Injury recovery

I might be the only runner capable of becoming injured while running so little.  I think I can blame pregnancy for my most recent injury because apparently all the hormones not only serve to make me cry at the drop of a hat, they also work some magic on my tendons and ligaments.  During pregnancy, the tendons and ligaments in the body become more flexible and stretch which means they can cause trouble a little more easily.  While trying to maintain some semblance of a running routine during this pregnancy, my body has rebelled against my desire to stay active.

I have avoided going to the doctor for the pain that I’ve been experiencing on the inside of my ankle for sometime now.  I’m pretty sure a doctor would just tell me to rest it, especially since I’m pregnant.  I’ve been resting it as much as I can.  I took 2 weeks off from running during our Hawaii vacation.  I did a couple test runs when the 2 weeks was up and I was still in pain.

I took another 2 weeks off and ran again at the beginning on this week.  I can’t even explain the pure joy that comes from a run when you haven’t run for a while.  Endorphins, I have missed you! I couldn’t stop smiling while I ran because it felt so good to run again.  Too bad not all of my body was in on the fun.  My ankle was still sore.  Did that stop me from running 3 miles? No, but it probably should have.  I never claimed to be smart and hey, I wanted a chance to wear by Running for Two shirt! Since I have been running so little in the recent weeks, it was much more noticeable that my body has changed.  I was more aware of my form and posture since I really felt like my belly was leading the way.

See that? Running makes me happy! Forgive the crappy picture, it was surprisingly hard to take a self portrait that included the cute shirt and giant belly

My frustration with my injury been getting to me since rest isn’t making much of a difference.  I sent an email to fellow local running blogger Miss Zippy who was kind enough to listen to my frustrations and offer some advice.  She recommended a sports massage therapist in the area.  I was lucky enough to get an appointment with him yesterday afternoon.  I’ve never been to a massage therapist before so I didn’t really know what to expect.  After I explained to him what was going on, he worked on massaging the tendons and muscles in my lower leg while having me flex my foot in different directions.  Then he taped up my ankle using RockTape.  I’ve been a big fan of KT Tape for a while so I was curious about the difference between the two.  They’re pretty much the same thing, but RockTape does not come in the pre-cut strips so you can cut it to the length you want.

All taped up

The way he taped my ankle has been helping already.  The tape is supporting the tendon and also compressing it which will help with recovery.  Hubby and I went to our first ever Back to School night at Zain’s preschool last night.  I’m pretty sure I looked super cool with my rock tape peaking out of the bottom of my pants.

It just means I rock

I think my appointment really helped already.  He suggested that I work hard at doing strength exercises on my lower legs to strengthen the area to help rehab it.  I’m supposed to do the suggested exercises for a week and then do a short test run to see how I feel.  I have my fingers and toes crossed that I can get over this injury soon so I can maintain some level of fitness through the end of my pregnancy.

If you’re in the Howard County, MD area and looking for a great sports massage therapist, I highly recommend Nic Ebright!

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Zipfizz Product Review and Giveaway

Disclaimer: This is the worst product review ever.  I can’t actually review Zipfizz because their label does say that it is not recommended for pregnant women.  Given that I’m pregnant, I can’t actually try the yummy looking flavors they sent to me to test out.

Zipfizz awesomeness

Anyway, I’ll still fill you in on the awesomeness that is Zipfizz.  Here is what they have to say about their product on their website:

Zipfizz is an all-natural, great tasting energy drink-mix powder
that delivers a powerful charge of micronutrients to the body’s fuel
system. It contains no ephedra or other artificial stimulants. Most
people experience an immediate, revitalizing burst of energy after
taking Zipfizz.

Zipfizz is healthy energy in a tube! Give your body a rush of
vitamins, minerals and key amino acids to protect the immune
system. Zipfizz has created an advanced formula that provides a significant amount of vitamins, fewer calories, lower carbohydrates,
superior taste, variety and unique packaging! Simply put, it’s
different because it’s good for you!

Use Zipfizz as a morning or afternoon pick-me-up, or enhance
your training by taking it before, during, or after a hard workout.
Because Zipfizz contains no sugar, users will experience an
increased energy level for up to 4 – 6 hours with out the sudden
“crash” associated with other energy drinks.

Sounds good to me! I’ve heard great things about Zipfizz from other bloggers and Twitter friends.  In a couple months, I’ll actually try out their products and let you know what I think.  I’m willing to bet as a mom of 2, I’ll have glowing reviews for anything that will give me energy to get through the day.

The spread

Someone was very interested in the colorful containers

In the meantime, I’m going to give away the wonderful sample pack that Zipfizz sent me.  Someone else should get to reap the benefits of this energy booster! You will get this wonderful BPA-free water bottle, plus a tube of each of their flavors.

Loaded with all kinds of good stuff

I won’t make you jump through 5,000 hoops to enter this giveaway, simply post a comment and tell me why you need an energy boost and you’re entered! This giveaway will end on September 14, 2012 at 9am EST at which time I will chose a winner from the comment section using and announce it on my blog.

Also be sure to:

This could be yours!

Happy running!

Note: Zipfizz sent me their product to review, but all opinions expressed are my own.  Giveaway is limited to US residents.

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Another injury…

While we were on vacation in Hawaii, one of the things I was really looking forward to was running in one of my favorite places in the world.  The scenery could not be any prettier, the Hawaiian breeze is like a fan blowing on you while you run, and best of all – it’s flat.  We brought the jogging stroller with us so that we could run as a family.  They make an awesome travel bag for the BOB.

I hope my “Running for two” shirt wasn’t a total waste of money since I only got to wear it twice!

On our first full day, Zain woke us up at 4:30am and we figured since we were up, we might as well run! We went for an amazing 8 mile run (where I pushed Zain the whole time because I felt great) along the beach and then along a golf course.  During the run, I felt some soreness/tightness on the inside of my ankle that I’ve had on and off for a while now.  I’m stupid stubborn and like to pretend it’s not there.  I felt fine after the run, but the next time I tried to run 2 days later did not go so well.  I had to turn the run into a walk because the ankle was bugging me too much.

The day after that I tried again.  I ignored the tightness in my ankle until the 3rd mile when it was starting to get to a point where it would not be ignored.  I wanted to make it to 4 miles, but at about 3.5, hubby made me stop.  The pain was radiating from the inside of my ankle, up through the side of my calf.

So I decided to take the rest of vacation off from running to give myself a break.  My hubby can attest to the fact that it made me more than a little cranky to not be able to run, especially when he was still running.

I waited until we got back home and attempted to run after 2 weeks off.  I made it through 3 miles, but that soreness/tightness was still there.  I sucked it up though because my baby started preschool last week and mama is having a difficult time.  A run was needed! When I tried to run again last Friday, it was too sore to make it a little farther than a quarter of a mile.

After consulting with Dr. Google, I think it’s posterior tibial tendonitis.  I could totally be a doctor with how good I am at diagnosing my own injuries.  I think I will probably be smart and consult with a real doctor to see if that is indeed what it is.

I’m bummed because I made it to running up until 22 weeks and was really hoping to run for longer than that during this pregnancy.  I don’t feel optimistic that it’s going to happen.  I’m going to take a break for a couple more weeks, but my guess is that I need longer than that to heal.  I can’t even switch to walking instead because walking bothers my ankle too.

The conclusion is that my body sucks sometimes.  In 2012, I’ve been diagnosed with runner’s knee (which I still have), dealt with pain on the outside of my ankle/foot and now the pain on the inside of the same ankle.  All of the problems are on my left leg.  That side of my body must be defective.  To end up injured when I was barely hanging onto running 20 miles a week really sucks.  It might somehow be pregnancy-related since the hormones affect the ligaments in the body.  Or, even though my mileage was low and I included walking, maybe my streak did it to me.

I had all these big goals in mind for 2013 for races and PRs, but I think I’m going to stick with one goal instead – to be injury-free in 2013.  I hope that works out for me!

Anyone else want to whine with me about an injury?

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