I slept so well last night, and I woke up to a delicious breakfast! A perfect start to Saturday, donâ€™t you think?
Iâ€™m going to try to step up my calories today (well, I technically started last night with dinner) in an effort to increase my glycogen stores in my muscles. This will better prepare my body for 26.2 miles! I tend to get really hungry while running long distances.
I made a wonderful bowl of oatmeal!
My oatmeal contained:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup 2% milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup pumpkin
- Toppings: cashews, flax, and blackberries
I also had a serving of POM Wonderful juice on the side. POMâ€™s research shows that the magical fruit helps reduce inflammation in the body. Iâ€™m not sure how fast the effect is, but I figure it canâ€™t hurt to take some of natureâ€™s ibuprofen.
Plus a coffee. 🙂
This morning, my mom and I were reminiscing about the first terrible doctorâ€™s appointment I had regarding my knees in October 2008.
If you recall, the doctor told that there was â€œnothingâ€ I could do for my knee pain except stop running. He told me that I should â€œbegâ€ my Husband to â€œtie me to the bed to stop me from running,â€ which not only implies that Iâ€™m incapable of making my own medical decisions, but that my Husband also tells me what to do.
Because I knew I didnâ€™t need to stop running forever and the doctor gave me no other treatment options, I kept running. After a few more months of running with pain (I didnâ€™t know my true condition and how to treat it), I decided to take two months off of running this summer to give my knees a break. Then I saw another doctor who correctly identified my knee condition (a very simple and common problem called Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome) and how to effectively treat it.
My mom and I were discussing this because another blogger recently sent me an e-mail about a doctor who, among other insane things, told her that she should be eating 800 calories a day and that â€œhunger painsâ€ were a GOOD thing! My mom (who is a nurse) was aghast.
I think itâ€™s so important that we are our own advocate with health care. The vast majority of doctors are caring, intelligent, and know their stuff, but they are human and make mistakes. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m a huge fan of the second option when it comes to medical decisions. Knowledge is power!
The second orthopedic doctor helped me so much, and I cannot wait to write him a letter to say that his treatment plan helped me run again (and hopefully complete a marathon)! I have only had symptoms of my PFPS twice during marathon training, and it was very, very minor. I am so grateful! He is a wonderful doctor.
Iâ€™m curiousâ€¦ what positive and negative experiences have you had with doctors?