Currently I’m being blessed with the stamina of a male neutered housecat with a bad paw, or in my case a bad ankle.
Maritime Race Weekend redemption ½ training has been put on hold. For how long? I have no idea. I have a Doctors appointment with my family Doc so hopefully I’ll figure out where I go from here.
I haven’t been able to run for 11 days now. I can barely walk. My sanity is suffering. Lord, give me healing or give me death! (possibly a bit over-dramatic)
my MRW in training shirt that I was proudly wearing during my last long run --- 11 days ago!!
When I began training for my redemption ½, I noticed my ankle was giving me a bit of push back. It wasn’t really liking my new training plan, but I continued on. In the back of my mind I was thinking, it’s just cranky, I’ll R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) it and carry on. I attributed the ankle tenderness to running on the shoulder of the road, putting more pressure on the outside left due to the curvature of the shoulder.
July 1st, I ran my best 10k this year. My ankle didn’t bother me at all. I was able to run in the middle of the road where it’s pretty much flat, no pressure at all on the outside of my left ankle. It was a great feeling running without pain. The day after the Epic Canadian 10k was my long run day. I was supposed to do 15 or 17, not sure, I didn’t measure it. It was horrible! I barely made it. I think I did more walking than running. My ankle was burning with pain. That evening the R.I.C.E method wouldn’t even take care of it, it was throbbing, burning and the swelling would not subside.
my treasured Epic Canadian 10K medal from my best 10K this year! Praying it won't be my last!
I went for a very short walk 3 days later and it swelled up again. It has been swollen ever since. I went to see a Doctor at the Walk in who told me it was an over-use injury and was possibly fractured. He advised me that I needed an x-ray and if I continued to run on it I would end up in a boot for the rest of my life. WAIT! WHAT?! SHUT.UP! That put the fear of God in me, no kidding! I had my X-ray Monday, Tuesday I was informed that there was no amoralities found in my ankle. PHEW! Wait. What? Hence my appointment today with my family Doc. I pray that he will be able to shed some light on this injury or whatever it is so that I can get back to my training. Maritime Race Weekend is just 9 short weeks away and at this rate I’ll be starting from scratch! Not enough time! I’m freaking out!
When most people can’t work out, they don’t eat as much. Not the case with me. When I can’t work out, I eat MORE! I am a stress eater and these past few weeks have me stressed to the max. I don’t stress eat anything good either. Chips, Pop, Candy, Sausages, Hamburgers, Pizza, Garlic Bread, Donairs, Ice Cream, whatever, you name it, I’ve ate it. Gah.
My running buddy and co-race director Jimmy has me intrigued with this plant based diet. His stamina and health has sky rocketed since he watched the “Forks over Knives” documentary on NetFlix. I haven’t watched it because I don’t have NetFlix, but just watching how Jimmy has changed this past year has made me want to try it out. I borrowed the book from the Halifax Regional Library and I’m starting to change how I eat.
Monday I treated my family to gorgeous vegetable skewers and “dill”icious bean dip. To mine and my families surprise, they were delicious. Definitely a recipe keeper. Tuesday was leftovers, yesterday I made couscous bowls. The sauce was a mixture of Tahini, cilantro, lemon juice and garlic. The couscous was layered on a bowl of salad greens and mixed vegetables. The sauce drizzled over top. I thought it tasted like a bowl of KFC! I didn’t mention that because obviously my taste buds are less than normal, however, both my husband and my daughter said the exact same thing! This tastes like fried chicken! Yup. Another recipe keeper for sure. Tonight I’m going to go with Black Bean Cauliflower Wraps. I’m going to try this plant based diet for a while. I’m going to give it 30 days. I need to do something. I need to get out of this funk I’m in. I need to get healthy and above all else I need to start running again! I run to remain sane.
myself and running buddy/co-race director Jimmy during one of our successful long runs
I have taken screen shots of the recipes mentioned in the blog if you want to try them yourself. Of note; these are for a family of 4 so keep those quantities in mind when measuring ingredients.
I began my running journey in March of 2009. I began my journey of faith in September of 2012. Running releases stress from my body while my new found faith releases stress from my mind.