So far, I’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 “fun”:
- 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 – the appointment was a disaster.
- I ignored the doctor’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 – the appointment was awesome – 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 “angry tendon” 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, I’ve been receiving lots and lots of emails about my knees. I guess it’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 “Runner’s Knee,” 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 I’m training for a marathon with ZERO knee pain!
My advice if you’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 – do NOT blindly pick someone out of the phone book!
- Be willing to take time off – 2 weeks of no exercise is better than 2.5 months of no exercise.
- Try alternative medicine, like acupuncture!
- Make sure you’re eating enough QUALITY calories. Your body needs fuel to stay injury-free.
- Don’t overtrain!
- Realize that your favorite workout is not the end-all-be-all. When I couldn’t run, I got really into cycling and completed a Metric Century. I later went on to do another Metric and a Century.
- It’s OK to be pissed off when you’re injured. Just don’t wallow too long – 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 “Good” Sensations and “Bad” Sensations
- Knee Sleeves vs. Athletic Tape
- Recap of my Running Hiatus
Have you/are you suffering from a sports-related injury? What happened? What’s your advice to others with similar issues?