Injuries Suck and a Brain Dump

Being injured is just a big pile of poo. My naggy back-of-the-knee pain will not go away and it is about to drive me crazy. It subsides a lot when I don’t run, but never completely away and when I think I’m safe to run again, BAM post-run it’s back.

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Okay, I’m being a little whiny, but I know you fellow runners/exercises/just generally active people feel my pain (pun somewhat intended). It stinks being side-lined by an injury and to be honest I’m not dealing with it too well, and it’s bumming me out a lot.

For one, I really hate sitting still, I mean I can laze around watching Food Network for hours (especially if Paula Deen is on) but there comes I point where I I have to get up and DO something to save my sanity. Two, I’m the worst injured person ever. Luckily I’ve never had any major injuries, but I usually just try to ignore the pain and keep on keepin’ on. Hey, I never claimed to be smart about injury prevention. And lastly I’ve got some big races coming up, races I really need to train for and I can’t, lamelamelame.

Okay, pity party over. Here’s what I’m doing to try to speed up recovery:

  • Ice, lots and lots of it
  • Stretching, trying to get back in the habit of regular yoga because I can tell my hamstrings/calves are tightttt.
  • Anti-Inflammatories, which is a big deal because I’m a hippie and will avoid taking pills for as long as possible. Desperation is sinking in.
  • Low impact exercises, I’ve been a spin class FREAK, I might even resort to the elliptical soon, yuck I hate that thing.

How do you keep your sanity when you’re injured? 

Time for a brain dump, AKA all that random thoughts that filter through my head on a daily basis.

  • I hate road closures, I’ve literally ran into 6 different ones since I’ve been home, why you gotta be so difficult to navigate Raleigh? 
  • BYOK>BYOL and by BYOK I mean Bring Your Own Kale, that should be a thing, because I totally would.

    I mean, I already put it in cupcakes

     

  • Forget Walgreens, there should be a Trader Joe’s on every corner. Pretty please.
  • Peanut butter fixes everything. I was making a tofu/veggie stir fry and couldn’t find a good asian-y sauce (is that even PC to say?) so I mixed in peanut butter with a little salt and pepper. Problem solved.
  • These need to get in my belly ASAP

  • You can totally judge a fro yo place by how good their chocolate flavor is.
  • 85% cacao, come on Joe, step it up, where’s my 100% at?
  • This afternoon I pulled up the wrong way to the gas pump and 5 different cars of people watched me get back in the car, start it up and turn it around. Sometimes my own intelligence just amazes me.
  • Tomorrow afternoon I will be on the beachhhhh. Well not exactly on the beach because it’s supposed to be in the 40s (ew) but beach adjacent.
  • Thrift Shop is the most relatable hip hop song I’ve heard in a while. I can’t relate to:

    But I can relate to shopping at a thrift store, oh so much.

  • Sorry for being horrible with keeping up one comments/reading/all forms of social media, I’ve been enjoying spring break by spending less time on the computer. I miss you guys but I’m enjoying being a little unplugged, I promise I’ll catch back up soon!

How do you deal with an injury?

What’s your brain brain dump for today?

Tuesday Tangents

I think my brain is officially dead. Thank goodness there’s only 3 days until spring break. This girl needs some major sleep.

Enter tangents, because cohesiveness is not happening tonight.

  1. The guy sitting next to me in my 8 AM class was dipping. First off, EWWW! Dipping is pretty much the nastiest habit you could have, it’s a million times worse than smoking in my opinion. Two, 8 AM!? Seriously? Why is it necessary to dip at 8 AM? Three, I’m pretty sure tobacco is banned in all campus buildings, but of course my professor didn’t say anything. I don’t think I’ll be able to look at a Gatorade bottle for a while. Ewewewewew.
  2. My leg still hurts. I’m dying to go for run, hurry up and feel better leg!Photo0918
  3. Only four people came to my Pilates class tonight, but I actually really enjoyed having a smaller class. They were all regulars so I got to work them extra hard and throw in more advanced exercises I don’t usually get to teach. I also accidentally turned on a running playlist instead of my Pilates playlist (hey P’s are right next to R’s!) so we did Pilates to Ke$ha. I didn’t hate it and I think my Thursday class will be getting some Ke$ha as well 🙂
  4. Sometimes I eat really weird things in the name of protein:peanut butter egg whites
    Scrambled egg whites with peanut butter, a teeny squirt of honey, cinnamon and vanilla. Sweet scrambled eggs? Why not. My roommates think I’m crazy when I eat things like this.
  5. This article about mindful awareness is pretty awesome. I will definitely be incorporating some of these tips into my life because I’m about as unmindful as it gets at the moment.
  6. I’ve applied for eight internships in the past 2 days, EIGHT! Someone please hire me, I would really like to graduate college.
  7. There are not enough kittens on my Pinterest home page and that needs to change.

    Much better.

  8. Ginger tea is amazing, it seriously clears all my tummy aches right up. And I’m a ginger fanatic so it’s pretty tasty too.
  9. I start a weight training class tomorrow, I’m taking it as a one hour elective because I’m determined to squeeze in at least one elective before I graduate college, crazy schedule or not. And I’m ready to get some muscles. I’m also keeping my eyes peeled for an opening in a Swimming for Non-Swimmers class though because it would also be pretty awesome to learn how to swim before I graduate college.
  10. I’m obsessed with the song Thrift Shop. I know I’m a little late to the party, but I can’t stop listening to it. Seriously, I put it on repeat every morning while I get ready, it pumps me up for the day.
    Today I also realized just how sporadic my taste in music is, today my music alternated between Thrift Shop, Jesus music, George Gershwin, Mumford & Sons and Ke$ha. Makes no sense, but I love it.

What are your tangents for today?

What’s a habit other people have that you can’t stand?

What are you listening to lately?