injuries and moving on

Five.  Count ’em, f-i-v-e!!  I cranked out five delicious miles this morning.  Running over hills, hopping and skipping past puddles, smiling ear to ear.  F-i-v-e.

I can’t remember the last time I ran 5 miles.  I think it was way back in February sometime, before knee injuries and plantar problems became part of my life. 😉

Injuries are a pain, yes they are.  But they also teach us important things.  Like, for example, when our bodies say, “hey you, wake up! I’m tired, give me a break!”  Well, it’s *kind* of important that we listen up.  Here are some other “injury-related lessons” that I’ve learned through the months and over the years:

  • An injury is not forever.  Take it in stride and take it as a change in pace.  Find something new to exert your energy on!
  • Remind yourself that doing some other exercise—biking, yoga, swimming, hiking—is just a means to help you return to doing the activity that you love the most.  I biked for 4 months because I am a runner!
  • LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.  When reintroducing yourself to your favorite activity, start slow.  Just because you ran 11 miles a couple months ago doesn’t mean you’re now a wimp for doing 1.  Build up gradually to avoid reinjuring yourself and stop immediately if you feel the old pain coming back.  It’s so, so, so important to heal before returning to a regular routine.

Today’s “un” overnight oat mixture:

  • 1/2 c. uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
  • 6-oz. plain yogurt
  • 2 T. crushed flax
  • toppings: dollop of almond butter and coconut flakes

So delicious.  We’ve had some really chilly mornings lately—perfect for hot oats.  But I still find myself craving the warmer weather fare. 😀

Morning Snack: Almonds and Watermelon

Return. Of. The. Chopsticks.

Eating rice with chopsticks can be a bit on the tricky side.  Especially dry brown rice, since it’s much less sticky than—say—sushi rice.  But it’s still fun and totally doable. :mrgreen:

Simply mixed together brown rice, black beans, frozen corn, a few spices (as in cumin, cajun, etc.) and some salsa.  Heated it all up, tossed with some lettuce greens—I love when it gets all wilty!—and called it a meal.  There were some raw veggies on the side for some x-tra veggies too. 😀

Peachy keen. 😀

It was pouring cats and dogs all afternoon, which was absolutely fine by me.  It kept me glued to my chair with nothing but the sounds of raindrops for company.  Gotta keep memorizing my Medical Terminology.  I have such a tough time remembering certain prefixes, abbreviations and terms.

ABG’s.  Stands for Arterial Blood Gases.  I can not for the life remember this one, but maybe typing it out will help. 😉

Study Snack: 6-oz. plain yogurt + 2 T. crushed flax + Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola + chunky peanut butter

With the risk of being called repetitive, I indulged in white bean and black olive soup once again for dinner.  It was even better then yesterday. 😀

And an ooey gooey cheesy quesadilla is really too delicious to have only once.  Crispy.  Stretchy.  Cheese.

Yum.

I need to get back to studying for some more brain cramming time. :mrgreen:

Tomorrow’s To-Do’s:

  • Last day of preclinical training!
  • Stop at whole foods/trader joes for some necessities.
  • Study.
  • Take post-clinical exam.

Question: Have you ever had a sports-related injury? 

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14 thoughts on “injuries and moving on

  1. congratulations on your run – that’s awesome! i know what it’s like to be out with an injury (it sucks.) you’re so right about listening to your body. taking days off is an important part of training.

    that salad looked delish (as well as the plate!) lookin forward to reading more of your blog 🙂

  2. YYaaay! Congrats on the run!! What a great feeling. Also, I ate with chopsticks tonight, too – and I thought of you. 🙂

    I have had too many running injuries to remember. Mostly from over-training and under-fueling. I’d like to think I’ve learned my lesson. I think injuries are the most frustrating things int he world!

  3. I think every athlete gets some kind of injury at some point. I think it all really depends on how you deal with it, whether you push through or rest it. I have had them all 😉

  4. Congratulations!! I’m super jealous of your cooler mornings. It’s so hot down here still.

    Sports Injuries? I’m an encyclopedia full of ’em. Worst one that I’m still dealing with is the IT band/hip stress fracture. The IT pain is in my hip now so I’m working on some pt for it. Foam rolling and yoga stretching has helped me more than anything. 🙂

  5. Five miles, wow, im tired just reading that ;D. I did SOMETHING to my leg while doing yoga last week and it hasnt been the same since, i pulled something and its really frustrating because i cant do my usual routine, but hopefully rest will fix it.
    xxxx

  6. Congrats on the long run! I’m not very athletic so no injuries here. 😉 All of your food looks slendid. I adore your snacks in ramekins. It just seems to intensify its already delectable appearance. 🙂 Oh and you’re really making me crave a homemade quesadilla. Mmmm….

  7. Congrats on the 5 miles! I’m really lucky to have been injury-free for all the running I do (but I think it’s because I take all the precautions).

    And I’ll be memorizing medical terminology too! ABG will be a tough one…

  8. After a few months of reading I finally decided to delurke and introduce myself. Hi, I’m Emily and I love your blog! ;P

    Congrats on running 5! I grew up doing ballet so I endured lots of foot and ankle injuries, but I’ve also put a lot of strain on my knees when I was running a lot. Injuries are no fun, but you are right–they do teach you a lot about your body.

    Food looks delish as always!

    Emily

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