Catching up and healing

I’m not sure what is worse, an accident injury or over-training injury. I guess both are accidents in a way and I have no one to blame but myself.

So I went to a shoulder doctor and found out what I did, to myself. I basically destroyed my acromioclavicular joint. How badly?

In a Type III AC separation both acromioclavicular and coracoclavicular ligaments are torn without significant disruption of the deltoid or trapezial fascia.[4] A significant bump, resulting in some shoulder deformity, is formed by the lateral end of the clavicle. This bump, caused by the clavicle’s dislocation, is permanent. The clavicle can be moved in and out of place on the shoulder. A radiographic examination, will show the results as abnormal. Pain with motion can be severe.

Basically my shoulder and collarbone will never be attached again. It’s okay, I think they can both more on. However, it will take about 6-8 weeks to heal.

For the most part, it won’t affect my daily activity with the exception of swimming.

Running

On Friday, 5 days after my accident, I went back to running and tested myself on quick 5k.

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On Sunday, Tony and I went on a hilly 7 miler, which felt really though. With almost two weeks of no real distance running, my body was happy and content being lazy. Taking just a week break makes me see just how easy it is to fall of the “wagon.”

We did start off the run with some deer sightings and ended with a bald eagle flying over us. Hard to feel crappy about pace, when you’re in nature on a beautiful road.

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On Monday, I was able to have a decent 10 miler with 8 miles at incline 3 at 7:43 pace. Just enough to regain some confidence for the Jamestown Half Marathon this Saturday.

Biking

Ahh, biking, will I ever be able to go down a hill without freaking out again? Only one way to find out. However, my bike is still sitting in my garage, waiting for a cleaning. However, my new helmet has arrived and is ready to go. I did sign up for two spin classes this week on Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday class went okay and shoulder was only annoyed with me when I shifted too much weight on it.

The sad news, I learned that my cleats that I use for my road bike are not the same as the Spin bikes. Complete bummer, so now I’m adding another pair of shoes to my collection! Luckily, I had a citysports 25% off =)

I’m telling you, if you want a challenge, try doing a power spin class in the wrong spin shoes that don’t fit in the the sneaker cage, or the clip in part. Yea, I’m all about giving myself stupid challenges.

Swimming

This will be the stress factor of it all. As of right now, I’ve been away from the pool for over two weeks. I’m still taking Advil at least once a day to bring down the inflammation and freestyle strokes are not possible until I can put on and off a sports bra without crying a bit. The upward arm movement is what hurts the most.

Needless to say, my dreams of being a tennis pro are over.

I’ve been stressing over wetsuits as well. With my shoulder injury, I might need more flexibility and go for a sleeveless vs. full sleeve version. But then, what kind of buoyancy do I want? In my hips? In my chest? What brand? Should I just rent one instead? I could rent one for $50 which I personally still think is pricey! Or buy one for around $200.

On the bright side, I saw the time limit for the swim was raised from 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. I will take that as a sign that I am meant to do this. Injury, or no injury, in less than two months, I will be a half ironwoman.

Life in between

As for other things? How am I spending my recovery? Shopping!

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I love how I got this casual blazer for $19 vs original $130 at Banana Republic

Which is good, because I went and spent all my savings on make-up for my black eye.

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And let me tell you something, if you want to get a lot of weird pity looks, good to Sephora with a black eye. Ooo the looks the ladies gave me!

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Yes, I’m probably the only girl woman, who owned no make-up until now. What does weird me out a little, is that the other day, I went to a spin class and a sweaty 5K and my make-up barely moved. If we can create this, why can’t we cure cancer yet?

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Fourth of the July for the first time in however long I remember was a rainstorm. So we minimized grilling and instead made some tasty pulled pork and sides on Friday.

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Because of the storm on Friday, Boston moved it’s fireworks to Thursday night, only to move it up 30 minutes earlier than planned so we missed most of the show. However, it must have been perfect timing because it started to pour like crazy as soon as the show ended. Yay climate change!

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Over the weekend, we went to visit my parents in the Catskills (Monticello, NY)

Where more grilling and meat eating occurred.

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A few miles from them is this beautiful ranch on top of a hill with camels, llamas and all sorts of livestock!

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And across the street from it all, is the church of little green man! How weird is that! There’s some creepy/cool collection of bones in front for display too. Maybe its the animal graveyard? Ironically enough, this is also about 1-2 miles from a large cemetery. Creepy!

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and I got to visit this guy:

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He loves selfies way more than Jack Meower.

Maybe it was the weather, or us leaving early on Sunday, but traffic wasn’t as bad in the past. We made a highway pit stop in Hartford for dinner.

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And now it’s back to every day life. Working, sleeping and trying to get back on track of some healthy eating after a weekend of meats, meats and meats.

QOTD

What’s new with you? I’ve been fairly quiet lately and spending lots of time napping. I call it recovery, or maybe it’s this hot humid days of summer. I wasn’t lying when I say with the exception of the snow and my oil bill, I love winter.

If eating McDonald’s Angus Deluxe is wrong I don’t ever want to be right.

10.5 miles elliptical

10 mile run 1:25 8:27 average pace of being hot fun and sweaty!

Thursday turned into a 2 part workout. B The plan, all good things have a plan, was to wake up at 6AM, do an 8 mile run and call it a day. B Well like all good plans this want ended with several snoozes and me being in bed until 7:15 and realizing if I don’t wake up soon I’ll be late for work.

Then I was going to attempt a 6 mile fast run during lunch but once again I failed. B I forgot my sneakers, instead my mind this morning thought I needed two sets of workout clothes instead. B My co-worker let me borrow her sneakers so I caught up with the elliptical instead.

After work I ended up with some extra time as I was waiting for a certain somebody so I looked at the clock, grabbed myB Hand-held BottleB added aB lemonadeB nuun B B (my favorite flavor) and headed out the door. B My run was a mix of 8 and 9 minute miles. B I walked every 2 miles or so to cool off and drink from my bottle. B Even during races I hate running and drinking as the same time. B Either way I eventually ran out of time and cut the run at 10 miles.

Refuel? B This baby.

Sorry fitness bloggers, but sometimes you just really need an Angus Deluxe to test out your arteries!

Also I came home today and I saw a giant box so I thought Tony ordered something fun, instead it was this:

Come on amazon! Stop being so wasteful. B At least Jack has a new toy…

He’s been hard at work lately.

Climbing ladders

Taking a break from all the house fixing he’s been doing.

And how is he fueling for all this work?

I guess Jack, just like his owners loves carbs in bread orB granolaB form!

Being not cool… What I ate Friday…

So I didn’t get theB covetedB Reebok invitation for a fitblog conference in their Boston headquarters.

I guess writing about your undying love for salsa isn’t exactly fit or blog worthy. B So before I take my sorrow out into a bag of Tosititos and a jar of Chichis, I had my own conference to go to. B A tax conference!

I won’t get into the specifications of the exciting world of state nexus, and income repatriation but, I’ll share the eats.

The conference was hosted at the Sheraton in Needham, MA. B Aside from being in the middle of nowhere west of Boston, it was a nice hotel.

Breakfast was fruit, cereals, pastries, and these awesome egg whites with cheese and spinach whole-wheat wraps.

Lunch was a salad, some white fish, and I don’t know what the stuffing in the chicken is but I want more. B Please?

They gave us too many options for dessert so of course I had to test taste them all

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It was an all day conference so I had to stay focused somehow

I know you’re jealous, don’t lie.

Upon reviewing my food options, I guess I can see why I’m not invited to health conferences. B No worries, I got a half marathon tomorrow! B It’s all about the carbo loading.. Sugar is carbs, I’m good.

What was also cool was that one of the presenters managed to use this picture in a slide… and they say tax accountants have no sense of humor.

And the best part, the swag!!!

You always need the duckie! B As for the golf ball… that will have fitness use. B I intend to massage my pain in the butt sciatic nerve with it.

Hope you all had a great Friday!

Weekend Recap – or just Saturday since Sunday I just ran, a lot

YouB guessedB it, aside from myB Long Run on Sunday, I went to go see the Hunger Games on Saturday. B The theatre near my house has this awesome directors’ hall where for 2-3 extra bucks you get to select your seat in advance. B No only that, the seats are those fancy recliner chairs. B Almost as good as being in your own house!

No need to show up early, or stand in the ticket line, no teenagers and college drunks to battle for a seat. B There are some perks to not living in downtown Boston anymore!B In the movie theater they also have this swanky bar which we didn’t stop since we got to theB theaterB at 9:20 and the movie time was 9:15 (I start to skip half the previews). B I have to confess, when they showed the preview for theB TitanicB I teared, especially at the part where the ship is sinking and they show that old couple cuddling (just writing this makes my tear ducts wake up). B I asked Tony if he would see it with me, he said “Absolutely not.”

Overall, I think I enjoyed the Hunger Games but it’s hard to tell since movies never compare much to how awesome books are. B I also wasn’t a fan of how the movie replicated some themes and direction fromB Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, particularly the white suited peace keepers… B Not every futuristic movie needs to look like it was directed in Epcot in the 60s/70s.

Regardless, I’m still team Gail; Peeta is just too emo for my taste =)

Before the movies, I decided it was a good idea to eat my own weight in Indian Buffet. B Well Tony convinced me we should get Indian and that the buffet is moreB economicalB then me ordering a regular portion and just having leftovers.

And yes since it was buffet, I went up THREE times. B Luckily, the other two plates were vegetarian only so I didn’t feel completely like I was going to implode for too long. B I’m actually slightlyB surprisedB I didn’t pay a price on my 27 miler on Sunday. B Maybe my stomach is growing stronger just my legs are.

On Saturday before I stuff myself silly with curry; I kept busy. B In the morning I stopped by theB Multisport World Conference & ExpoB that was happening in Cambridge. B Overall, I was a bit boredB by the expo and ended up not even attending any of the seminars. B I haven’t reached the Triathlon phase ofB exerciseB addiction yet and everything there was too geared towards triathlon vs. just running. B I was really hoping to see some cute running tanks and skirts. B Instead I was met with wet-suits that I have no desire to wear, try, or buy unless I’m scuba-diving; in which case I rather rent and not deal with having to carry it on international flights. B The hoards of hippie 10 year olds with their Cambridge parents didn’t help my headache mood.

On the bright side since I was one of the first 1,000 registrants I walked out with a swag bag. B Aside from a crap-load of wasted trees in advertisements ofB triathlonsB hours and miles away (no I am not traveling to Montana from Boston to do a triathlon). I did walk out with some good things. B The main being some samples fromB Hammer NutritionB which includes a gel and a powder mix. B I’m excited to try them out after hearing some good things about them on myB Marathon Training Academy Podcast. B I also made it out with as many Vita Coconut Water Cartons as my paper bag can carry. B Hey those babies cost $2.50 a pop here at the store and we’re in a recession you know; B so I take what I can get for free ;). B I too, wanna be cool andB electrolytedB like the stars.

Dear companies; please give me free stuff; in return I will pose happily with your product. XoXo Liana.

On Saturday I also finished reading Girl Who Played with Fire. B

I made a 2012 resolution that I would read one book a month. B Audio books and magazines don’t count. B Since Saturday was March 31st, I pretty much had to meet that goal . B While reading it, I might have eaten half a bag of honey pretzels. B They say TV makes you eat mindlessly, those people clearly haven’t gotten engrossed in a book lately.

Similar, to Girl with Dragon Tattoo, not much happens in the book until the last 200 pages (out of 600+) and although I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as the first one in the trilogy, I would still recommend reading it. B It’s perfect for loud crowded train rides to help you drown out the masses in a different role. B I’m also enjoy the subtle or not so subtle gender issue theme presented in the book series. B I am now on a search for Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.B I’ll pay the man who sells random books on steps of Cambridge City Hall a visit one Sunday. B That’s where I found this book, so hopefully he’ll have the third book in his piles as well.

Have you read anything fun lately? B Have you read any of the books int he Girl with Dragon Tattoo series? B I’m slightly excited for the second movie. B I just googled images and I can’t wait!

 

Home for my three B’s – boys, blogs, and beer

I was suppose to do a 12 miler post work, I changed, got on the treadmill and my heart felt heavy.B I decided to step off… this was not a day to test my limits.B A recovery run would not suffice when it was my whole body.B I was hanging on the cusp of over-training.B This has partially to do with my long run being on Sunday and losing Sunday as my rest day. Post-work errands on my low key run days did not help with the rest catch up this week. I started seeing all the symptoms.

  • Washed-out feeling, tired, drained, lack of energy – Trying to balance marathon season and the tax deadline gets stressful… I should just relax and focus on my one time a week long run. I should accept that April will just never be my month for PR (nor October); however, there’s still 10 other months!
  • Pain in muscles and joints – my neck and arms feel stiff, probably my desk set-up isn’t helping, I should clean up my clutter
  • Insomnia – This is a biggie, I keep waking up every 2-3 hours and giving up on sleep after 6 hours.B Very unlike me since I can sleep away a solid 8 hours on a good night.
  • Decreased appetite – I just haven’t been hungry, but I force myself to eat thinking that would give me more energy to train.B I need to realize I need more rest not calories.
  • Lack of ability to concentrate as well as reduced power of differentiation and correction, this might be partially to do with my task list growing so I can’t give the same amount of time to everything that needs to be done.

So instead, I let my heart rest, and I might have picked up something something on my way home:

Yesterday after work I chopped half my hair off:

I initially was going to cut only 2 inches off but I felt so free and light that I just went for all 5 inches of chopping. Yes the guestroom aka my dressing room is a mess, and I should Windex up that mirror.

I still felt like a stranger to myself with the new hair length…. Yup bathroom photo for the win, co-workers walking in on you while you take a photo of yourself with your cellphone in the bathroom = brownie points.

On the bright side, I actually did feel good enough for my lunch 5.6 mile run. Incline 3 and under 49 minutes.B Maybe that’s where my 12 miler energy went?

Best part? Goodbye Blow out, hello this mess:

I have just enough time to run, shower, change during lunch… good thing I don’t do silly things like wear make-up or style my hair.

Most inspiring was this little blurb in Runner’s World.B Maybe it’s just my over-training/PMS moods talking but reading that made me tear with inspiration!

Most amazing eat this week was this molasses ginger cookie from Flour Bakery at the South End.

And just because I’ve been keeping track of every run so far, here’s my run from yesterday at incline 2.

Funny of the week… Have you read the Hunger Games?B I have and I loved it.B Well I lied a bit, I listened to the audio book on my runs, on my walks, on the commute, while cleaning, while eating and before I knew it I have gone through the trilogy in a week and did not know what to do with myself.B So if you had a mini crack addiction to the Hunger Games, you might enjoy this:

I’ve been a busy girl.B Yesterday I finally