My 5 Step Program

So, my last post was mentioning how I had a couple of friends who were jumping to conclusions about them possibly being broken after I got my X-Ray results, and how I thought that was a bit silly and jumping to conclusions.  I feel like an ass wipe because the very next day, Candice got her X-Ray results, and against all odds, she has a fracture in her back too.  WTF!!!  Different kinds of breaks and injuries, but really, what are the chances?

We’ve decided to start a club.  Broken back besties.  Only half kidding, as this is so ridiculous and it’s almost so unbelievable that you have to laugh.  The odds are so against this happening to both of us, at the same time, for 2 totally different freak accidents.  If I’m honest, I still can’t totally grasp the situation, as it is soooooooo random and weird.

The only part of me that has totally grasped this concept is my emotional eating brain.  Effffff.  Things have not been good the past little while and I definitely feel like a hippopotamus.

So, I’ve got myself a 5 step plan to fix this…

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Injury Brain

I realized something today that I didn’t know about myself.  I consider myself to be pretty aware of my strengths, weaknesses, and my quirks.  It’s not often that I’m surprised or learn something ‘new to me.’  If I’m honest, it’s not a new trait I don’t think popped up overnight, I just wasn’t aware of it.

So, what is it?

I don’t naturally think the worst of injuries.  I actually go the opposite and always assume the best.  Which I’m learning is not really the natural reaction for runners.  As runners we’re so tied to running as part of our character, who we are and what we do, that we’re terrified to lose that part of ourselves.

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And surprisingly I don’t go right home and start Googling my aches and pains to see what it could be.  Inside I know that something could be terribly wrong, but I never let myself actually think it threw and even pretend it’s a realistic option.

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What Do Car Accidents & Trail Running Have in Common?

Trick question?  A joke perhaps?

Nope, neither.

Car accidents and trail running only have 1 thing in common, at least to me.

My broken back.  A fracture that is most often found in motor vehicle accidents.

Yep, you read that correctly.  I found out today that I have a fracture in my back, from that fall that I talked about taking a couple of weeks back.  January 4th, on Espresso trail, slipping on snowy slush and landing on my right hand lower back, at approx 15 kms of an 18.5 km day.

Effffffff.

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RunGo – Dash for Dogs

Hey guys,

Just wanted to let you know about a cool little charity running event I’m helping out with in February.  My friend Craig is the founder behind the RunGo App, which is an app for your phone that gives you turn by turn directions for your running routes.  Imagine traveling to a city you’ve never been to, but you want to run a local favourite route and NOT get lost?  Plug in your headphones with the RunGo App and it will guide you effortlessly around the area.  Or if you’re planning for a goal race, you can head out and run sections of that race without ever having to worry about checking out a map or writing down directions.

Craig’s inspiration for RunGo came from his dog Dynasty who is a retired Guide Dog.  That why it only makes sense for RunGo to host a charity event with proceeds going to the BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Assoc!  And not only is a portion of the proceeds being donated, but every single dollar is donated, and your registration fee actually doubles as a charitable donation.  Oh snap!

So, I encourage you to come out and join us on Saturday February 21st at Stanley Park for the first ever Dash for Dogs!  There will be a 5K, 10K, both guided by the app, (no markers to watch out for!) and a 2K guided walk.  And obviously there will be puppies there, who can resist puppies?!  If you aren’t local or aren’t a runner, you can still donate to this great event.

For more information and to donate – http://dashfordogs.rungoapp.com/

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xoxo

-S

I Made the Yummiest Smoothie!!

I mentioned briefly that my wonderful husband bought me a Vitamix for Christmas, and I haven’t done a ton of stuff with it, but I love it.  It’s so powerful and easy to use.  My 2 favourite things to make are fresh salsa and smoothies.

Yesterday I discovered the yummiest smoothie I’ve ever had and I just had to share.

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Guest Post – Candice Runs 50 Miles

Last year, I ran The North Face San Fran 50Miler in December, and this year, I decided that I wasn’t going to go back (can you blame me with the year I had of injuries?) but Shea & Melissa wanted redemption on the race and convinced Candice to join them.  The funny story of Candice is that just a few short years ago (1.5 years to be really exact) Candice thought trail running was not her thing. Candice thought that it was much too adventurous and hardcore, and she’d much rather run a road marathon than a trail 50K, thank you very much.  

It’s been a real treat for me to see a friend who never thought trails were for her grow to not only love them, but really come into her own through adventures and ultramarathons.  It really is true that the mountains and the woods get inside of us and change who we thought we were.  It’s been a pleasure to see just how much Candice has grown.  Although I wasn’t there to see her cross the finish line, I was stalking the results and cheering loud for her, and all of my friends down in San Fran this year.

And now I’ll let Candice tell you about her journey to completing her first 50Miler.

-S

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What I did on my 30th

I whined earlier in the week about how much January birthdays stink, and about how milestone birthdays can be more of a pain than a good thing.  But realistically, my friends and family are awesome and I had a great 30th.

Friday afternoon I headed downtown for a spa afternoon, and had my first ever hot stone massage.  It was fantastic.  I would definitely splurge on one of those again.  After my treatments, I had some time to kill so I did a little shopping and bought myself a couple of presents (a dress & a couple shirts).  After shopping, some close friends and I went to our favourite restaurant, Fable Kitchen, which was delicious as always.

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Saturday morning I woke up with a delicious smoothie made in my Vitamix and then headed to the trails.

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The girls and I came up with this ridiculous prom dress run idea a few weeks ago, so we made it a reality on the trails that morning.

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Nikki couldn’t make it, but still managed to make my birthday special by posting this pic:

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Too good.

Saturday afternoon I went up to Foot Lounge for a relaxing foot massage before Jay made me a yummy steak & yams dinner, with a chocolate brownie with ice cream on top.  Yummmmmmm.  Spending time with my hubs, and both pups, is always a good day.

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Finished off the night with puzzles.  Yep, I love jigsaw puzzles, and even though it was Saturday night, it was the perfect nightcap to a relaxing day.

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Sunday, you already heard about our running adventure and how it was an amazing run, but super painful for my back, and the wrong choice.

All in all, it was a great 30th Birthday.

And the best part?  It’s not over.  Me and the girls are headed to Whistler this weekend for a little drunk night out.  Woot Woot!  We’ll make sure to take a couple pretty pics before we go out.  We do know how to wear non-running clothes and make-up, promise!

xoxo

-S

 

Sometimes, I’m an Idiot.

Most of the time, I pride myself on being a really great body listener.  Up until this wretched foot injury (circa Sept 27/13), I hadn’t been injured for more than a week or 2 at most in years.   Yes of course I had soreness after races or hard workouts, but I was pretty awesome at reeling myself in, resting and being smart about it.  Once in a while I’d make a questionable choice, and most likely I’d end up paying for it, but it was never serious.

Along came this foot injury which has plagued me since that fateful late September morning, almost 1.5 yrs ago.  I lost my routines, my fitness level, my competitive drive, and most importantly, I lost my running mojo.  In efforts to find all of the above, I saw many different experts, specialists, and people who could possibly help me.  It’s very hard to remind yourself that you aren’t who you were before, ie I wasn’t someone who could go out for a 25km, 4 hour run, with no issues afterwards.  On occasion I found myself agreeing to runs and then backing out when I realized just how dumb that idea was.

Unfortunately, I didn’t back out on Sunday, and now I’m paying for it.  Big time.

What I’m not paying for…memories of this gorgeous running!

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Birthday Schmirthday.

Birthdays are supposed to be fun.  A celebration of your birth and another year on this planet, and looking back on the past year and looking forward to the next year.  The big ones, that mean something like 18 & 21 are always bigger celebrations, and the ten’s/0′s always carry the most pressure.  Oh snap you’re 40!  Or 50!  Or guess what??  30!  Yep, that’s a ten too, and that’s what birthday it is for me this weekend.

There’s tons of pressure around it because it is a big fat 0 number.  Pressure to do something “epic” to celebrate.  But the 0 isn’t getting me down, it’s the fact that I’m born in early January, and it really sucks.  I just was tagged in this article from my brother in law, and I relate to it all.  Nobody wants to do anything fun in January, anything that costs money, or requires effort and planning.  I get it, I don’t want to do much in January either, but instead of it just being like a “whatever”, instead it’s just depressing.

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January 5th

I can’t write too much.  Short story, we went out for a long run in miserable weather yesterday, and on our way down from deep snow turned into icy slush, I slid out on a rock covered in slush, and came crashing down on my lower back.  First and foremost, I’m OK.  But I’m sore, I’m whiney, and I can’t sit here blogging even though I have lots to say, so let’s go point form.

  • The BeastStreak is actually still alive and kicking.  I thought for sure it would end Dec 31st, but then the 1st is a given for a family run, and well I’ve just kept going.  I’ll admit, today looked like a no-go, but then I got to thinking, and realized that it’s really hard to say no to Day 38 without at least trying.  So, treadmill with a little Bachelor and whopping 2.5kms.
  • My back doesn’t really hurt if I’m still, and walking/running is okkkkk, but any bending over or twisting of my right side, and it’s OWWWWWWW.
  • Jay’s new Go-Pro and stabilizer is RAD.  Trail running adventures with my hubs just got way more fun, and way more stressful.  When you’ve got someone running behind you, filming your every step, trust me, you’re re-thinking the dessert from last night, or the way you’re hunching your shoulders.

A few stills from our Saturday run :

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