Friday, April 10, 2009

Injured

Remember back a few weeks...my calves were causing havoc. Well, I have finally admitted to myself that I have an injury. Self diagnosis: micro tears in my calves. The hubby's diagnosis: my hamstrings.  (I think mine sounds more impressive, but he is probably right). 

I took a full week off from running and  decided that I needed The Stick, so I went online to order one, (ironically, I have one in storage in Utah) only to have them tell me it would be better for me (shipping wise) to find one at a retailer here in Hawaii, they gave me a list of 4 stores. Not one on Kauai! Ugh! Luckily, my friend went to Oahu last week and was able to pick one up for me. Let me just say, The Stick is an incredible tool! I have been using it several times a day. My calves are feeling better, not 100%, but better. I have run three times this week. This morning's run was great, 3 miles and I didn't have to stop and walk! Yay, me! It felt good to be running again. I am still going to take it really slow.

I have gotten into some really bad habits over the last couple of months...not eating well, not strength training as much, not taking vitamins...just dumb stuff and I know better. This week I have been really trying to get myself back on track and into a regular routine. And I am going to take the next few weeks to make sure my legs are 100% better and then I will start training for marathon #12!

By the way, I signed up for the Kauai Marathon ~ September 6. This will most likely be my only marathon this year, and there are also a few small races on Kauai that I am really looking forward too. 

Hope you all have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

14 comments:

Denise said...

I'm glad the stick is working for you! That marathon just sounds great. If that was my only one for the year, I'd be fine with that.

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

Microtears in your calves? That does sound painful. I'm glad the stick is helping.

A while back, I used the poor man's stick: the rolling pin. :)

Marlene said...

Glad to hear you were able to get your hands on The Stick. Keep up your regimen and hopefully you will be back to 100% soon!

Janice {Run Far} said...

Dang... sounds painful. I hope the stick continues to work its magic on you. #12... awesome girl. My #8 is in two weeks... YAY... and then while I am in Utah for most of June I am going to run the Utah Valley marathon and that will be #9 and then the Louisville marathon on Oct which will make my #10 and that is what I wanted to have done by the end of 2009.... YAY. That will be 4 for this year. Ihope I can reach that goal.

Marlene said...

P.S. I tagged you. Feel free to play along if you'd like.

Melanie said...

glad The Stick seems to be helping... keep listening to your body, and I agree with Denise, what a great choice for a marathon!

Oz Runner said...

good luck on getting back on track...i've never heard of the Stick...is it really just a stick? couldn't you just use a broom handle or something? glad you're running again...

The Happy Runner said...

Yay for the stick! I love mine and I'm glad it's helped you out.

Tina said...

I don't have a stick, but I'll give the rolling pin a try. (Thanks, Jon!)

I like the blog photos of your new home state. What a great place to live!

RunnerMom said...

I'm happy your self-treatment for your self-diagnosis seems to be working! :-) I roll that way, too.

I can't wait to hear about your training. Training in the summer sounds awful, but I guess in Hawaii, it's pretty nice year round?

RunnerDude said...

Glad your on the mend and feeling better! That stick is a miracle. I've used one for my claves when they give me trouble. I've also used something similar for plantar fasciitis called a foot wheel. It's the same premise but instead of rolling the stick along your leg, you roll the bottom of your foot along this mini-bar that has three little wheels. Speedy recovery!

X-Country2 said...

I hear that stick works wonders. Good luck battling back from that injury. Take care of yourself.

Nurse Heidi said...

LOVE the stick. Leslie introduced me to that little gem. When you need it, you need it, and no...a rolling pin just doesn't quite do the same thing.

Anonymous said...

Try a foam roller, too! I swear by that thing.