Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hobbling Along

This is how I roll around now

I have so many thoughts, but have unsuccessfully been able to write them out.
It seems most things have a cantankerous tone, and I just delete them. 

Injury is hard for many reasons:

No running just sucks!

My clothes are getting tighter already

The unknowns when you return to running

The criticism from others about overuse

The realization this may be my reality one day

I read this article:

Because I have been receiving a lot of chastising over my injury. 
Let me share the most important part to me:
However, the health benefits of exercise seemed to diminish among people who ran more than 20 miles a week, more than six days a week, or faster than eight miles an hour.  The sweet spot appears to be five to 19 miles per week at a pace of six to seven miles per hour, spread throughout three or four sessions per week.  (that's always been my normal week)

Even marathon training I didn't make a crazy jump in mileage. 

These type of articles are a bit ambiguous, but it helped me to feel like I wasn't attempting anything too crazy, when it comes to running.

My sports medicine doctor did say during my initial visit that I just needed to find my sweet spot and enjoy it. His question,  "If you could run 15 miles a week the rest of your life, would you be happy?"

My Doc, always gracious, reminded me I am no spring chicken, and we are all limited, or blessed with our own genetics, so he'd like to see me find my sweet spot and stay there, even I feel I could do more. 

Since I am still in my boot, I honestly haven't thought much about running. I have been so busy at work, and running back and forth to classes at night, I don't have much time to dwell.

I've spent lots of time here the past few weeks. I try to spend about 15 minutes swimming laps and class is an hour.

My average heart rate   
 My max heart rate
This has been my average for about 75 minutes of water work. Trying something new has been good for me. 

I've spent a lot of time cycling up pretend hills too  

Obviously, right now I am very sensitive, but for me, one of  the most frustrating parts of my injury has been those who smugly pass judgement that clearly I am crazy, and running is bad for you.  
It seems my fractured state is the expected, reasonable penance for my running sins. 

This statement explains why I haven't done a lot of blog writing lately...

Anyone ever hear the "overuse" word and want to curse? 

Tell me how you are - I miss all my blog buddies 
I hope to be reading through blogs again very soon. 


  1. Hope you have a heathy recovery. At least you are still doing some forms of activity. I hate that word overuse as well. Like we are going stop doing something we love. -L

    1. I will accept that I may need to adjust what I am doing, but stopping...you are right, it's not going to happen :) Thanks, I feel like the recovery is coming along.

  2. I CRINGE whenever non-runners talk about how bad running is and use the word 'overuse' -- it's even worse when people who don't exercise at all pass judgement.

    Even if *definitive* research came out that running was bad for our health (I honstly don't think that will ever happen) I would still do it!!! I mean, I still eat pizza and burgers from time to time so .... you gotta do things that make you happy otherwise life isn't worth living! :)

    I hope you're back in your running shoes soon! I am sure those 15 miles per week are calling your name!

  3. Miss you. Don't let all the negativity get to you. It seems everyone has an opinion once you are injured. Injuries Happen. Simple as that You'll get back to it because you enjoy it.

    1. I hope this is my one real experience with an injury taking me out like this! I can handle ice, a few days rest, but this was a bit over the top. I sure do miss you life gets in the way and I can't blog read.

  4. No fun! Staying busy with other activities like you are is a great idea!

    1. I have tried to do what I can and stay as strong as I can. I guess I will see soon if it paid off :)

  5. Miss you too. You will be back running in not times. This injury will be a distant memory. At least you are keeping busy.

    1. Fingers crossed this will be a distant memory soon :) I enjoyed catching up and seeing your awesome blanket! I really do miss you all.

  6. I do hate the term overuse, even when it is true! I do agree about finding your sweet spot. Take care and don't over do it ;) You will be back to running soon.

    1. Ha, overuse just has an evil ring to it!
      It's sad my body can't seem to keep up with my mind lol Going to have to work smarter.

  7. F&CK THEM!!! Karen, I read your blog, your running schedule, and your workouts. You run SMART. You gradually increase your mileage. You take rest days when you need them. Whenever you feel something is tight or a twinge, you take a day or two off and baby it. You strength train. You cross train. You are doing everything right! Yes, find your sweet spot, but don't let ANYONE tell you that running is bad for you or that you did something WRONG because you got injured. We ALL get injured. No matter how careful you are, it is bound to happen. It sucks, yes, but eff all those people who are trying to make you feel bad about it. You are a smart runner, and I know when you are able to run again, you will continue listening to your body.

    1. I probably needed some of that Megan cheerleading the last few weeks!!!!!!! I have tried to smart about how much I run, when I run, etc...I am very tired of hearing everyone say how bad runnig is for you. It's a fine liine, I often feel I could do more but worry about overding it. Very hard to find a limit and never have an injury I guess. I wish I could say F em, without letting it wear me out so much. Geesh, I missed you Megan.

    2. We miss you too, Karen! Being injured is a great time for soul searching, but don't make any decisions now. Just take it one day at a time. When you're running again, you'll be more clear headed and you will continue to run smart (the way you always do) and make good decisions for yourself. :) You should read the book Ready to Run. The author is a GREAT cheerleader and is VERY adamant that the human body is designed to run. Congrats on getting your boot off! :) It's funny, when I was wearing my knee brace, I realized I didn't see many injured people at the gym. A lot of people, if they just injure one part of their body, they give up completely. Not you. You are determined. So it is your determination and smarts that make you such an awesome athlete that I admire.

  8. I'm so sorry people have been giving you a hard time Karen. Injuries are hard enough with out people wanting to blame something you've done. I don't think running is bad for people, but I do agree each person has a sweet spot. My body doesn't like streaking and can only handle so many miles a week.

    1. My body needs rest too! I will be trying to find my sweet spot for sure, and will live in easy paced land for a long time.

  9. Hi Karen, sorry to hear it has been so rough. I am just entering my 40s and in the last three years, since becoming a mother, I've wondered if I'll have time in the next decade much. Imagine my dismay when I tried to get back into running in 2013 only to discover that (1) I wasn't enjoying running; (2) the weight wasn't coming off. In desperation, I tried cutting back calories only to find myself miserable. I (accidently) found a way of eating that works for me, and lost much weight last year and was at a marathon-like weight for four months before becoming pregnant. Now I'm two months post-partum and slowly trying to get back to the way of eating that worked so well, and finding that it's a little harder right now, mostly because I am giving myself leeway because I'm breastfeeding.

    Anyhoo, long story short, I hope to get back into running, but who knows when it will happen. When I tried to run while nursing baby #1, my milk supply seemed to suffer, so I don't know if I'll be running this year, but I've got my fingers crossed!!

    And lastly, because this shouldn't be all about me (and now this is getting long), you seem active enough with hubby that I'm sure you'll find something other than running to stay fit!

    1. The joys of aging! Weight and exercise in general does become more challenging when you hit your 40's and for me I am closer to 50. We just didn't know how good we had in our 30's lol
      That's good the paleo way works for you, that's the hard part knowing what works. Your little ones are so young, they have to be your priority, but the day will come when you have a little more time, and running may not be exactly like it was when you were pre-kid, but with each phase of life has something different to offer and hopefully as we change we can embrace where we are.
      Please stay in touch :) I totally understand needing a break, but I need updates to know you are doing well!

    2. Hey Karen, thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi -- it's always good to hear from you! I'm actually enjoying not having the pressure of posting anything; I really felt like it was important to stick to a schedule, so to not have any posting commitments is actually very freeing and is allowing me to enjoy reading others' blogs (like yours). The time off is paying off; I'm still trying to find my rhythm juggling my time between my daughter and my son. I can't wait until she is old enough to enjoy watching HIM play and that will free me up a little around the house!!

  10. I can relate to this...
    I had a pretty bad cold about 4 weeks ago which I sure I got from lack of sleep after spending 3 nights in an ICU with my Dad. After I got rid of it (it took 2 weeks), I caught the next thing from my kids...Everyone kept blaming my running. I heard, "You are sick because you go out and exercise in the winter..." Seriously???? I don't say to them, "You are sick because you don't exercise..."
    When I had a stress fracture a couple of years ago, people's first response was, "You should give up running..." Really??? I am 44 years old, and the ONLY person in my family who is NOT on blood pressure meds, NOT a diabetic, and who does NOT have heart disease...truth.
    So my advice, try and let it roll off your back, take some of it out on that spin bike. Have a glass of wine with the hubby, who I am sure "gets it", and when you are healed up proudly wear your marathon shirt around so everyone can see!
    As you can see, I also "run to burn off the crazy", perhaps I need to do a few miles now!? :)
    This too, shall pass!

    1. I relate to everything you said! I get tired of hearing you shouldn't...blah, blah, blah. I am trying to let it roll off my back :) Some days are better than others. I am glad your Dad is doing better now.
      I will always adjust as needed , but quit...never :)


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