-concert moment. 🙂
    • Also I love story time and having Rob read to us. 🙂
  • My friend Natalie is a new mom this May and she provided me some good advice. In all cases of trying to get a baby used to something, you just try it and some days it may not work and you just have to step back and say “okay today is not the day for it” and then try again tomorrow.
  • Learning your baby is key. Chase loves to be close so I was excited to use our Ergo Baby or K’Tan sling to have her close to me and get both hands free. However, something Chase also loves is to stretch her legs out and kick a lot. If she can’t do that, she freaks out. Based on her size right now her legs can’t hang free in either sling so she hates them both. Perhaps in time she will like it, but it’s just going to be a trial and error, and responding to what Chase seems to like. Or perhaps I need to look at other slings in the meantime that fit her better.
  • Also, Chase isn’t a 100% a fan of pacifiers. It would be nice if she was for breaks between breastfeedings, but every brand we try seems to tick her off and make her more upset. On a rare occasion she will use her Nuk or Soothie, but it’s not that often. I see babies very young using pacifiers easily, but Chase never seemed to take to it from day one.
  • I’ve gotten better at accomplishing tasks one handed with my non-dominant hand. I had no idea how important this would be. Not being able to use a baby sling is part of the reason. Making lunch one handed is a feat and I make my lunch in steps and can take 1.5 hours before I actually get to eat. Perhaps I’m picking challenging meals because it’s mostly salads, but I think getting the veggies is important. In the future I plan to start pre-cutting everything so it’s ready to go for a couple meals at a time. If I can get a sling to work with her it would make a world of difference for both of us. 🙂
  • Speed showering is an art. 🙂 When I’m home alone I have to seize the opportunity for a quick 5 or 10 minute shower when I can and ‘focus and hustle’ through it.
  • Online shopping is the best! I’m so glad we got signed up for Amazon Mom Prime and also found sites like Diapers.com. Online shopping has allowed me to order items as they come to mind. I hope this has helped a little with Rob having to manage the errands and shopping. He’s already had to take on so much so I can tend to breastfeeding and napping for myself. It’s been nice to get things ordered online possible.
  • I’ve learned that my workout schedule won’t be set for awhile. I do remind myself that I got cleared to workout 3 weeks earlier than I planned for, so it’s okay that I don’t have my plans all ready to go yet, Chase is my priority. It’s more important to put her needs first. And a side bonus is getting her schedule shaped is longer term even better for my workouts anyways. So in the meantime I’m trying to be creative.
    • The weather is super hot and muggy and not good for running with the baby. When the weather breaks we will definitely be outside either in the morning or in the afternoon with Rob.
    • On hot weekdays, Rob will watch Chase with a bottle ready and I can get out and run a couple miles in the neighborhood  and get my sweat on.
    • On days that I can get out for a quick walk with Chase in her stroller, I have a jump rope handy so I can park us in the shade and I can do 5-10 minutes of jumping rope.
    • I’ve had Chase in her swing watch me lift my hand weights while I count out the reps out loud. I figured it’s a good way to at least get her to count to 20. 🙂
    • I have workout DVDs and once naps are more settled I plan to use them and run on the treadmill at home.

Month 1 – Essential Item

Moving Comfort Nursing Sports Bra Juno and Fiona – I found out about a great running sports bra that is also a nursing bra by doing a google search. Thank you google for taking me to this Triathlon Mom’s blog. She is a mother of 3 and recommended this bra as the best option. It was enough of an endorsement for me to give it a try and it truly is amazing. It’s very supportive, has velcro straps for nursing, and the Fiona has bra hooks which is great for my ever changing chest size day to day. Triathlon Mom’s blog has a write up about the bra so I won’t repeat all of the information. If you are going to be breastfeeding and working out, definitely consider this bra.

Nursery Update

Rob built Chase the final bookcase for her room and it came out perfect! It’s exactly what I was wanting and fits the space perfectly. This one I wanted without a backing so I can put all the electronics (monitor, sound machine, humidifier, etc.) in easily. I love it!!

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I need to rearrange some things in the room and then I may do a nursery room tour on YouTube.

Workouts

My workouts are really just when they fit in for that day. Here are the highlights of what I have been able to do.

Sunday 7/7: Off

Weekly Totals:

Run/Walk: 17.9 Miles

Strengthening: 1 Time

Monday 7/8: Off

Tuesday 7/9: 2 Miles (‘Hood, 19:19, 9:40 Pace)

Wednesday 7/10: 2 Miles (‘Hood, 18:56, 9:28 Pace)

Thursday 7/11: Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD (24:00, Level 1)

Friday 7/12: .51 Mile Walk (‘Hood, 10:13, 20:20 Pace), 1.37 Mile (‘Hood, 15:09, 11:04, w/stroller)

Saturday 7/13: Off

Sunday 7/14: 5 Miles (Const Trail, 49:30, 9:54 Pace)

Weekly Totals:

Run/Walk: 10.9 Miles

Strengthening: 1 Time

Us out with Chase

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Other Running Stuff

The latest issue of Runner’s World had an article about “Spirit of the Marathon II” and “Miles and Trials“, both hopefully coming out later this year. While checking out the status of the movies online, I found “Fast Women” and we rented it on Amazon. We love movies about running. And if you are into documentary type movies, this one is more independent film edited, but a great story of Arizona women working on their qualification for the 2008 Olympic Trials. Perhaps I’m the last to know about this movie, but I wanted to share in case anyone had not seen it yet. Also, we loved Spirit of the Marathon so much and we got a chance to meet the director and part of the cast at the 2009 Chicago Marathon Expo.


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Chase – Week 3 and Getting Active

Chase just makes every day that much sweeter. She is changing every day. Between growing and seeing her development changes, it’s just always a surprise to see what is new for her each day.

Week 3 Photos:

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Socks and Headband – Von Maur, Dress – BabiesRUs

Getting festive for the 4th of July. 🙂

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Dress – Von Maur, Picture frame from Etsy Store ShugabeeLane.

Week 3 – Milestones:

We took Chase in for a weight check on Friday, July 5th and she is 9 pounds .5 ounces. She is gaining well more than the minimum so breastfeeding is going great!

Also, her active time has really been fun. She has started reaching for things and holding her head up for a time during tummy time. Here’s a video of Chase at 3 weeks. 🙂

Workouts:

I found out that I’m in the banner ad for the Alexian Brothers Half Marathon July 20, 2013. We won’t be going this year, but kinda neat to see my picture there. 🙂 Here is my post about that race.

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I was just cleared to start back running so my workouts have now become even more enjoyable. I’m so happy to have the ability to start back into running just 3 weeks postpartum. I started out run/walking and have just recently done my first complete run. It feels amazing to get all sweaty again! My muscles are weak, but it’s nice to feel them working and knowing that they are getting stronger. 🙂

It’s also been fun to get out with Chase, Rob, and Coco. It’s been real good family time. I also got a chance to run with Drew, Rob and Chase after they raced 4th of July Park to Park 5 Mile.

Here are my workouts:

Monday (6/24):

2.09 Mile Walk (‘Hood, 38:52, 18:36 Pace)

2 Mile Walk (Treadmill, 0.5% Incline, 32:05, 16:03 Pace)

Tuesday (6/25):

0.56 Mile Walk (‘Hood, 19:30, 10:55 Pace)

1.18 Mile Walk (‘Hood, 21:09, 17:56 Pace)

Wednesday (6/26):

1.69 Mile Walk (‘Hood, 29:09, 17:15 Pace)

Thursday (6/27):

Rest

Friday (6/28):

2.72 Mile Walk (‘Hood, 50:00, 18:23 Pace)

Weights Upper Body – 5 Mins

Saturday (6/29):

Bike 3.6 Miles (Trainer, 15:05, 14.32 mph)

1 Mile Walk (Treadmill, 15:06)

Sunday (6/30):

3.79 Miles Walk (‘Hood, 1:07:01, 17:41 Pace)

0.88 Mile Walk (‘Hood, 16:59, 19:18 Pace)

Weekly Totals:

Walk: 15.91 Miles

Bike: 3.6 Miles

Strength: 1 Time

Monday (7/1):

0.54 Mile Walk (‘Hood, 11:00, 20:23 Pace)

1.45 Miles Walk (‘Hood, 26:00, 17:56 Pace)

Tuesday (7/2):

2.3 Miles Walk (‘Hood, 35:49, 15:35 Pace)

Wednesday (7/3):

4.06 Miles Run/Walk (‘Hood, 49:11, 12:07 Pace)

Thursday (7/4):

2.43 Miles Run/Walk (‘Hood, 29:02, 11:57 Pace)

Friday (7/5):

2 Mile Run (Treadmill, 0.5% Incline, 20:10, 10:05 Pace)

Jump Rope – 5 Minutes

Saturday (7/6):

5 Mile Run (Const Trail, 50:50, 10:10 Pace)

I’m excited to be getting to workout 3 weeks earlier than I anticipated. I’m excited to be able to get more active in the coming weeks!


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Fifty Shades of Graston’s

Workouts:

Monday (6/25):

5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 34:50, 6:58 Pace)

Tuesday (6/26):

Rest

Wednesday (6/27):

5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 38:39, 7:44 Pace)

Thursday (6/28): Graston’s Treatment

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I had a Tuesday session of Graston’s scheduled, but had an eye doctor appointment that resulted in dialated eyes and no way to get to my session in time. I would have to wait until Thursday for an assessment. I’ve been feeling 100% back, but I needed those devilish implements to really tell the tale. The prodding would bring any remaining injury scar tissue singing.

My physical therapist jokes that the tools look like they are right out of the Fifty Shades of Grey series. She felt bad about having to cause pain, but it’s kind of the point of Graston’s. If you are reading the books, please NO spoilers!! I’m still on the second book and let’s not ruin it for anyone else either. If you haven’t read the series, it’s very intense and not for everyone. I questioned my ability to finish the first book, but I’m glad that I stuck with it. There is a part of the writing style (the inner goddess stuff) that I find unnecessary, but overall an intense and captivating series.

I got the green light from this session to go back to my training, while carefully increasing my mileage. I can return for the next 30 days for a tune up if anything comes up along the way. I’m so excited to get back to it!!! 😀


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This Has Gotta Change

I was doing long overdue blog updates: updating race plans, the about and the races/awards sections when I noticed on my dashboard some metrics that show what topics I’ve been posting about most.

So I definitely need some changes on this blog. I would like to have injury, recovery, and physical therapy to not be in my top 10. Although sometimes recovery is just coming off of a big race without actually being related to an injury and is just the maintenance mode.  In the future I will categorize the Recovery for those related to Injury vs. Race Recovery, to be more specific.

Still, while we are on the topic (and it’s what I’m dealing with right now) I wanted to give an update as how my Graston’s treatments are going, especially because it’s going great!

I’ve completed five of seven Graston’s treatments. After my assessment they set up sessions for 2-3 weeks that are 48-72 hours apart (72 hours is the standard length to allow healing, but can be shortened to 48 hours by the PT if healing is sufficient). After each session I have to let the area heal and I don’t work out during that time. I could only do yoga and upper body weights until I got the green light to try some running, once the area was healing. Here is what my workouts/recovery looked like for this time around.

NOTE: This is MY experience with MY injury and is not comparable to anyone else’s injury/recovery and is only for informational purposes only.

Wednesday (6/6): Doctor Assessment

Rest

Thursday (6/7): Graston’s Treatment

Upper Body Weights

Friday (6/8):

Upper Body Weights

Saturday (6/9): 

Rest

Sunday (6/10):

Yoga – 45 Mins

Monday (6/11):

P90X – Ab Ripper

Tuesday (6/12): Graston’s Treatment

Rest

Wednesday (6/13): 

Yoga – 45 Mins

Thursday (6/14): Graston’s Treatment

Rest

Friday (6/15):

2.09 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 18:28, 8:51 Pace)

Yoga – 25 Mins

Saturday (6/16):

2.05 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 18:22, 8:58 Pace)

Sunday (6/17):

Rest

Monday (6/18):

2 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 16:29, 8:15 Pace)

P90X – Ab Ripper

Tuesday (6/19): Grastons Treatment

1 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 8:23) – before Graston’s

Wednesday (6/20):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 29:35, 7:24 Pace)

Thursday (6/21):

4 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 31:46, 7:57 Pace)

Friday (6/22): Graston’s Treatment

1 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 7:15) – before Graston’s

And after Friday’s treatment I was cleared to do more running! I can’t wait! Especially because I got my new kicks!!

adidas adios, I love the pink with a hint of purple!

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This weekend the basement project continues, plus I’m painting a couple of our bedrooms and working on cleaning and staining our fence. Can’t wait to get to running and everything else!


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Staying Sane While Injured

I figured this topic at one time or another is something all of us runners, or athletes in general for that matter, face. How to stay sane while not being able to do the activities you are normally used to. I thought I would share based on this injury and recovery how I’m managing through the extra time, less exercise, and feelings that go along with it all.

First off, it sucks. Plain and simple. That said, I actually took the news from my doctor about shutting down all activity better than I expected. Probably because this isn’t my first time with this injury or treatment. I know I will likely get back to a normal routine in 2-3 weeks. In the scale of potential injuries it’s not like I’m dealing with something major. The doctor is optimistic that I will be able to heal and will be able to get my fitness back to train for the Chicago Marathon.

The difference with the assessment this time around was upon examination they noticed my psoas was inflamed which resulted in taking a strong anti-inflamatory, which means no alcohol while on medication. With no running for a while, no alcohol helps keep calories down, but I do miss a glass of wine. I’ve been a bit grouchy about this from time to time.

I’m three graston treatments in with four scheduled depending now how responsive my hamstring, piriformis area responds. Things are improving with each session so that keeps me sane as well. I would definitely have more of a hopeless feeling if I wasn’t getting that sense of progress.

When it comes to all of this free time and lack of exercise options, I’ve spent time at the gym and home doing upper body strengthening, which I needed anyways. It’s funny how just a little workout helps. It makes it seem like I’m getting ready for my next training cycle and it’s right around the corner. After a couple of days I introduced some gentle yoga with DVDs at home. Coco got into it as well. She took any chance for a spot on my mat when I was in a pose that allowed her to bring her bone and settle in.

After a couple of days of gentle yoga I’ve kicked it up a notch and have moved to my more advanced yoga DVD sessions, keeping in mind to modify or avoid anything that affects my injury. I have a good collection of yoga DVDs going and have taken a few types of classes, so I may need to do a post just around yoga soon.

After a week and half of recovery I’ve ventured out for a couple of times for some light running. I did 2 miles each time slowly. My range of motion is improving, but I’m definitely still injured so I’m not pushing the pace or distance. Really these runs were just to test the waters and report back to my physical therapist.

As far a filling all of the free time, I’ve been able to stay busy thanks to our house projects. We are working on power washing our fence and staining it. And then there is finishing the basement. While Rob has to do all of the major tasks, it’s been a good distraction to help him and shop for finishes.

To keep my spirits up I’ve also signed us up for future races, which are listed in the race plans section of the blog. Knowing the degree of my injury and projected recovery, I feel comfortable getting things on the books for the future. It’s nice to look forward to our next race adventures.

Another part keeping my sanity while I recover is to not read a lot of running materials or blogs. It may sound funny, but that just makes me more antsy to run. I have to take time off from hearing about races, ways to improve, so I go off the running grid for awhile. I have to stay focused on what I can do (yoga, house projects, etc.) and less on what I’m missing out on. It’s an approach that works for me.

The real test of keeping it all in perspective? Watching the race that I was training for and had to give up. More on that in my next post…..

You ever been injured and it affected your routine? How did you cope through the down time?

Any tips to share about how you keep/kept focus on the bigger picture?


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Doctor’s Orders

I went for my physical therapy consultation today and dun dun dun…..complete shut down of working out for at least 2 weeks.

As expected my right piriformis is bad again, but my left is also needing attention. I will have Grastons therapy sessions, the first one is scheduled for tomorrow.

As they did the evaluaton which includes bending my leg in many different directions to locate pain and also to figure out muscle imbalances they also checked my psoas. After pressing down on it I realized new pain and how tight the area was. I was perscribed a treatment of a type of anti-inflamatory for it and will have to go on complete rest to see if we can get it to calm down. If it doesn’t then I may need a procedure that involves an injection that the doctor said wouldn’t be too pleasant.

I’m allowed to do upper body strengthening so I will do that to keep my mind busy and I will take walks. I won’t be going back to Team Steam or running Steamboat 15K this year. My hope is to get healthy in time to begin Chicago Marathon training.

Since there won’t be any running because of this, or flying (because we are starting our next build project), I may need to change the name of the blog….hmm…..”Walky Talky” perhaps?

Anyone deal with psoas trouble? Did you have to get this dreaded shot they were describing? Did it work??

I’m at least sure what I’m in for with Grastons for the piriformis and know it should do wonders.


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Celebrate

I’ve been out of the blog and social world because we’ve been doing a lot of celebrating. First it was Rob’s happy hour for his promotion, then our wedding anniversary, and then Rob’s birthday. Now I’m getting ready for hosting Thanksgiving.

So I need to give you a status on my Graston’s Therapy and share some blurry pictures from our week….here it goes.

Tuesday I had my Graston’s session and it went well. It was my second time there and they upped the tool intensity. I was also given permission to try running slowly to check my progress, score! That night we went out for our wedding anniversary to the restaurant where we had our wedding reception, Station 220. The restaurant has changed ownership since our wedding reception, but the food is still amazing. What makes it even better is the produce now mostly comes from a local farm.

The cheese plate from the local farm.

Salmon with bok choy, yum!

The next morning I got in 2 miles easy before soreness set in so I ended there before I did any damage.

Thursday was 3 miles easy and the first 2 miles were completely pain free!

Friday 3.25 miles in the AM, soreness set in at mile 3. I had my third Graston’s session afterward and the scar tissue seems to be less, but she still found the sore spot in my piriformis. It was the most significant treatment yet, I was so swollen and sore afterward that I had to stand at work for a couple hours and then went home to lie down on my stomach.

Saturday I woke up to no bruising and the swelling was gone. I was able to do 4 miles easy with pain only being a 3 on a scale of 1-10. That’s a lot of progress from where I started at an 8-9!

After my run we went up to Chicago to celebrate Rob’s birthday. Our first stop was Glenn’s Diner. It was our first time there and it was AMAZING!! They have sixteen types of fresh fish, flown in every day. I didn’t have a gluten free option. Shrimp Po’ Boy with the potato pancake. It was outstanding, but my tummy did get upset and reminded me that gluten is not my friend.

Then we went to the Field Museum, I had never been and Rob hadn’t been since he was a kid. I enjoyed the day with Rob, but I have to say the Field Museum is a bit disappointing. There is way too much reading and not enough interaction. I would expect some augmented reality application to use with a smart phone to hold up and have information come up about the display or something. I expected more dinasours too.

The gem display was worthwhile! I had to refrain from steaming up the glass cases swooning at all of the sparkly displays.

Sunday I ran over 5 miles…in a hilly race no less! Not really on the doctor’s orders, but more on that in my next post.