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Update on injury, plan for this week and thoughts on the marathon....

Monday, April 23, 2012

I feel truly encouraged this morning. My calf is doing MUCH better. So much so that this weekend I was able to walk slowly, start and stop for about 2 miles. This was huge for me as remember earlier in the week I could not make it .30 miles without a cramp!! My visit with the PT went very well. This was my second visit to the sports clinic and I am even more impressed with the level of care they are providing me.

The ultrasound revealed both good news and interesting news. The big news for me was that I did not have a large tear in my calf. This was such a relief!! It meant that through resting and proper treatment, I would not need a huge break from running. The interesting news came from what was causing my calf pain. Some of you may remember back last year when I was receiving the injections for my arthritis that I also had a bakers cyst behind my knee. I have had this cyst for years, so that was nothing new however due to my new running routines since moving here I have aggregated the cyst greatly and it is very inflamed. The brusa extends into my calf which is why I was having the cramping and pain. So my bakers cyst caused a calf strain from the pressure of the fluid and inflammation. Now, the PT said it was due to down hill running. The pounding only makes my arthritis in my knee worse which in turn inflames the Bakers causing the fluid build up to spread down into the calf. So I have been icing behind my knee and it has helped greatly.

As far as treatment....well, we are taking a wait and see approach. He said he DOES NOT think I should run the marathon BUT he was going to make up a program for me and we will see if I can walk the race....which would be fine with me!!!!!!!!!

I have to keep the knee wrapped with a brace/compression sleeve , ice a great deal throughout the day, stretch, do my yoga daily, take some anti-inflammatories, and bike for at least one hour 4 times a week. I can also walk as long and there is NO pain whatsoever. I am going in today for some more treatments along with a deep tissue massage and some acupuncture. If all goes well this week, I am going to aim for a long walk with maybe a few running intervals on Saturday. I have to still work on getting walks/runs in IF....and I do say IF I am going to do the marathon in 5 weeks. I HAVE TO be able to walk/run a 15:15 mm to be able to meet the time cut off. Normally, this would be nothing but I am not sure how fast I can walk as of now, so this week if I am healing well, I am going to do a test run if you will to see if I can walk/run less than a 15 mm with my injury. We will see.

So for now I cannot say whether or not I am racing, but I can say that my mind is open to the possibility of canceling IF I need to. The PT was SO extremely helpful and we talked about my marathons in September and October and I feel through his help and following his plan, I can do this! But the key is I MUST follow the program. I cannot do my normal crazy thing and get out there and do trail runs going over rocks and uneven surfaces as I was....remember those awesome trail runs?? OH! I am going to miss that!! BUT...that was putting crazy amounts of strain on my knee which lead to all of this.

Who would have thought that my KNEE would be causing my calf to cramp up?? To me it is crazy but when I started doing research on Runners world etc... it is actually quite common. The funny thing was a few weeks ago I was going to send a text to my aunt the elite runner and doctor who I always talk about as she always helps me....anyways, I was going to text her and ask if my cyst could be the cause of my calf pain. As I was feeling such pressure and pain behind my knee and I was wondering if the cyst was cutting of blood supply or something to my calf. I never sent the text because I thought it was a crazy idea.....well, I should have stuck with my gut....but you live and learn right ;)

So that is pretty much it. Now, all I have to do is wait and do what I am supposed to do. I feel blessed to have found such a wonderful sports clinic here and I am so thankful God is helping me through all of this. I have learned so much about myself once again. I have learned I am one stubborn, determined girl :) It can be a good thing but if I am going to continue racing I need to learn MODERATION in all things.

Now onto my plan for this week.....

I am using this time to really focus on my diet. Those of you on my FB page will know that I am switching back to the plan I followed last year which brought me such amazing success with my weight loss. It was a mostly Vegan diet with a focus on raw foods. I already feel so amazing eating this way and look forward to learning more about raw foods and various ways to incorporate more nutrient dense foods into our diet. I am reading once again the BEST book in my opinion.....Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live. I read this book last year and gave it to my parents which in turn, caused them to become Vegan and it has changed their life as well. Along with this I am reading Kathy Freston's new book The Lean.....it is very good as well, a fast quick read.

My nutritional goals for this week are.....

1. Take my Vitamineral Green and Earth twice daily
2. Juice or blend daily
3. Eat at least one raw salad for either lunch or dinner daily.
4. Make sure to have 1/2 avocado, 1 oz of nuts and chia seeds daily
5. Eat at least 4 servings of fruit a day
6. No Coffee for this week....just tea
7. No Dairy, Eggs or Meat other than fish ( not fully Vegan I know, but it is a start)
8. Limit fish to no more than once a day
9. Eat one serving of beans a day
10. One tbsp of flaxseed oil daily

My fitness goals for this week are.....

1. EVERYDAY stretch and use my foam roller
2. Yoga daily for at least 30 mins - using Cathe's Yoga Max dvd along with Rodney Yee
3. 4 - 5 days this week bike for at least one hour
4. Try to walk daily for at least 30 mins as long as there is no pain
5. Complete 3 rounds of ST (M,W,F) and reach a total of 500 push ups for the week
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    I had a Baker's cyst behind my right knee for about two years and then it suddenly disappeared. One day I realized that I hadn't noticed it in a while and when I checked for it, it was gone! It was a really big one, too. Wishing you a speedy recovery and many marathons in your future! You are an inspiration to many and I thank you for sharing your journey emoticon
    3182 days ago
    I am glad you're feeling better! What determination. emoticon
    3182 days ago
    Here's to your leg mending. Yep, follow those instructions for a proper recovery.
    3185 days ago
    Some of my favorite meals are vegan. I'm especially fond of making a very simple, high protein, white bean paste (like humus, just not chickpeas) with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and then serving it on peppers, cucumber rounds, and celery sticks. Its easy to eat when you are on the go.
    3185 days ago
    Hey that's great news that it's not a tears. Bummer about the race but getting your knee better is a little more important. Stick to his plan and you'll be back at before you know it.
    3186 days ago
  • AKA639
    Great news! Thinking of you!
    3188 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4876431
    Glad your PT is going well! Best of luck with the plan. Can't wait to see how your dedication pays off!
    3188 days ago
    Thats great news, and if things get worst you can alway have the cyst removed cant you? But its great that you found out why you were having such pain. and that you have a great PT person and the Dr found out what was causing the pain. Alway listen to your gutt! Viseral feelings never lie to you. Take care and do what you think is right. Also have a back up plan if you do walk/ run the Marathon, and have someone meet you some where along the path or at the end of the course. Make sure your cell phone goes with you just in case you run into troubles. Perhaps they/ he who goes with you, can drive the course ahead of time and have a meeting area known by that perosn, and meet you at intervals where you prearranged along the course in intervals as a back up meting place in case of "troubles". Just in case... you cant complete the marathon due to the pain and I pray you dont get any new tears or troubles. Have him whsoe with you pick you up some where along the course. But I would not give up the dream just yet. Because a cyst is not the end of the world, but know it can flare up again if you put too much pressure on that area. Try and rest at least a week before the walk/ run. Good luck! I hope you can do it! Will pray for you! Just remember G*d is alway with his own! Remember " I can do all things, thru Christ, who strengthens (you) me!" susana
    3188 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/23/2012 5:16:32 PM
    So glad you have your answers - listen to them and follow the plan to the letter.
    3188 days ago
    Great news my friend!.listen to your body! you gabe fantastic goals for the week,i have no doubt you will succeed in them! Xo
    3188 days ago
    Wonderful News, Jen!! emoticon
    "Moderation in all things" is a Fabulous motto! So glad to hear about the support you received.
    You can do all things through Christ Who is your strength. ~ ~ Laura
    3188 days ago
    Great news all around! :)
    3188 days ago
    500 pushups?!! lol....BADASS!
    3188 days ago
    I'm glad you're feeling better! That optimism alone can do wonders for your overall health, and I have high hopes for your getting to do your marathon!
    3188 days ago
    I'm glad that you have received some answers. You have a great plan! Good luck healing!
    3189 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Jen, you have a great plan and I know you will stick to it. Thank goodness that you have a great support system in place.

    3189 days ago
    Glad to hear that at least you have some resolution/information regarding your injury. I hope you are able to make the best decision for you regarding your marathon. emoticon
    3189 days ago
    I'm glad to hear the positivity back in your words,Jen! Take your time and be patient(that is the tough part). Do what you can the best you can. This week's plan looks fabulous and I hope Saturday's trial run/walk is successful!
    3189 days ago
    Jen, I am so glad to hear you staying positive! It sounds like you have a wonderful doctor in your corner, too!

    The body is amazing - everything is all connected. Last year, I was having IT band issues, caused by a pinched nerve in my neck!!! The pain in my neck was causing me favor one side of my body over the other, which in turn put my hips out of alignment, which aggravated the IT band.

    Anyway, I love your patience... I know it's hard to wait and see but that is the best way to be a lifelong runner instead of a once in a lifetime runner!
    3189 days ago
    Great plan. Take good care of yourself and listen to your body. You can do this!!!

    3189 days ago
    Glad to hear that your calf pain isn't a tear! And so glad to see that you are going to do what the doctor/PT tells you to do. As someone else said, there will always be another marathon if you can't do this one!

    Take care of yourself!!!!
    3189 days ago
    I'm glad to hear that you don't have a tear or any other injury that will keep you from running for a long time. Listen to your PT, follow your fitness routine and you'll be in marathon shape in no time.
    3189 days ago
  • BILL60
    You hang tough and follow your plan. You just never know what desire and heart can accomplish. The very best to you.
    3189 days ago
    i am so glad you now know what was causing it even though it might mean you not doing the marathon.there will be other marathons around the corner.first and foremost is getting the knee/calf/cyst sorted out.love the plan for next week by the way.keep on keeeping on. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3189 days ago
  • CAROLZ1967
    Sounds good! I hope if you really take it easy and don't push it, let it heal, & that you can make the marathon. But IF it doesn't work out, try to really remember what is really important in life and you surely have succeeded in those areas already! But I know that doesn't totally take away the disappointment that would come.
    3189 days ago
    It sounds like you have found an AWESOME sports/PT clinic! It's so great that they are working with you and your goals.

    Good luck!
    3189 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5826541
    boy, i can sure relate. It is NO fun trying to rehab a running injury or any injury for that matter. One thing that may help take some of the pressure off on trying to make the time cut-off, email the race director and explain the situation. I was in a similar cruch where i was really feeling alot of anxiety about meeting the time limit. Her response really put me at ease. Although the race would officially end at the cut off, if they know someone is out there, they will stick around. I may not get a finishline photo but i do get a medal and a finish time.

    It was a happy ending for me and im sure it will be for you as well.

    Above all, remember that there will always be another marathon to run. If this one doesn't work out, there is always another. Nothing is more important that a n effective recovery.
    3189 days ago
    Very good and interesting news. I hope you heal quickly. Good luck and I hope you get to at the least walk your race. Fingers crossed for you :)
    3189 days ago
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