Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Trying to Be a Smart As Sh*t Athlete

After 11 days of being a SASA (opposite of a DASA – you figure it out) and not running a single step, I went out for a short, slow, easy run. I’m not going to lie. I was scared. I so didn’t want ANY pain (info on my list of injuries HERE).

I know most of you have been there. You have a lot riding on whether or not pain rears its ugly, bastard head during a run or workout. There are two options:

  1. If there is pain, life sucks the big one.  It is the worst day. I probably should rest for a few more WEEKS, which means my early summer race goals are history. My life is over. I can’t face the pool everyday. Water running and swimming laps makes me want to strangle the lifeguard or the old guy who doesn’t wear a swim cap. I hate every runner I see on the road. Non-impact activities bite. Non-impact = non-fulfilling.
  2. If there is no pain, life is suddenly miraculous and wonderful. The sun is out! I love every person I meet! Can I buy you a cup of coffee? This means I can keep moderately training, holding this injury at bay while I get PT and a million other services that I can’t afford and don’t have time for. But, I will be running.

I ran three miles. There was pain. Not intense, awful pain, but nagging pain that should not be there and indicates I am far from healed. My gut is telling me I need to pull back. I hate being smart and sensible. It is no fun, it is boring, it is safe. But, if it means I can get better and get this crap resolved, I will do it.

PT doesn’t start for three weeks, that was the first available appointment. You bet your sweet ass I’ve been calling everyday to make sure I am on the cancellation list. I am a pushy injured runner, yes that is what I am. Squeaky wheel gets the grease. Annoying injured runner gets….the phone hung up on her?

Tonight I will watch the Biggest Loser finale and try not to think about injuries and how running and I are separated for a bit. If Conda wins I might strangle Allison Sweeney and the lifeguard at the pool. I know Conda has lost a lot of weight, but I just don’t like her. She and her bullying, finger waving attitude need to not be rewarded with a win. Just my two cents.

On a side note, I bet Dolvett never gets injured.  If I met Dolvett I would ask if he could rub my injury site.

I am having a bit of a bad and edgy attitude tonight. I’m sure you did not notice. Sometimes it is good to lose the “make lemonade” outlook and just bitch for a moment. Thanks for letting me do that. Please come back another day when I am more mature and sensible.

Who do you hope wins tonight? I hope it’s Kim. I think she’s played a good, solid game. Although something was fishy when she lost 15 pounds last week.

When was the last time you had a bitch-fest? Did it feel good? Before just now on this blog, my last bitch fest was when Sam borrowed my new shirt to dress up like a girl for a video he was making for school. He left all of his 14 year old B.O. in the shirt.

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59 comments:

  1. You put into words exactly how we all feel when we hurt. Thank you and keep ranting and venting! It helps us all because you are right! "If there's pain life sucks the big one!" I'm voting for Kim and and your son looks cute in pink! :)

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  2. I am right there with you on the pain train right now. Back's been acting up a little bit (I know to be very, very careful when I feel the pain in my hip/groin and not actually in my back) and I am on self-imposed rest-from-running for a couple of days. Fingers so. very. very. crossed for the long run I am supposed to do this weekend (which I really, really want to do and is a special scheduling situation if I want to run it with the husband). Thinking of you and thinking good thoughts for us both!

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  3. Love your bitchy side tonight! You might not feel like it, but you do have a good attitude about it - love the snarky comments :)

    Here's hoping the healing doesn't take too long and you are pain free and treating everyone to lattes SOON! In the meantime, love your sense of humor.

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  4. I ran 1.76 miles with pain today on the treadmill. Stopped when the pain got worse. I have hardly run since January 14 thanks to this g.d. neverending hip stress reaction. I am so pissed and am in JUST the mood you are today. Work slapped me around 5 different ways and I really needed a good, pain-free run.

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  5. I was injured last summer, it was such a depressing feeling. Wanting to get out and run and my body not being healthy. I learned my lesson and try to do it right this spring. Reading your post reminded me how awful it was. There are days I know I should rest my legs, but a big part me wants to push harder and hit it hard. I now error on the side of caution. Thanks for blogging and here's to a speedy recovery! I have a feeling you will be back stronger, faster and smarter soon!

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  6. I actually think Dolvett is injured. I read that he broke his ankle recently, Even cute ass, ripped, boot camp loving, hot trainers get injured, so hang in there! What doesn't kill us makes us stronger right?!

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    1. He was in a boot during some am talk show the other day! Wonder if he needs any special home care? Yes please.

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  7. Bad? Edgy? Bitchy? Nah, didn't notice. Been married a long time.

    Swim 4 or 5 Km, you'll feel better after, I'm sure. Or put the bike on a trainer, and ride for 4 or 5 hours, you'll feel better after, I'm sure. Either that or you'll have great material for your next blog.

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    1. Ugh, can't bike either right now. Makes my hamstring tear really hurt. I a mess.

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    2. Do you have music when you swim? My daughter xt in pool for 90 minutes and we got her a waterproof case for her shuffle. Makes the workout a lot easier to take. Bought it at H20Audio.

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    3. Yes, I have a waterproof iPod thing for my shuffle. Still don't like swimming, but it does help.

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  8. Gah...I hate injuries. Two years ago, when I started trying to be a runner, I ended up having major ITB issues. Like, it flared up so badly during the 1/2 I had trained for, that I almost FELL at about mile 7.5. I was devastated! Anyway, I'm starting to up the mileage again (for the same race) and can feel my ITB starting to twinge. I'm totally terrified that it's going to get so bad that I'm going to be sidelined AGAIN...just when I've decided that I'm going to attempt my first FULL marathon later this year. Please, please, PLEASE don't let it!!! I'm stretching, icing, rolling, and weight training to build more muscle but I'm SO scared that it's going to thwart me again, just when I'm really starting to make progress.

    Gah!!

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  9. Sorry that there was pain. Trust your gut, listen to your body

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  10. I was all in for Buddy, but he had to go and be a pansy about contestants coming back. Seriously? Anyone on that show that loses the weight, at home or not, deserves a spot in the finale. So now I'm rooting for either Kim or Jeremy. I agree with you on Conda, even if she has grown in maturity she still needs to grow more. Kim has earned it and can really use the money as a single mom. Jeremy could use the huge self-confidence boost it could provide. Either way I'll be happy.

    How about the at home contestants? Who are you rooting for? My first choice all the way is Cassandra all the way! I love that girl's spunk.

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  11. That picture is priceless. I am sure Sam is thankful you posted it. I know how you feel! I am so injury prone, it stinks! I have missed the same local half in Feb, for the past 3 years because of IT Band! Ugh! Vent away....that's what we are here for.

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  12. My favorite post of yours ever! That is just how I feel when injured....and my thoughts on Biggest Loser! Don't want Conda to win a damn thing. Hope it's better soon. Injuries suck!

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  13. Love your bitchy side!!!! Hope these horrobles days of non running go by in a flash!! I was rooting for Kim or Jeremy..... And yea indeed, Kim loosing so many pounds the last week.... Very weird.....but I am happy she win the car!

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  14. So glad you're bitching openly and honestly. I think we all know it's best to be positive, but sometimes that can only happen after some serious venting!

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  15. Missy @ MileswithmissyMay 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Love your honesty :) And your blog! I totally agree with you about Conda. She and her attitude should've been gone a long time ago. Kim, she was definitely in it to win it, but I also agree about her weight loss last week. Jeremy totally deserved it! He worked hard and maintained a great attitude throughout the season!!!

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  16. I am going to be sad if Casandra doesn't win the at home prize.

    If Conda or her brother win, I think the world will have some major karma to make up for.

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  17. Let your bitchy flag FLY, girl - we've ALL been there and it helps to have someoene give voice to our inner crabby self. Also - your son has more cleavage in that shirt than I would. DAMMIT! ;D

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  18. Well now that I can unfortunately say I am going through this too, I know how much it just plain SUCKS. I am sad and cranky and just "meh" for lack of a better word, so I definitely feel your pain... almost literally. I hope you get yours fixed soon!

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  19. When I was 14 I started a friendship that has prevented me from ever waiting 3 weeks for a PT appointment. Fingers crossed that you'll get your cancellation soon.

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  20. Sorry about the injuries, that sucks. Been there, totally know how you feel.

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  21. 3 weeks for PT to start?! that's a bunch of BS! Ugh! I hope these next few weeks go by quickly!!

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  22. I got sprung from the boot this week and told I can start walking, and if no pain by next week, slowly ease back into running. I am so scared that I will refracture my foot. I walked 3 miles yesterday, gingerly, and got braver as I walked pain free. I had a little bit of aching in the area of the fracture last night, but nothing this morning. I have set a race goal for September, a half marathon in Wisconsin--North Face Endurance Challenge. If I don't make it to that, I'm done for this year, race-wise.

    An occasional bitch-fest feels good. I think I've used up my allotment for this year, tho! I hope both of us are back on the road soon!

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  23. I have not run in 17 wks. I have been bitchy for17 wks.

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  24. I have been dealing with a right quad pain for a few weeks. I wasn't smart about it and now I have the flu and I can't do anything. I think it's Gods way of telling me to sit the hell down for a week...at least. I can't say I'm happy about it. I did watch the Biggest Loser last night wearing my "team bob" shirt.hahaha My husband just shakes his head.

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  25. I am just starting back to running after an entire YEAR off due to two hard to heal injuries with 2 boots. UGH! I feel your pain! Non-impact exercise sucks and makes for a grumpy non-runner. My husband and kids would completely agree! And now running again is so hard that it makes me mad b/c I'd come so far before and now I'm struggling with 3 miles.
    Keep at the PT cancellation list! It is amazing and I give my PT all the credit for helping me heal. I don't know where I'd be without the ASTYM treatments!
    All that said complain away! You'll feel better!
    Dolvett is actually injured. He broke his ankle on a trampoline. He's from Atlanta and call into one of our local radio stations all the time b/c he is best friends with the DJ. Anyway, even hot, super fit trainers get hurt! Sort of makes you feel better!

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  26. Sorry about the pain in the run, but happy that Conda didn't win as well! take care...

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  27. So sorry to hear you're still feeling injured, but can completely relate with hating every runner on the side of the road. I've gotten so angry when I have been injured I even got crabby watching small children play soccer and run. Running can have terrible side effects on one's humanity.

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  28. This was exactly what I needed today! I am training for a 1/2 that is on May 19th. I am now on day 7 of no running. Broken pelvis and dislocated hip when I was stupid at 16 seems to rear it's ugly KARMA head during training. Chiropractor has helped, but hoping for 4 miles tonight... I didn't even want Jeremy to win because he's related to that little snot Conda! Love your blog!

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  29. Are you able to swim or cycle? So sorry to hear you're going through this again.

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    1. Yes, swim. No, cycle. At least for now. The seat hits right by where my hamstring tear is.

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  30. I'm so with you. I am nursing a calf tear which is going on week 7 of not running like I want. My chiro/sports dr says I can still work out, I'm doing a lot of non running activity. Some days it feels great (a 6 mile run at hp goal pace on Saturday because I was depressed that all my friends were running the half that I had to miss? no problem) and I will feel the end is in sight, and then others it hurts like hell and I can't figure out what exercise is making it hurt. I am going to ask the dr tomorrow if an MRI is in order at this point. I'm annoyed, to say the least.

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  31. Amen sister. It's okay...it's your blog so b*tch if you want to. I can relate these days w/ my pulled hip flexor. Plus you are hilarious. We'll still be here! :)

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  32. You described the injury cycle perfectly. After two months of not running, I started building up slowly on the treadmill. Yesterday it was so beautiful out, I decided to head outside for an easy 3 miles. It was so AMAZING!! I just couldn't bring myself to turn around at 1.5 miles so I ended up being out for about 6 miles. I felt like I was flying. I was the crazy person waving to the prairie dogs, happily jumping over the horse poop on the trail, smiling at the mangy dog that always barks like crazy when I run by. Yes, my foot hurt but I was so happy out there I just ignored it. Best. Day. Ever. Today I am limping again...Worst. Day. Ever. Injuries suck!

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  33. Ahhhh Beth, I am so sorry to hear about the recent pain. That's one laundry list of injuries and I just know you are going to overcome them. I have a feeling you are like me in the fact that you will search out any answer/cure there is out there and won't take no for an answer until you are back out there doing what you love. I'm rooting for ya girl.

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  34. Ugh, being on the DL stinks. Kinda like your shirt after your son wore it, I'd think (great payback posting that picture, by the way, bet he's thrilled about that!). I'd be, um, unpleasant to be around if it were me. Hoping you get into PT sooner than three weeks and everything heals up much quicker than you expect!

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  35. While I was injured with my hip cartilage tear and even now after surgery as I'm rehabbing and not able to run yet, when I see runners on the road I have an overwhelming urge to throw rocks at them. I said this out loud once to my boyfriend and he was horrified. I'm a terrible person!

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  36. I am in the same dumbass boat as we speak,, got an injury just got done with dr and PT and it still hurts when I run,, Dr says oh go ahead and run if it isnt to badmm if it gets eally bad ,, come back and see me !! Lol so thats what I am going to do,, already missed 2 races this year WTF !!! I so relate to you Woman,, Kepp on Blogging .. please !

    Tammy

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  37. I can relate to how your feeling. I love reading your blog, it helps not to feel alone with these struggles. Talk about a back up with PT, hope you get in sooner.

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  38. I haven't been able to run for 12 weeks (initially due to shoulder surgery, and then I somehow got Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome in both feet). I curse every runner I see (silently when the kids are with me). Have been pool running for 8 weeks. Pool running sucks ass. If I don't get to run soon I may lose my mind.

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  39. Can you do the elliptical backwards? I know that sounds so wacky, but that's what I've been doing for a couple of weeks now and I am so unbelievably surprised at how pleasingly bigger my ass is getting...which indicates functional muscle mass to me. And I can sweat my ass off and hold my HR around 135 for over an hour, get off that thing and feel both wiped and energized, sore and strong...all those pre-injury awesome feelings I used to get from running. I listen to really upbeat music and just crank on it. No pain. All gain. And then when I go for a short run, I feel less pain, more strength and more focus. Kind of a win-win-win...no lose. The time really flies if you also read People or USWeekly or InTouch while you're doing it.

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    1. This is a great suggestion - I will try it. If I don't have any pain, this would be a good alternative for me. I just have to make sure it doesn't pull too much on my hamstring tear. Why backwards?

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    2. backwards puts more emphasis on the glutes and doesn't overtax the hip flexors (according to my PT). works the running muscles but in a different way so the whole repetitive stress thing theoretically isn't a factor. you can maintain better posture...more upright w/ hips more open (tucked under sort of). i've been doing 8 min backward/2 min forward or 4/1 or some similar ratio to mix it up lest that backward thing become problematic :) i have to say whipping out 100 minutes of sweat w/ HR at 135 and feel no pain is pretty amazing. Kind of like the good old days :) Good luck to you with it!

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  40. this is just the second time i've checked out your blog, and how timely!! i'm training for my first 5k which is so important to me since i'm doing it to honor my aunt, and help save my cousin's life. scleroderma.org A week and a half ago I strained from my outer foot to my hip, which forced an old ligament injury to act up. i have been rice-ing as much as a mother of a toddler can, and am planning on trying out the treadmill today. I have been praying to the gods of training all day that i make it!!

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  41. I just put my head in my hands because I had three cancelled meetings this morning and it looks like I am having another one right now. This day can go suck it.

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    1. At least we're on the same wave length.

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  42. I agree with you totally! On Monday my Hubby and I went for a 3.5 mile run. Easy right? NOT!!! I had pain! I wanted so badly to run away from my issues of the day but running with pain only made it worse. Watch out everyone the big "B" comes out! Wishing you a "sunshiny day" kind of run! :)

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  43. Ugh--I'm sorry Beth. But glad you are following the SASA protocol.

    I haven't watched BL yet--it's my reward tonight, but I hope KIM does too. She was a hard worker, former athlete, mama that lead the team and was one of the few I would actually cheer for this season!

    I have bitched CONSTANTLY about my full-time job...bleh. Over it.

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  44. I just had my oh so not nice fest ALL last week! Glad it is over for the moment.

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  45. I don't watch Biggest Loser so have no preference for a win. Last bitch fest was today at work with a co-worker who shares a mutual dislike for another snotty, bitch co-worker who is a nightmare. Felt great!

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  46. Awk!! I'm so sorry Beth that you're not fully healed after you little hiatus from running. Sucks! Glad you're being smart about this all....though I'm sure margarita really help speed recovery so if you ever want to go and get one and vent, just give me a shout, would love to meet up with you!

    Who are you going to see for PT?

    Bitchy? Me? Um, wasn't my last email to you about 2 months ago one huge bitch-fest? Probably why no one ever emails me anymore. Hahaha. Okay, I shouldn't be laughing at that statement.

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  47. Oh so have been where you are right now and yes... IT SUCKS THE BIG ONE!!!!! Wishing and praying for a speedy recovery for you.

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  48. I'm tardy to the Biggest Loser party here, but oh yeah, did I ever loathe Conda. Besides being whiny, immature, and a huge bitch, when she was being nice/emotional/whatever, she seemed incredibly fake. Fake tears, fake emotion, just saying what she thought she was supposed to say. And as one who seemed to complain constantly, I can't see her keeping up even a fraction of the exercise AT ALL now that the show's over. I liked Kim well enough, but Cassandra and Emily were my favorites.

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