Friday, December 21, 2012

Five for Friday {Dec 21st}

1. Injury Update: I went to a sports doctor earlier this week who recommended I do physical therapy.  My pelvis/hip area is tilted a bit which makes one of my legs seem a tad longer than the other.  I also have weak hips which we are going to work on strengthening.  The physical therapist was confident that once I strengthen my muscles everything will be aligned which will make things feel better.  The exercises I have to do are tough, but I can feel the burn in muscles so I know something is working.  They said I could still run, but to keep the distance around three miles at a time.  I feel so much better knowing that I have a schedule to help things heal and get stronger!


2. I made a decision two weeks ago and finally bought a Body Media Fit armband to help with my weight loss efforts.  It arrived last week and I already love it.  
I'll do a full review soon, but, man, this thing is awesome.  It essentially tracks my calorie burn throughout the day which makes tracking calories so much easier.  After one week I've already lost two pounds!  It has been several months since I have seen any progress on the weight loss front so I am so excited to have found something that is helping me.  

3. In November I signed up for pv.body after seeing Lindsay blog about the new company.  It is a monthly subscription where you receive a workout top and bottom for about $50.  This is a heck of deal because the outfits they send out retail at least $100.  You take a short quiz about your activity, size, and style and they pick out the items and ship them to you each month.  They are still starting up and have been overloaded with orders so it took a while to get my first outfit, but it was worth the wait!  It came in a cute pink envelope and was nicely wrapped in tissue paper.  

I got a blue, racer back tank top from Electric Yoga and black leggings from Nux.  I have never heard of either company before but my outfit probably retails about $120!  

I'm not sure I will wear the two pieces out together (not sure the look works for me), but I love them individually.  
The top is light, sweat wicking, and flattering and the leggings might be the comfiest bottoms I have ever worn.  These tights are so soft and fit perfectly, not too baggy and not too tight.  And with the flat waist band there is no "muffin top" happening.  They are also seamless so they would be great on a chilly day under pants or under a dress.    

4. Christmas is only a few days away, can you believe it?!?  I can't.  Of course, Christmas is my absolute, favorite holiday.  It is also our busy season at work, so I will be here in Chicago.  I am really bummed I am not able to spend time with my family, but I am trying to stay positive.  I have plans to have dinner with a friend, go look at Christmas lights, and watch holiday movies over the next few days.  I will definitely be Skyping my family on Christmas as well.  It is difficult to not see them this time of year, but I am scheduling trips to visit soon!

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Mysterious Ache

I've been in a bit of funk lately.  Since the marathon working out has been sporadic.  I have been having issues with my left calf for over a month now which is making it difficult to work out.  Remember during marathon training when I had that strange leg pain.  Well it went away after a week or two and all was good for the marathon, but about two weeks after the race it started to hurt again.  

It is hard to describe what it feels like.  It is a fullness/pressure/numb sensation that is really annoying.  I have been visiting a wellness center with a chiropractor and massage therapist the past three weeks who were trying to help me with some physical and manual therapy to figure out what is going on.  When I run I don't feel anything or at least don't notice the pain.  I haven't really figured out a pattern to the pain or what makes it better or worse.  Sometimes after climbing the stairs my leg feels uncomfortable and extremely fatigued, but just my left leg.  My leg is also uncomfortable just lying in bed or sitting down or standing up.  I haven't figured out much that makes it feel better though.  
The doctor thought it might be a combination of my orthotics in a stability shoe.  She said I don't pronate enough to need that much support and, in general, orthotics in a stability shoe is too much support for anyone, so I have ditched the orthotics.  On her suggestion I took one week off of running, which hasn't helped my attitude that much.  I have been biking, but its not the same as a run.  The whole week my leg still hurt.  

My first run after the week off I kept short and the pace easy and everything felt fine; no pain.  On my follow up appointment she asked if anything has improved in the past few weeks and I told her not really.  The massage and stretches have helped just a bit, but the overall ache in my leg has not improved.  She recommended taking more time off running and/or seeing another doctor to get some kind of nerve testing done.  She can only do so much at their location and after checking many different things she is not sure what is going on.
  
I just want an answer as to why my leg feels so weird and what I can do to make the pain go away.  It is very frustrating because I enjoy running and not being able to run makes me upset.
I have run two times since that last appointment.  One was short and slow and the second I was feeling really good so ran about three miles and at a faster pace.  Everything felt fine during the run, but later that afternoon, at work, my left leg began to hurt again and is still achey today.  I don't really know what to do.  Right now I'm going to rest some more and say no running for another week or so.  I have also made an appoitment with a sports doctor in hopes they will be able to help.  

I am upset by the whole situation, but I'm trying hard to not dwell on the negative.  This is our busy season at the Spa and Fitness Center so work has been keeping me busy.  Of course Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year so I am trying to enjoy every moment with Christmas music, tree decorating, baking, shopping, looking at lights, and watching holiday movies.
My Christmas Tree 

How do you deal with an injury?