So the problem is what?

I’m not sure if I’m disappointed or relieved right now.  My appointment with the orthopedic surgeon was kind of a let down.  I went for x-rays which apparently showed nothing. The doctor told me that he’s leaning toward just really bad tendonitis but is scheduling me for a MRI to double check.  The MRI will confirm or deny tendonitis or a stress fracture.

I guess I’m happy that it’s not stress fracture but I’m super frustrated.  I just want to know what’s wrong with me so that I can fix it and get back into training.  I suppose the MRI will do that.  From there if it’s just tendonitis I’ll do some heavy duty physical therapy complete will some nasty deep tissue work.  Better than a boot.  I am seriously starting to think that this is all in my head. 

I also found out that apparently my knees are weird. Not the doctors words of course. My knee caps track up and out rather than just straight up and down.  I need to be aware of potential injury and really take care of them.

So now I just wait. This is the last week of the yoga challenge.  I’ve done 17 classes, it will be 18 after the class I do tonight.  If I got to every class for the rest of the month I’ll hit my 25 classes.  Not so shabby.

Just Not My Day

I’m not having the best day.  I woke up about 3:45 this morning with a stomach ache. I though that it was probably just from being hot or hungry so I got up and went to the 5 am yoga class.  Bad idea.  I had to leave the room early for fear of vomiting.  I got showered and dressed, still feeling like total crap.  I walked out to my car and something seemed a bit off. I walked to the passenger side to discover that my window had been broken out.  A rock had be thrown through the window so hard that it totally shattered my window and hit the opposite door, knocking off the light cover.  Seriously?  At this point I started tearing up. I already felt like total ass and now this.  UGH!

At this point I decided that I need to let Pete and Lisa know I was going to stay home.  I almost tossed my cookies right there in the parking lot.  I picked the glass off of my seat and drove home.  I still haven’t cleaned it up yet.  I just got off the phone with the police department. They informed me that there have been 20 Honda Accords stolen lately and the 1997 is the preffered model.  Flipping fantastic.  She said to take every precaution.  Well duh, I already lock the doors and park in crowded places.  Short of never leaving the garage, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do.  I guess it’s good that the car wasn’t stolen.  There is my positive spin on the situation.

Oh yeah and PT yesterday, also bad news.  They referred me to an orthopedic surgeon.  Now not to worry, it doesn’t seem that I’ll need surgery on my ankle, but they are almost positive I have a stress fracture.  I have an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon on Monday.  First I’ll have to get x-rays.  If they do see the stress fracture, I’ll have to wear a boot.  Booooo.  I was given a range from anywhere in between 3 weeks and 8 weeks.  That would mean I’d basically be limited to the pool for exercise which is just a total bummer.  It could be worse, I’m not fighting for my life like Jason.  Who by the way, is making some really positive progress but is not out of the woods yet. 

Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. Until then I’m resting, trying not to get pukey and cuddling with Lucky.

Time for Vacation Yet?

Well of course not.  Nope, not until September. Even though the month of May is flying right by, September seems so far away!  It’s only 3.5 months away which means October is only 4.5…I have got to get back on the road. I may have to start a countdown. One of the days until our trip to Paris and London (yes, we’re going on another fabulous vacation this year. Yeay!) and the other one for the days until the Denver Marathon

Still going strong with the challenge and my body is feeling it.  I don’t know that I really see any huge changes except that I can get further into the poses than when I first started. The number on the scale has dipped slightly but I think that is because when I get home from a sweaty session at 7 or 8, all I really want is a green monster and some peanut butter graham crackers.  That combo definitely does not replace a real meal. Last night Josh and I forced down some steak and veggies so that we got enough calories for the day.  Last week ended like this:

Wednesday-50 minutes Elliptical+Bikram
Friday-Off (first day in weeks)
Saturday-75 minutes Elliptical +abs

This week has started off pretty well though I’m taking today off to grab a beer at Lefthand after work and PT.

Monday-55 mins Elliptical+abs+Bikram
Wednesday-Off (I’ve forgotten how awesome rest days are)

Sarah G. came up to do the class with Brenna and I on Monday. She was suprised at how much of a workout it is. She’s going to come next Monday too. I swear the studio should be paying me to do yoga there since I’m bringing in so many newbies. 

Well, lunch is over and it’s time to get back to work before I head off to PT this afternoon. Update to come.

I Miss Running

As of today, it’s been 18 days since I’ve run. It’s the longest I’ve gone without running since June of 2009 when I took time off to let my tendonitis in my knees heal.  Of course I knew that I needed to take time off. My calf and ankle still hurt. I’m pretty sure that my ankle hurts because of a stress fracture, otherwise it should be healed by now.  Ugh, as the weather gets nicer more people are outside hitting the pavement and I envy them. I am ready to at least have the option to run.  Not even having the option is what’s really getting to me. 

Plan of action: get into PT as soon as possible. Get back into my icing and foam rolling regiment.  Continue with yoga and cross-training so I don’t lose every ounce of fitness I have. I realize that it’s going to be hard running again and that I’ve probably lost some speed. I don’t even care (ok I care a little bit), I just want to run!  I want to run so badly that I’m actually seriously thinking about pool running for fun.  To answer your question, yes I may have gone crazy. 

Since I’m all registered for the Denver Marathon, I have started looking at training plans. I think I’m going to stick to a 3-4 day/week running plan with yoga, pool running and other cross-training.  I’ll definitely do speed workouts at least once a week. I figure if I do a 16 week plan, I have until mid-late June to get my ankle/calf situation under control.  I’ve decided the Bolder Boulder is out, which totally sucks, but there are tons of other smaller and less expensive races out there this summer. 

One of these days I’d like to be able to train and get through a marathon without injury. A girl can dream right?  Here’s what my workouts have looked like so far this week. Sticking with the challenge!

Saturday-20 mins bike + 25 mins Elliptical +abs
Sunday-50 mins Elliptical + Bikram
Monday-60 mins Elliptical + Bikram

Oh and you should totally check out this marathon recap from Beth who also happens to live in Longmont. She had to withdrawl from a race last year because of injury. She came back from that and totally rocked the Colorado Marathon.  She’ll be joining Nancy (MIL) in Boston next year.  If she can do it, I can too right?

Update: PT appointment made. Next Wednesday at 4:30 pm.  Done and done.  Hopefully I’ll get some good advice on what I can do to expedite recovery and when it’s safe for me to start running again.

Yoga Challenge: Week One Down

The first week of the challenge is over and I’m feeling good!  It feels so good to sweat at yoga.  It’s probably the only place you’ll catch me working out in tiny little shorts and my sports bra.  If women older than me and in far worse shape than me can sport it, so can I.  Plus the room has lighting that make my abs look pretty awesome…you know like existent.  Here’s how the first week went:

Saturday-Bikram + 35 mins on Elliptical + weights/abs
Sunday-Bikram + 40 mins on Stationary Bike + weights/abs
Tuesday-50 mins on Elliptical + weights/abs

Six classes down, 19 to go to get the biggest discount on next months membership.  I can already tell I’m becoming more flexible which is awesome.  My legs are also getting stronger because those standing balance postures are killer.  Hopefully this will help me with running as well. I’m sure it will feel amazing after runs…once I can actually run again. The ankle is still hurting. I tried a couple steps running, shooting pain plus a few days of hobbling around. Note to self: call to get an PT appointment ASAP. 

Anyway, I took before measurements to see if I lose any inches by the end of the month as well as pictures. So the pictures are awful…I’m way too pale and they just look like crap so I’m not putting those up, but I will post my pre-Bikram measurements later this week. I don’t think I’ll really lose any weight, I’m not really trying to, but I do think I’ll be more toned than I am currently.  Toning, relaxation and injury healing are the primary goals. Though I wouldn’t mind looking like this.

Jason Update: He’s in stable but critical condition. They were having issues controlling his brain swelling so they did a craniotomy to give his brain room to expand.  A CT last week indicated that he does not have brain damage right now but they will be repeating those tests this week to figure out what his long term brain function may be like. Keep thinking of him.  If you’re interested in checking on his condition, Rache is running this website.