So far, Iâ€™ve been insanely unproductive this morning, reading fashion blogs and jamming to Brendan James. Tanner (the famous Tanner of Y2 Yoga) gifted the album to me on iTunes. I love listening to the music in the studio so it was a pleasant surprise!
Yogurt mess of:
- Greek yogurt
- Go Lean cereal
- Chia seeds
I always joke that I am the Queen of Injuries because my sports-related injury list is pretty impressive for someone who just does this for â€œfunâ€:
- In July/August of 2008, I began to experience pain in my knees while running. I ignored the pain until October and then I decided to see a doctor â€“ the appointment was a disaster.
- I ignored the doctorâ€™s advice (in hindsight, it was bad advice) and kept running.
- By April 2009, I could not walk down the stairs after long runs and decided to take a 2.5-month break from running. It was sad.
- In June 2009, I went to the doctor â€“ the appointment was awesome â€“ and together we figured out a treatment and physical therapy plan to get me back into running. Obviously, it worked because I went on to run a half marathon and a marathon with zero knee pain.
- After my marathon, I suffered an â€œangry tendonâ€ that I originally thought might be a stress fracture. I could barely walk for a week! I treated it by resting and swimming.
- Before my Olympic triathlon, I strained my bicep. I treated it by resting, acupuncture, and a shot of Traumeel.
- My foot hurt for a week before my last 15K.
Lately, Iâ€™ve been receiving lots and lots of emails about my knees. I guess itâ€™s because I rock these very inconspicuous knee sleeves all the time:
I have Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, which sounds a LOT more serious than it is (in my case). Also known as â€œRunnerâ€™s Knee,â€ it means that my quads move my patella (kneecap) bone out of alignment when I run. Over time, this results in swelling and pain. Before I figured out a treatment plan that worked (which currently includes strength-building exercises, icing, and knee sleeves), I was VERY concerned that I would never run recreationally again. Now Iâ€™m training for a marathon with ZERO knee pain!
My advice if youâ€™re injured?
- Stop doing the activity that is causing pain until you or your doctor figures out a cure.
- Call a local running shop and ask to speak to the manager. See if they have any recommendations for sports-injury doctors in the area â€“ do NOT blindly pick someone out of the phone book!
- Be willing to take time off â€“ 2 weeks of no exercise is better than 2.5 months of no exercise.
- Try alternative medicine, like acupuncture!
- Make sure youâ€™re eating enough QUALITY calories. Your body needs fuel to stay injury-free.
- Donâ€™t overtrain!
- Realize that your favorite workout is not the end-all-be-all. When I couldnâ€™t run, I got really into cycling and completed a Metric Century. I later went on to do another Metric and a Century.
- Itâ€™s OK to be pissed off when youâ€™re injured. Just donâ€™t wallow too long â€“ it could ALWAYS be worse.
If you want more info, here are some of my top posts on injuries:
- Common Running Injuries and How to Prevent Them
- The Story of My Knees and the Treatment Plan that Finally Worked
- Is This Pain Normal? Distinguishing Between â€œGoodâ€ Sensations and â€œBadâ€ Sensations
- Knee Sleeves vs. Athletic Tape
- Recap of my Running Hiatus
Have you/are you suffering from a sports-related injury? What happened? Whatâ€™s your advice to others with similar issues?