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Feeling defeated.

Life has been throwing all sorts of curve balls at me lately.

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The Boston Marathon is now 6 weeks away and I am starting to lose hope in my ability to run it.

This is what I have been dealing with… and I’m sorry in advance for all of the whining, but I’m really starting to get bitter about the situation (and downright angry with my body).

I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis and a ‘stress reaction’ in my foot, 5+ weeks ago.  I was told to take the 5 weeks off from running, and I actually listened. I knew that taking all of this time off, being able to run Boston would be a long shot, but I knew it wouldn’t be out of the question. Those 5 weeks went by faster than I imagined, and I was finally given the green light by both my foot doctor and my triathlon coach to run Boston. After speaking with my triathlon coach, I feel better about the situation, knowing that my fitness level is super high right now thanks to all of the biking and swimming. He thinks I can get ready for this race in 6 weeks and I think I can too!

The excitement I had this weekend about being able to run the Boston Marathon was abruptly halted when I strained my right intercostal muscle (the tiny muscles in between your ribs).  I had a serious flu all of last week and missed 10 days of training.  Not only did I miss 10 days, but once I started to recover from the flu this past weekend, I got a sharp pain in my intercostal muscles from coughing so much. Things got even worse when I tried to run on Sunday and it was impossible to breathe/move my arms.  Every breath I took, every stride, it hurt.  Cue the disappointment.  I’ve had this injury before, and I know it takes a while to heal.  Well guess what… I don’t have a while and I’m freaking out!  I went and saw my Chiropractor last night who did some mobility exercises with my ribs, and it helped, but I still can’t run without pain. I can’t help but think that this is a ‘sign’ that I shouldn’t be running.  I am trying to believe I will run this Marathon, and finish… but I can’t help but feel extremely defeated right now.  My body is rebelling and it sucks.

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Has anyone ever had this injury in the intercostal muscles before?  What did you do?

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Five Friday Favorites!

I’m finally on the mend from the flu. it has taken forever to start feeling like normal again.  Talk about frustrating! I hope to get back into my training this weekend, if I feel up to it. It’s nice to be back blogging again…

Here are five of my favorite things this Friday!

 

Oiselle

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To say I am obsessed with this brand is an understatement.  I first discovered Oiselle while browsing social media one day, and knew I just had to try their clothing! The message behind the brand and the quality of the clothing speak volumes.  How could you not fall in love with Oiselle after reading this message from the CEO: And thus the name Oiselle (pronounced wa-zell). A French word for bird, it alludes to that feeling of weightlessness that most runners know and love. That sense of flight – when the legs go fast and the heart goes free.

My favorite piece, so far is the Flyte Long Sleeve (shown in the photo above)  The fabric is so incredibly soft, seamless and sweat wicking… it’s fantastic.  I just placed another order for my Boston Marathon outfit!

Wild Friends Sesame Cranberry Peanut Butter

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I first saw Wild Friends on the show ‘Shark Tank’ and I love their Peanut Butter! The Sesame Cranberry is their newest flavor and it’s delicious… plenty of crunchy sesame seeds and dried cranberries in every bite. They are so creative with their flavors and packaging.  They also sell Almond and Sunflower Butters.

Hyacinth Flowers

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Aren’t these gorgeous?  I found these at Trader Joes a few weeks ago, and not only do they look beautiful, but they smell heavenly.  We have had such a long winter here in Boston, these flowers get me thinking Spring!

Burt’s Bees Natural Honey & Lemon Throat Drops

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Since I am still getting over the flu, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight my favorite throat drops.  I really like these drops because they don’t have artificial junk like most other drops at your local pharmacy. They also have a great taste, that’s not overpowering.  I highly recommend them for getting over a cold.

Gandhi Quotes

(especially this one)

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This quote tells you to be honest with yourself and believe.  Far too often I have struggled with believing in myself.  This quote really hits home.

Have a great weekend!

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Neverending Flu

Ugh.

I have had the flu since last Wednesday.  It’s the notorious flu that is named after a farm animal… and it’s definitely everything it’s cracked up to be, AWFUL. It all started with a cough and a fever, then fatigue, nausea and more fatigue.  I have not had an appetite in over a week and all I want to do is sit on the couch and not move.  This flu has literally sucked the life out of me.  I can’t wait to feel normal again- I forget what it feels like.

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The worst part about being sick right now, is I was just starting to get back into running. The Boston Marathon is in less than 50 days now, and I plan to run it.  Thanks to the flu, I worry that I will be even further behind.  Hopefully this is not the case!  I hope to be back to normal within a few days, if not, I just might have a breakdown… 🙂

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Here’s to hoping I get better… STAT!

 

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Trying “new foods”

One fact about me is that I LOVE to cook.  I find it enjoyable and also therapeutic. Well, I am even more excited to cook since having my Nutrition Assessment done last week by a Registered Dietitian at the Core Diet.  I had been thinking about a nutrition assessment since signing up with QT2 last year, knowing that it could probably really benefit me and my training!

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The Core Diet for Athletes was developed 10 years ago by QT2 Systems coach and founder Jesse Kropelnicki. The Core Diet was designed to help athletes live, train, and compete at their optimal level. Through proper nutrition that includes nutrient rich foods consumed at the right time, the Core Diet will have you performing and living at your very best.

Now that I’m doing an Ironman in August, proper nutrition will be even MORE important.  I was amazed at the results of the assessment and some of the changes that will need to be made.  Turns out I wasn’t fueling properly while riding my bike (not enough carbohydrate and electrolytes).  My post workout recovery fuel/food was also ‘off’ from what it should be.  No wonder I was always feeling really drained after a tough ride, run or swim! Now is the time to test out what works so I’ll be fully ready and prepared come August!

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Along with the Core diet came recommended recipes.  Here is one that I tried on Monday and it was delicious! My only regret was not doubling the recipe.  I would recommend this if you want plenty of leftovers:)

 

Kale Soup (by the Core Diet)

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 8 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cups chopped kale  (I used Tuscan Kale)
  • 4 cups low-fat, chicken broth
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans white beans, cannelloni or navy, undrained
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian herb seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chopped parsley

Instructions

In large pot, heat oil.

Add garlic and onion; saute until soft.

Add kale and saute, stirring until wilted.

Add 3 cups of broth, 2 cups of beans, and all of the tomatoes, herbs, salt and pepper.

Simmer 5 minutes.

In blender or food processor, mix remaining beans and broth until smooth.

Stir into soup to thicken.

Simmer 15 minutes.

Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

 

Enjoy!! This soup is great for after a long endurance workout!

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Getting there.

Being an injured athlete really messes with my head. But things might be getting better.

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Until this morning, it had been over three weeks where my feet had not hit the pavement. I was doing of plenty other activities, but I was not running. I mentioned in a previous post that I have been diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis and was told to take several weeks off from running.  Well I am training for the Boston Marathon and that was just heart crushing. I met with my Podiatrist yesterday for a three week follow up, and we discussed that it’s time to try running again.  If I want to run Boston in 8 weeks, I NEED to run.  There is nothing that will prepare you for a Marathon except running. Since I feel better after three weeks, I was elated just to hear the words ‘try’ ‘you can run.’  Although he did tell me to pick things up again, my Podiatrist is not a runner or an athlete, and I have been doubting the situation like crazy.  I know he’s thinking of the Boston Marathon, but I am thinking not only of the Marathon, but my Ironman in August.  Boston is my ‘B’ race, whereas Ironman Mont Tremblant is my ‘A’ race.  The hardest thing about being injured, is that no one knows your body but YOU.  No one knows how you feel when you run, but YOU.  Obviously, the thing I am most scared of is doing permanent damage  (the MD says this most likely won’t be the case).  As an athlete, “most likely” is not the answer I want… I want something that is a guarantee.  Cue the frustration.

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Feeling motivated, last night after work I went to my local running store and decided to try a new pair of running shoes!  I have thought all along with this injury, that new shoes might help my cause, I was just scared to get away from the shoes that I loved.  Since I am pretty much willing to try anything at this point, I decided to speak with a specialist at the store and have her watch me run in various shoes.  I explained my injury, my plan for Boston, etc and she recommended the Brooks Glycerin 11 shoes.  Years ago I ran in Brooks, and loved them!  I was excited to give them a try again.  I ended up purchasing the Glycerin 11’s and I ran in them this morning for 3 miles.  So far I really like them and I HOPE they are the shoes I get to run in during the Boston Marathon.

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The plan for now is to continue with my rehabilitation treatment: Active Release Therapy (ART), Graston, Acupuncture, self- massage and stretching, wear my new sneakers with arch support and more stabilization, and see where it takes me!  I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.