Skier’s Thumb and Walking a Half Marathon?

Sometimes…things happen. That result in injury. For some reason, these things seem to happen to me more often than the average person.

Several weeks ago we decided to go skiing. Of course skiing comes with some degree of risk, but I never realized my thumbs were in jeopardy. On my first run of the day, a crazy snowboarder cut me off, I turned hard and went down. On my left hand. On my pole.

Little did I know that this is a textbook skiing injury that’s actually called “Skier’s Thumb”. Honestly, it hurt and was mega-swollen, but I skied the rest of the day and figured I had just jammed it.

Because it was my thumb, which is sort of an important digit, I went to the doctor the next day. I really wasn’t prepared to hear the news that I had Skier’s Thumb – a tear of the UCL of the thumb. What I thought was a minor injury was at least 8 weeks in a splint and the possibility of surgery! What really made the world come crashing down, though, was the news that I wouldn’t be able to row at all until my thumb was fully healed. Or any other activity that required bearing weight or gripping with that hand (thankfully my left since I’m right handed!). Major bummer.

I was cleared to run and cycle, so instead of freaking out and giving up (ok, I gave myself a day to cry and feel sorry for myself, but only ONE day), I decided I would do what I could. So far this has been an unexpected success, but not like I thought it would be…

I decided to put my energy into my running, since I have the Seawheeze coming up in August, and it was time for me to start training anyway. This didn’t last long.

I have had hip issues for a few years, and every time I have it checked out it is diagnosed as hip bursitis. This annoying condition decided to flare up in a MAJOR way only about a week and a half into my running. This had more of an effect on me than the thumb diagnosis for a few reasons. First, double whammy. Wasn’t prepared for this, since I had been running OK for a while. Second, this flare up was so bad I really couldn’t do much of anything for a week or two.

While I was down, I decided that maybe it was time to make a change. I decided that I would start to consider not running at all. Not giving up, but doing something differently.

I started to consider walking the entire half marathon, and training for this as a walk and not a run. I’ve started following a walking plan to see what happens, and am going to try this out for a few weeks to see if it might be an option.

Anyone have advice for walking a half marathon? I’m definitely having trouble finding a lot of information on this.

More Bumps

Last weekend I had all of my workouts and menu planned for the week. I was on top of it! Then, life happened! Unfortunately I had to jump on a plane at the last minute for a funeral in Illinois. I was determined that I wouldn’t let this travel time derail me, so I made sure to pack plenty of gear and resolve to get my workouts in. Turns out, when you set your mind to it, you really can get things done.

I arrived Wednesday morning, and in an effort to stay awake after my 4AM wake up call, went for a run. It was cold, but I always love running around my hometown on our absolutely fantastic Constitution Trail. It’s a safe, well-maintained and beautiful place to exercise, and I always miss it when I leave town. Wednesday run was:

  • 5 minute warm up walk
  • 12 x 2:00 walk, 0:20 run
  • 2:00 walk
  • 5 minute cool down walk

Thursday morning I went to a group fitness class with my mom. Holy cow. the first half hour was cardio/dance/aerobic types of movements, followed by some strength and core moves with resistance bands and some pilates moves. It was a pretty tough hour and boy did I work up a sweat! I don’t have the slightest idea how many squats I did, but it was a lot and I felt it the next day. It was a great compliment to the run the day before.

Saturday was another run day. Since the wind chill was somewhere around 10 degrees that morning and I definitely did NOT pack warm enough running gear for something like that, it was back to the gym to jump on one of their super fancy and very comfortable treadmills. As much as I hate that machine, this one was a nice comfy ride and before I knew it, my workout was over. I upped my run time, too, and really didn’t notice any additional fatigue. Hooray!

  • 3 minute walk up walk
  • 12 x 1:50 walk, 0:30 run
  • 2 minute walk
  • 4 minute cool down walk

Today we hit up a Zumba class. While not particularly challenging, it was fun to get moving for 45 minutes and hang out with my mom. I even got to show her some of my rowing form after the class.

It is downright cold and I’m thinking I may need to up my outerwear game if I’m going to do any outside running this winter. A few years ago I was in PT for a hip injury, and my therapist told me that running outside throughout the winter can really boost your fitness dramatically. I’m trying to keep this in mind on those cold mornings when I don’t want to get out of my warm PJs – that it will pay off when Seawheeze (which is 270 days away!) rolls around.

Paleo is non-existent when I’m home. I can modify some meals, but for the most part it is extremely difficult/impossible to follow a strict paleo diet here. But, I do what I can when I can, and will worry about cleaning up my diet once I’m back in my own kitchen. For the most part I do get a lot of veggies and high quality meat, just mixed in with some carbs. Of course after the funeral we had a home cooked meal that I could NOT pass up. With Thanksgiving dinner happening out of town at a chain Italian restaurant, I jumped on this meal of traditional comfort food. It was glorious.

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Back to NYC in a couple days and back in the fitness saddle. I’ll be looking to get in another run or two this week, and am already registered for a rowing class later in the week.

Hope you are all off to a great start to your weeks! Anyone do a particularly great workout over the weekend?

Monday Run

My Saturday run felt pretty good, so instead of a last minute rowing session, I decided to squeeze in another run tonight. Unfortunately I was in a huge hurry and it was already dark so I ran on the treadmill. Ugh. Hatehatehate.

But, I got the minutes in, and am so glad I did! One more run in the books!

  • 2 minute warm up
  • 8 x 2:30 walk, 0:30 run
  • 4 minute cool down

The highlight of my evening, however, was this killer soup I made for dinner. It is SO. DELICIOUS. I love this “recipe” because it’s so simple. I didn’t measure anything, I just chopped stuff and threw it in a dutch oven. Who doesn’t love a healthy, one-pot meal (that happens to make a LOT for leftovers and freezing)?!

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More Shoes

So this just happened…:D

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10's

Mizuno Wave Inspire 10’s

Since I ran in the Brooks and wasn’t immediately sure if I loved them or not, I decided to go pick up the Mizunos too. I originally had my eye on a really gorgeous purple pair, but I really couldn’t pass these up. The thing is, I hate almost everything about the separate pieces of these shoes. That blue? – Ick. Yellow soles? – That just doesn’t look right. There is a random bright red section on the bottom. – Why? Turns out when you put it all together, I had to have them. I guess I was just feeling adventurous.

To go with my adventurous streak, I’m up waiting for Altuzarra for Target to launch. I’ve become a bit of a pro when it comes to Target designer collaborations and snagging anything and everything I could want. Unfortunately that means staying up all night (launch usually happens around 3AM EST. Oof.). And I’m planning Run #3 in the morning. That might be a little painful. I’m using this time to look for some good yoga and cross training routines/videos/blogs/etc. I definitely want to incorporate a decent amount of yoga and cross training into my routine, without overdoing it. I want these activities to enhance, not take away from, my runs. What do you like to do to cross train? Any suggestions for some light activities or bloggers/Youtubers/apps to follow?

Run #2

Well. I was rudely introduced to fall today (full disclosure, I LOVE FALL – but didn’t pack for it). I was up at 4:30AM to catch a flight back home to take care of some business this week. It was in the mid 70’s, heading up to around 80 in NYC. Little did I know that Illinois would welcome me with open arms and a wind chill of 48 at run time. What the what?

Despite being in a zombie-in-an-icebox-state, I got my planned run in, wearing a brand new pair of shoes, no less! I am fiercely and exclusively devoted to my hometown running store for my shoes. As far as serious running shoes go, I have been pretty loyal to Mizuno, but thought I might branch out a bit. Well, the final decision came down to a battle between the Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 and the Brooks Ravenna 5. I was feeling adventurous, and they both seemed like good options, so I went with the Brooks, and ran in them tonight.

Brooks Ravenna 5

Brooks Ravenna 5

Honestly not sure what I think yet, other than new shoes of any kind are so much fun. Since my house is like 1800 miles from my favorite running shop, I’ll probably stop by and pick up the Mizunos while I’m here anyway. Oops?

In addition to the new shoes, the cooler weather gave me a perfect opportunity to break in a brand-spankin’-new pair of bright purple Wunder Under Crops as well as a Run: Swifty Tech LS Scoop I picked up last week, anticipating cooler weather.

Anyway, back to the run. Felt good, and honestly the temperature really made the run pleasant – I warmed up nicely once I was moving. It was also great to be in my hometown where we have EXCELLENT running paths. Hit around 2.6 miles with the following workout:

  • 5 minute warmup
  • 12 x 2:10 walk, 0:10 run
  • 2 minute walk
  • 5 minute cooldown

It felt a little strange to only run for 10 seconds at a time, but as time goes on, that interval will grow.

Now a bit of a break before my next run Sunday, so will probably try to fit in a bit of yoga. I’m also trying out a mobile app called Headspace, designed to lead you through short, do-anywhere meditations. I feel like this emphasis on mindfulness can do nothing but help with my nutrition and fitness goals! What are some other good yoga/meditation tools you’d recommend?

The Plan, Phase I

WE GOT IN!

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Before I can even consider the most conservative of half marathon training plans, I absolutely need to build a base. I literally can’t remember the last time I ran. Maybe a turkey trot 10 months ago? In my quest to remain as injury-free as possible, I’m attempting to work my way up to half marathon distance very slowly over the course of nearly a year, culminating with the 2015 Seawheeze 1/2 Marathon.

Another prerequisite of most half marathon plans is the ability to complete some distance or time running or run/walking. Therefore, I’m starting with an extremely conservative 5k plan that covers the first half of my training year. The most conservative plan I could find was Beginner Triathlete’s Couch-to-5k “conservative” 28-week plan. I’ve considered or even used plans like this before, however I would usually overestimate my starting point and jump into the plan several months in, or simply quit the plan after a few days/weeks. This time, I started from the very beginning, and am about one month into the plan! Huzzah!

Phase I also includes some weight management. I suspect some of my injuries have been due to the stress my body undergoes when carrying around some extra pounds. While I don’t always follow it, I am a firm believer in the Paleo diet, and I know first hand how following the diet, even loosely, helps me drop weight. I’m aiming at keeping my diet in the “standard” 80% paleo range for the duration of my training (there might be holiday indulgences…).

Finally, Phase I includes the introduction of a regular yoga practice into my routine. I’m shooting for 30-60 minutes of practice, 2-3 days a week. I’m hoping that this practice will help me with the injury “situation” as well, keeping me aligned and possibly helping with some muscle imbalances I have struggled with in the past. I’ve started my yoga practice at home, using YouTube videos to guide me. My favorite videos by far have been from Yoga with Adriene.

I have yet to select what plan to use for “Phase II” – training for a half marathon. Of course I would love any recommendations for conservative programs! What’s your favorite half marathon training program?