A little whining and some Halloween fun

First of all, I hope everyone made it through the storm okay! We got lucky and never lost our power.  Sandy just left us with a leaky roof, but that’s minor compared to the devastation she caused elsewhere.

I had another appointment with the chiropractor today.  My ankle has definitely improved, but it’s not 100% better unfortunately.  We discussed the probability that this isn’t going to go away completely while I’m pregnant.  The way the pregnancy hormones affect the ligaments and tendons, there’s a chance it won’t get better right now.

To console myself about my inability to run, I’ve been counting down the weeks until I can run again.  And, in those weeks, this ankle thing damn well better fix itself! So I’m a little over 30 weeks pregnant.  That means 10 weeks until my due date.  If the baby is born on my due date (small chance of that actually happening, of course), then I can run 6 weeks from that day (provided I don’t need another c-section, then it will probably be 8 weeks).  So, best case scenario, 16 weeks until I can run again.  That’s 4 months – about the length of a typical marathon training cycle.  Four months sounds like a loooong time.  Maybe trying to count down the time isn’t such a good idea.  If the baby comes a week early like Zain did, then it’s only 15 weeks…actually 14 and a half weeks since I’m actually 30 weeks and 3 days! Now, I’m just obsessing :) .

My obsession gets worse, folks.  I’ve been having dreams about running.  Sure, I’ve had those pre-race dreams about running races, but they usually just involve getting to the starting line too late or forgetting to bring my running shoes to the race.  I’ve never dreamed about actually running before.  I blame pregnancy – which causes some weird and vivid dreams – combined with the endorphin withdrawal I’ve been suffering.

As a reward for making it through my whining about my lack of running, here is some cuteness for Halloween:

My little Buzz Lightyear pressing the buttons on his costume

Checking out his jetpack

Here is our little Buzz flying around the house:

 

 

My hubby dressed as Gangnam Style

Happy running!

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Injury update

I haven’t been blogging much lately because without running, I don’t have much to say. I mean I could tell you all the mundane details of the daily life as a stay at home mom of an almost 3 year old, but that might get boring. One funny anecdote, I’ll give you is this – last night when hubby got home from work, he noted that I was especially talkative. That was the moment I realized I hadn’t talked to an adult all day, except for the check out lady at the grocery store. My husband found this quite humorous.

I’ve still been going to the chiropractor twice a week to help with my ankle. It’s gotten a tiny bit better but I still have soreness on the inside of my ankle that refuses to quit. I’ve been keeping up with walking – with my little man in the stroller for extra resistance plus lots of entertainment of course. I’ve tried running a handful of times while on my walks. By tried, I mean I literally tried to run for like 5-10 seconds and the pain came on pretty strongly. Stupid ankle.

I’m fine with not running for the rest of my pregnancy. I’m not happy about it, but I’ll survive. I’d like to at least start fantasizing about races next year, but I can’t. What if this injury sticks around into 2013? I might lose my mind if that happens. It’s hard not to feel so pessimistic when I’ve had this thing for so many months now – not that I did myself any favors by ignoring it and continuing to run for several of those months.

I should probably stop googling “posterior tibial tendonitis and running” like every single day. I’m not liking what I find. I keep reading stories of people that have had this for months, and worse – people who have had it for YEARS. Ugh. I never felt even the slightest twinge from this tendon before this injury came on. Whyyyyyy does it have to be so persistent now?

Okay, I’ll stop whining now.

This weekend, we took Zain apple picking.  We’ve gone every year since he was born (and every year before that too), but I’d say this the first year that he really enjoyed it.  He loved picking apples and putting them in his bag.  He did keep remarking that his bag was heavy, but when we offered to carry it for him, he’d say “No, I got it!” Too cute.

Apple picking fun

Yesterday, I made applesauce with a bunch of our apples.  I’m usually not a fan of applesauce, but homemade applesauce is awesome.

Applesauce in the making

Applesauce in the making

I like it best when it’s warm and still a little chunky with cinnamon sprinkled on top of course

Happy running to all of you non-injured runners out that that I’m insanely jealous of! :)

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Making progess, sort of…

There are a lot of things they never tell you about pregnancy, or the whole labor and delivery process (Kara‘s usually good about sharing those fun facts :) ), that can come as a surprise when you first experience them.  One thing many people may not know is that laying on your back too long while pregnant can make you pass out.  Pardon me while I get very technical with some medical terms – so there’s some kind of blood vessel thingy that runs behind the uterus and when compressed for too long, it can start to cut off the blood flow.

As pregnant women get bigger, they reach a point where laying on their back is uncomfortable, partially for this reason. I only remember having it happen once with my pregnancy with Zain. My first experience this time with nearly passing out this time came from another trip to the chiropractor.  Usually, I’m sitting up, laying on one of my sides or just laying on my back for a short amount of time.  Today, I was on my back longer because I’m still having pain in my ankle and he worked on that tendon for a longer amount of time.  After a while, I started to feel like my head was swimming and I was inching closer to passing out.  The feeling came on kind of suddenly so when I felt it, I told him I needed to sit up.  I felt better after a few minutes once the blood was flowing again. Pregnancy has so many fun surprises.

After I went for a little run/walk last Thursday, I had a lot more ankle pain. Obviously, my body isn’t ready for running right now so it’s back to just walking. I think I’m starting to feel a little improvement, but the pain and tightness is definitely still there. It sucked that the run caused so much pain because it sure felt amazing while I was doing it (aside from the ankle, of course).  Since I’m still having pain in that area, he really worked on the tendon today. It better start cooperating soon! He has been doing ART (Active Release Technique) and this week, he started doing the Graston technique as well. With the Graston technique, he uses a metal tool to help break apart scar tissue along the tendon. Fun stuff, right? Whatever he did today seemed to really make a difference. I’ve still had a few twinges of the pain and tightness, but it’s noticeably better. I’m taking that as a good sign. Today is my birthday so having less pain is a nice little gift :) .

He also told me to use my foam roller at home. I’ve been trying to do that when I can. Sometimes a little thief steals my foam roller though. While I’m rolling on it, he’ll try to come take it and say “No, I have it. Mine. Go mama! Go!”

Let me show you how it’s done, mama

I’m happy that I’m at least able to go for walks now with less pain. When I started my break from running, I couldn’t even handle going for longer walks without pain. I like to wear my running clothes and shoes for my walks. It makes it feel more like I’m doing some kind of real exercise. And I like to be prepared in the event that a miracle happens and my pain vanishes so I can start running at any second. A girl can dream. The problem with wearing my running clothes is that they don’t exactly fit. It has been pretty chilly in the mornings when I walk and trying to wear last winter’s running outfits is just plain comical. When I wore this yesterday, I felt like I had to keep pulling my shirt down to keep the belly from trying to escape.

Beware of the escaping belly at 27 weeks

My other problem with my walks is that walking is really boring. My mom is reading this and saying, “but I like walking!” I’m sorry, but as a runner, I find walking by itself insanely boring. Walking as a break during a run is different and something I have no problem doing. Going for a walk for 2-3 miles or more is SO boring. On Sunday, I went for a short walk and it was drizzling outside. Running is the rain is one of my favorite things to do – it’s refreshing and exhilarating. Walking in the rain felt ridiculous.

I’m beginning to accept that I might not be running much, if at all, for the rest of this pregnancy. It sucks, but what can you do? I’m afraid that by the time my ankle is really healed, I’m going to be huge anyway and running won’t be as comfortable, especially since I haven’t been able to keep at it all along. Only time will tell!

Happy running (and walking)! :)

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Hello optimism

Since my ankle injury has not been improving with rest, I’ve been feeling more hopeless about it.  I’ve been so frustrated because I was really excited about the prospect of staying fit and running throughout this pregnancy.  My body failed me and I have run 3 or 4 times in the past 6 weeks.  I kept thinking that “one more week of rest” or “two more weeks of rest” would do the trick.  No dice.  I saw improvement after my appointment with sports massage therapist, but I still felt like there was a bigger problem to uncover to completely fix my ankle.

That is how I came upon the decision to see a sports medicine chiropractor.  I knew about the doctor I went to see because he lives in my neighborhood and started an endurance club here, but I had never actually met him.  He has completed 5 Ironmans so he’s kind of awesome.

I had never been to a chiropractor before so I didn’t know what to expect from my appointment this morning.  We discussed my ankle, my runner’s knee, and how all of my injuries tend to be on my left leg, all sprinkled in with some neighborhood gossip.  Just kidding, our neighborhood isn’t cool enough to have anything to gossip about.  The good news is that my defective leg can be fixed and does not need to be removed.  What a relief.

He explained that with injuries like mine, there is most likely something out of whack at the hip level.  He also talked about the importance of breaking apart any adhesions and scar tissue in the tendons.  Without doing so, my injuries could become chronic and I’ll have to deal with them for a long time to come.  I’m probably not doing the best job explaining it, but basically, if I don’t do something to fix these injuries now, they aren’t going to just go away on their own.  That is something I had already begun to notice about my knee.  The doctor that diagnosed me had said that it would only go away with 6-8 weeks rest.  Let me tell you, after pretty much not running for 6 weeks, my knee is still stiff and achy at times.  That’s not normal.

The chiropractor noted that one of my legs is ever so slightly longer than the other, but assured me it was an alignment issue and not an anatomical one.  He did all kinds of stuff to my hip, knee, ankle, and calf.  Pressing on different spots while bending my legs or foot certain ways.  Then he applied some RockTape in a similar fashion to how the sports massage therapist did it.

Unfortunately, it’s not a one time fix to make me all better.  He said it could take a few visits or it may take a bit longer.  I head back on Friday for my next treatment then I’ll be back again a few times each week until I start feeling better.

In the meantime, he did say it was okay to run.  Squeeeeee! He recommended doing run-walk intervals to give the tendon a break.  Run for 2-3 minutes and walk for 2-3 minutes so that the tendon gets a break.  If I find that running is still too painful, I won’t do it, but I’m going to give it a shot for a short distance tomorrow.

This may sound silly, but I was so stinkin’ excited after my appointment.  I finally feel optimistic that I can get over both of my injuries – the ankle and the knee – and salvage some of my fitness during the rest of this pregnancy.

Happy running!

P.S. Maryland friends in the Howard County area, check out Elite Chiropractic and Sport.  I can’t say enough good things about them!

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Test run postponed

After my appointment with the sports massage therapist a week and half ago, I was supposed to spend a week doing my strength exercises then go for a test run last Friday.  Unfortunately, I was still feeling that nagging soreness in my ankle, right behind the inside of my ankle bone.  I decided I should try to be smart for once in my life and not bother with the test run that would inevitably cause me more pain.

So onto a new plan.  I’m going to see a sports medicine chiropractor on Wednesday and hopefully he can work some magic or at least give me some ideas on how to get over this really annoying problem.  I’m frustrated that taking such a long break from running hasn’t made a difference so far.  Le sigh.  We shall see.

On the baby bump front, I am now a little over 26 weeks along.  Up until a few weeks ago, the baby’s movement felt more like weird random poking and popping around in there, but now I’m starting to feel more little body parts sticking out of my belly.  It still catches me off guard.  When I was pregnant with Zain, I had an anterior placenta – meaning the placenta was in the front of my belly.  Even though I felt a lot of movement with him, it was a little more muffled.  This time, my placenta is at the top of my uterus so I feel the baby’s movements more clearly.  It’s been really cool to feel and see his little limbs poking out.

We still haven’t done anything to actually prepare for little man #2, but I don’t really feel like there’s much to do anyway.  We’re lucky to already have all the clothes we need for all the right seasons since I’m due in January which is when Zain was born too.  I think we’re a lot more relaxed this time around too since we know now that babies don’t need 5 million things when they’re born – they really just need some comfy clothes, to eat and to get lots of snuggles with mommy and daddy.  I guess they also need a name, huh? That one will take us until the day he’s born to figure out.  Perhaps I need to do a blog baby naming contest? I’m only half joking.  Suggestions for boy names that are as cool as the name Zain are surely welcome :) .

Hopefully I’ll have a happy update about the future of my ankle and pregnant running on Wednesday!

Happy running!

 

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