Bounce Back


Good evening! I hope you had a great start to your week.

I don’t want to jinx it, but my groin feels almost back to normal. I am going to take it slow tomorrow and see how it feels. Time heals all wounds…

This week also marks the beginning of our TRY-A-TRI training! I will be blogging about it soon and telling you our plans. :)

I got a call from Ambrosia this morning (the health food store carrying my Glo Bars) and they doubled their order from last week. They were pleased with how quickly the bars sold out! Thank you to everyone who dropped in and bought some Glo Bars! :) Your support has been nothing short of amazing. The bars should be re-stocked in the store by Wednesday or Thursday.

My food highlight today was C-R-E-A-M-Y!


1 Minute Coconut Banana Cream



  • 1 small banana, peeled (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping tablespoon coconut butter, softened
  • 1-2 teaspoons almond milk

Directions: Place banana, vanilla, milk, and softened coconut butter in a food processor and process until smooth. Serve over fruit and enjoy!

Note: You can use a cold/frozen banana if you want the cream cold or just a room-temp. banana if you don’t mind the cream warm. The heated coconut butter will make the cream warm, so adjust recipe to your liking!


Or you can just eat the cream straight up. :) It was heavenly.


Next time I think I might use this cream over something savoury, like oatmeal or pancakes. This was good, but it was a bit too sweet.



Since I am working tonight (two words: Business taxes…blech!), I thought this was the perfect time for another Health News Round Up…

Health News Round Up:

Size Healthy in the blog world:


Tonight’s question:

Have you ever had an injury that side-lined your exercise/training plans? How did you cope with the injury and bounce back? Do you have to train differently now?

It is no secret that I had a pelvic muscle pull last January 2009 that put me out of exercise for 2 months. Aside from that, I have been lucky. I have had knee pain and wore knee sleeves all last summer, but I have been able to rid myself of the sleeves this year after extensive strength training with Booty Camp Fitness. I definitely train smarter now than I used to. I used to ignore my body’s signals of pain, but now I am a good listener. If I feel an unusual pain that is out of the ordinary, I will stop the exercise until it goes away. It took me a long time to be able to do that! Some people say it takes discipline to workout, but I say it also takes discipline to workout SMART.

I appreciate you sharing your stories. I get emails every week from women who are dealing with an injury and looking for some encouragement.

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1 Bridget April 19, 2010

Yay on the glo bar orders!!!

I’m lucky to have never had an injury, so here’s hoping it stays that way lol


2 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 19, 2010

Ahhh that coconut banana cream just sounds heavenly. I adore my coconut butter!!

I, luckily, have never had an injury. Actually, I did have some forearm tendonitis when I was training for my first fitness competition, but with proper rest and icing, it healed quickly. It was more from doing new moves (like strength moves with most of your weight on your arms), and I think it just took a bit of getting used to. :)


3 Kristin April 19, 2010

I’ve not had an actual injury…but I did have laproscopic surgery a month ago. The surgery was a relatively minor surgery, but the after effects of the anesthesia have been really horrible. The fact that the surgery forced me to miss my half marathon….well, I wasn’t much fun to live with for a while.

Fortunately, I’ve been working with a personal trainer for a while, and she’s been able to help me readjust my workout schedule. I have to be careful because I wear out very easily (doctor said it could take 6 months to get back to where I was!), but so far so good. We literally had to take me back to the beginning (last summer, when my exercise odessey began) and reduce that level of activity even more.

The big trick….patience, patience, and more patience.

My heart wants to push as hard as I can, and it does feel good in the moment! But my head knows that if I do that I’ll be on the couch all day. I ran last week for a whopping 10 minutes, loving every single second …and then paid for it for two days.

It helps to focus on the things I can do – eating right, sleeping enough, and rebuilding my strength training bit by bit. (Cardio seems to be the big problem right now.) Since the marathon is over, I”m also using this as a chance to shake up my workout a bit. Since I have to start over, I might as well try something new!

PS. The Parsnip fries changed my family’s life tonight, too!


4 Jenn April 19, 2010

That coconut cream looks amazing. Just have to pick up some coconut butter!
Yeah, tri-training!! You will love it! I signed up for the olympic distance and that starts in two weeks. We just have the last of our time trials for the sprint distance!
Can’t wait to see you out on the circuit!


5 Lauren April 19, 2010

I’ve never been injured, but it is something that I am afraid of right now…especially after what you just said about your knees. I’ve been experiencing knee pain in one of my legs while running…I had it checked by a doctor and he did a 5 second exam and said nothing was wrong, so I’ve just kept running. Will knee sleeves prevent injury/stop the pain? I thought it wouldn’t be necessary to stop running, but now I’m not so sure.
Glad to hear that you are healing well and feeling ready to bounce back! I totally agree that it is important to train smart.


6 Bella (Stilettos on the Streetcar) April 19, 2010

I’m currently recovering from a brain injury I sustained while playing softball. I wish I could tell you I’m doing it with grace and patience, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. Thank goodness for your blog! It gives me something to read as I spend countless hours on the couch. :)

I am getting better though. I was recently given the go-ahead to walk daily. It’s great to have activity back in my life!


7 Mary April 19, 2010

Last year during my senior year of college, I fractured my foot. although I didnt get it checked out. it was 4 days before our big show. the only shoe I could wear was flip flops. it was november in upstate NY. I danced on it anyway. NOW i know to be smarter about my body and training because from time to time my foot hurts where it did before after a long run.


8 Nicole @ Making Good Choices April 19, 2010

That’s so great about your glo bars! I wish I could just pop into that store and pick up some! I made your nut butter fries tonight and they were to die for! I haven’t (luckily, knock on wood) been injured, so I don’t really have any advice to share. Glad you are feeling better!


9 EaterNotARunner April 19, 2010

I’ve never had a major injury but I definitely do my best to listen to my body. It is harder than it sounds though!


10 Stacey April 19, 2010

Can’t wait to hear about your training and so happy your bars sold out, that’s fantastic.


11 nut April 19, 2010

I’ve been out of exercise for over a year due to health reasons. A lot of stuff to go into. Anyway, I feel like I have lost myself. My passion and my identity. Trying to persevere with a bit of pride because I don’t want to be a “woe is me” girl. I need to appreciate what I have (even if its very very little).
Nice eats.
Jamie Oliver’s show is really interesting actually. Kind of shocks me the way schools are being operated like this.


12 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 19, 2010

Very cool news about your bars! That’s so encouraging to hear and must give you a lot of hope about the future sales of Glo Bars.


13 Jil April 19, 2010

Awesome news about your bars!! Of course they sold out though!! :)


14 Allison @ Food For Healing April 19, 2010

thats pretty exciting that the bars are such a hit!


15 Lauren April 19, 2010

I’ve been so sidelined this year with health problems and now an IT Band issues. It was so hard at first, but I am really realizing that it’s just plain stupid to try and pretend like its not there. I am doing the smart thing now so that I will be able to get back into it sooner and longer!

Take care girl. Have a great night.


16 Sarah April 19, 2010

Congrats on the doubled order – that is so great! Re injuries. Yes! I was in a car accident last summer that sidelined me completely for months. It has been slow and steady since and the key has been to listen to my body (well, that and physical therapy, massage therapy and acupuncture). I’m still not at 100% but I’m getting there.


17 Katie April 19, 2010

Yes, I’m currently recovering from a groin pull (achieved on a 16K run and have no idea how it really happened). I’ve been seeing a sports doctor for a few weeks now and he said it would take me six weeks to recover. That officially took me out of my half marathon training. I’m pretty bummed but not torn up about it.

Its only six weeks…maybe a little longer but I will run again. That half marathon will always be there.

Chin up, yours will heal too.


18 Christie April 19, 2010

I giggled to myself when I read this question- is being PREGNANT comparable to an INJURY?!? LOL! I’ve definitely tweaked my workout plan- no more specific ab workouts, i’ve lightened up my running distance and have also been focusing on keeping my heart rate from sky-rocketing too much during spin class.

Glad you’ve been injury free since last year! Way to be smart and listen to your body!



19 Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) April 19, 2010

I’ve never hurt myself training, but I’m super careful whenever I do heavy squats and deadlifts. It’s because I used to horseback ride, and saw a lot of accidents caused by just a single moment of carelessness or stupidity. I had a few bad falls in my time (no serious injuries though) and they taught me more than anything to always be ready and always be alert.

With squats and deadlifts for example, the weight doesn’t even have to be that heavy for you to injure yourself. But if you’re chatting with a buddy as you carelessly lift 90 pounds with relaxed abs and a rounded back…that could hand you in the hospital, no joke. So yeah, I’m careful, and so far it’s served me well!


20 Jocey April 19, 2010

I am currently a senior in college and have been on crutches for the past 6 weeks with a broken 5th metatarsal. I was in the best shape of my life, never experienced any ailments until I fell in a pothole while running. Doc says I’ll be on crutches for 2 more weeks and in a boot for another 2 during which i can do the stationary bike/moderate exercise. It’s been so hard emotionally dealing with not being able to run. I look forward to getting back into exercising (slowly) but until then I cope by weight lifting, ab-work, and I was just given the OK to swim with a flotation device. I’m really hoping this upper-body strengthening will make the transition back to running/high intensity cardio easier!

I would really love some insight on how to deal with injuries on an emotional level. I constantly feel like I’m gaining weight since I’m not running anymore, and it’s been difficult spending my last semester of college like this because running is what has always motivated me.

Thanks for all of the inspiration so far though, I would never have made it through 6 weeks already if it wasn’t for the blog world!


21 AGS April 19, 2010

I had this exact injury my junior year in high school. Once you have a boot on, you’ll likely be able to ride a stationary bike, and even do some swimming. I recommend you use both of these.

In the meantime. . . yes, there will be some weight gain. This is called LIFE. But — you don’t have to gain a lot, provided you eat clean and reasonably, and you certainly can get back into shape in a few months. The comeback is also part of LIFE. You may even discover that you like weight training/biking/etc, and you’ll have a new interest. On the emotional level, try to treat your rest as part of your training for the future. You will face challenges like this, and worse than this later in your life. You can look back at this and learn for the future. This is truly the case — and least it is for me. The next time you face a tough spot, you can look back and say, “I went through xyz, and dealt with it, and made it through. I can handle this new challenge the same way.”

Rest up, heal, and you’ll be back to your old running soon enough.


22 Jocey April 20, 2010

Thank you so much! :)


23 lex @ sweettoothlex April 19, 2010

YUm yum yum!! That fruit looks so delish and the sauce is going to be a must-try!

Have fun starting your Try-a-Tri training!!!!


24 Lauren M. April 19, 2010

I notice that a lot of your recipes call for coconut butter. Could somebody please tell me about the health benefits or drawbacks of coconut butter and oil. They are so high in saturated fat. Should it be something to be enjoyed in moderation???


25 Kelly April 19, 2010

I’m currently in my 4th week of physical therapy and 3rd month of an injury. I have illiotibial band syndrome, and it just will not get better! I’m signed up for a 10 mile race on May 2 that I cannot run, and today I ran for 5 min at PT. That’s the longest I’ve run without pain since January. It’s so frustrating and nothing brings me down more.


26 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 19, 2010

I was training for a half marathon, and was going out for my longest run to date at the time (7.5 miles). I got about 3 miles in, and I stopped at an intersection and kept running in place (I was a newbie!) and ended up falling down, twisting my ankle, and then cutting my opposite knee open. I stood up and was in shock. I flagged down a cab, but didn’t have any cash on me, so the cab driver made me get out! I ended up walking home (slowly) the 2.5 miles. I got home and my ankle swelled up like crazy and starting turning purple almost immediately. I had to stop training for the half, and couldn’t run for two weeks while my ankle heeled. I ran a 5k three weeks later (I had already signed up for it) but scaled back my running a lot. I now plan to run a half marathon this year, and ended up doing a 10 miler last weekend. I was bummed I had to cut my training back, but its better to be sidelined for a few weeks/months than for a lifetime.


27 Lesley Lifting Life April 19, 2010

Your banana coconut cream looks so good … love that idea!


28 Danielle April 19, 2010

I’m so happy to hear you are bouncing back! Sounds like you are really listening to what your body needs!
I’m nursing an injury now…though I guess its more like a permanent injury. I have damage to my hip joint and badly worn cartilage and as a result, I can’ run anymore, doctors orders :( Definitely still struggling with the news, even though my last run was 7 months ago. Trying to find new activities to love, but its not easy! Still love reading about other peoples races and training!


29 Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 19, 2010

yay for the glo bars selling well :)


30 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 19, 2010

i’m in that time right now unfortunately :( turns out my soleus is severely tight and it kills my knee to run. HOWEVER i just started therapy today and it feels great to know there’s an end in sight!


31 Ashley April 19, 2010

Whoa. So I think my roasted maple cinnamon almond butter and your coconut cream are a deadly combination that might need to be paired together. Your creamy goodness sounds heavenly!!!!! I just recently had an injury that I had to put off a half marathon for. It was in the top of my foot..I thought it was a stress fracture but luckily was not. I was bummed for a few days that I wasn’t going to be training for the run but I tried to look at it as an opportunity to get good at other things. I joined the Denver Rec Centers and started swimming. I’ve never been on swim team or anything but always enjoyed swimming. I have been loving it and feel like my body is getting in great shape. I also started riding the bike at the gym more and getting back into lifting. It’s actually been great to not have to focus on running. The huz and I also bought rock climbing gym memberships and are LOVING doing it together and learning with each other. SO much fun. I just bought a rode bike, yesterday, that Chris found on Craigslist. Great deal for a barely used bike. Just went on my first ride in like 10yrs [no joke]. I definitely see a triathlon in my future..but I’m staying off the foot a little longer!! Since putting running on hold I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life and it feels great :)


32 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 19, 2010

I’ve had a stress fracture in my pubic ramus for oh about 5 months now? It happened back in December but it wasn’t treated properly. Now, with a new doctor, I’m hoping to be on the right track. I’m supposed to be off of crutches in a couple weeks and healed completely in 2-3 months, we hope. Not gonna lie, it’s probably been the hardest months of my life. Not probably, for sure. But I know, I KNOW there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I will heal. It might take a while, but I will. This is not forever. And remembering that is what has gotten me through, that this is TEMPORARY. Also, staying busy is really important!


33 Gina April 19, 2010

I actually just recently suffered from my first sports related injury. Sounds lucky but I never played sports in school and just this year started getting into running ;) Anyway, I started training in February for my first half marathon and 2 weeks ago during my 11 mile training run, I started getting right hip pain, especially when I would be stopped at an intersection and then start back up.

Anyway, I took a day off of running and when I tried to run again it still hurt pretty badly. I went to my dr who told me to rest for a full week and ice it.

After my full week of rest, the pain had not gone away nor had it gotten better. I thought for sure the half marathon I had already signed up for which is to take place on May 2nd was totally out of the question. My dr referred me to a physical therapist and I had my second appt today.

The Physical therapist said that the arch in my right foot collapses with each running step which ended up overstressing my right priformis muscle (the deep gluteal muscle). He is really going to try to help me run that half marathon!!

Right now my main concern is that my Husband thinks all I need to do is rest and that physical therapy is a waste of money and that it is selfish of me to go since I am only doing it so I can run in the half marathon.

Anyone have advice or encouraging words? The husband and I are basically not speaking because of this!!

Angela, sorry to use your comment section to vent about my own probs but thanks!!


34 Lauren April 20, 2010

Hi Gina — so sorry to hear about your injury!! I wanted to reply because I’ve suffered from the same thing…so maybe my experience can help you?

The problem with a tight piriformis (besides the pain) is that it can lead to piriformis syndrome — or a pinched sciatic nerve ( This has happened to me twice. The first time was honestly the worst injury I have ever suffered. It hurt to do anything (walk, sit, lay down, etc). I went through some pretty intensive PT (w/ ultrasound, etc) to get it healed, but it took a long time and a lot of rest (unfortunately).

Obviously if it’s not at that stage yet, you can probably still run with the help of your PT…I would just caution you to be careful. And stretch a LOT!! And no, PT is not a waste of money, since he/she can help get rid of your current pain and help you build up strength/improve your running form so that this doesn’t happen again! If you want to get better quickly and prevent it from getting worse, I would totally recommend it!!

Good luck! I hope things get better soon!!!


35 Gina April 20, 2010

Thanks Lauren! I appreciate it.


36 Charlotte April 19, 2010

About 6 months ago I got several tears in the ligament under my toe. I pushed through the pain for a month, working on my feet 40 plus hours a week. I ended up having to quite my job and be pretty much stuck on the couch for 4 months. I have just recently started walking regularly and finally getting to work out again. Thank gosh for my husband who is even more active than I normally am, he helped me deal with the complete change of lifestyle and I will now never push through something like that again!


37 shelly April 19, 2010

I love the daily spark article you linked! My fiance and I had a very similar experience recently- we took a trip to Colorado to celebrate his 30th birthday and we hiked in the Rocky Mountain National Park (with snow shoes), skied, and rode horses. It was a wonderful, active vacation and it really helped reinforce how much happiness being fit brings into our lives and we really appreciated all the opportunities for fun that being fit affords us.


38 Debbi April 19, 2010

The banana cream looks wonderful!

Ugh! The injury! I’ll try to tell my annoying injury story in a quick way. Spent my whole life overweight. REALLY overweight. I lost about 100 lbs. Started to feel really good. (though I still have a long ways to go) I spent the day walking in an outdoor renaissance fair, literally, at the beginning of the day, I was feeling SO good about myself and said “I NEVER could have done all this walking 100 lbs. ago”. By the end of the day, my ankle was in agony and it has never recovered. This was about 1 1/2 years ago. Went to tons of doctors, MRI, Cat scan, everything, basically the bones are just a bunch of gobbelity goop. (Yes, that’s my technical term for it). It’s not rheumatoid arthritis, and it’s not a whole bunch of other things. No one knows what it is but now I have to “baby it” and not walk a lot. Not that I enjoy running anyways but it would be nice to not have THIS as an excuse not to do it. I know there are many other ways to exercise, I’m just lacking the motivation to do it. Sadly, I use the ankle as an excuse more than I should. I’ve been so trying to get back on track and I’m loving all these healthy lifestyle blogs to keep reminding me! Thanks! (sorry for whining, I really try not to do that).


39 John April 19, 2010

The injury that put me out the longest was knee pain from running. I didn’t listen to it and had to take 10 days off training. I learned from that and the most I’ve had to take off since was 5 days which is a lot easier to handle.


40 Candice April 19, 2010

Way to go on the news about your bars – that is awesome!!

I am so thankful that I’ve never had a serious injury. When I trained from my marathon, I did have some trouble with my knee off and on, but it worked itself out.


41 Lindsay April 19, 2010

My worst injury began in fall of 2006! Out of nowhere, I started having horrible pain in my left knee after working out/on stairs. After my attempts to take it easy stopped working and I ran out of exercises that didn’t bother it, I finally went to my doctor (in March of 2008.. very bad!) who sent me to pt and to an orthopedist. He basically ignored the problem and said I just needed to stretch better. I literally almost started crying in his office! I tried that (which was no help) and decided it was never going to get better.

Finally, a year later I saw another ortho in the same practice, he did an MRI but never explained what was going on. He said he didn’t believe in physical therapy but put me on naproxen. When it didn’t get better in 8 weeks, he wanted to start giving me cortisone shots! Then he said don’t worry there are lots of steps between that and knee replacement (WHAT?!)

I listened to the little voice in my head that said that’s not a good idea, something isn’t right here and called my primary doctor for a different referral. She sent me back to pt and to a new ortho who was WONDERFUL! He explained that what was happening was the synovial tissue was catching in my kneecap and that if I worked on strengthening my hip and quads it would prevent that from happening. They were so nice to me and so helpful. I started taking naproxen again and keeping up with my pt… but the best thing of all happened when a few weeks into this I got terribly, horribly sick. I barely had energy to do anything, let alone work out. I kept up with most of my pt exercises and icing and an amazing thing happened when I could finally go back to the gym… my knee wasn’t bothering me.. not at all!!

My physical therapist thought it was the rest that helped the most. I haven’t had any problems since then! I always wear a knee sleeve now on that knee and I make an effort to keep up with strengthening exercises. I’m also more cautious if I pull a muscle or feel pain somewhere I shouldn’t; I make sure to let myself recover before I start pushing myself again. After so many years of trouble, I’m happy to say that I’m all better :)


42 Rachel April 19, 2010

You had knee pain?? I HAVE KNEE PAIN RIGHT NOW!! I started running a couple of weeks ago and right as I was actually starting to like it, my knees started hurting. And every time I think its over and I can start again, it comes back. I ice, I take ibuprofen, I haven’t worn heels in over a week, (tears) and I don’t know what to do. Do the sleeves help? Is there a brand you recommend?? I know I need new shoes but those need to wait about a month or so. I’m so frustrated and worried I will lose motivation before its fixed :(


43 Run Sarah April 19, 2010

I had some ITB issues from running and increasing mileage too fast. Yoga, stretching and slowly working up my mileage has helped tremendously.


44 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 19, 2010

The coconut banana cream looks absolutely divine! Thank you for the recipe :)

I’ve had runner’s knee for a year and a half, as well as cervical issues that are reoccurring. For my runner’s knee I’ve been stuck to an indoor, rubber track on good days, and the elliptical on bad days.


45 jenn April 20, 2010

I hurt my shoulder last year doing Turkish Get Ups incorrectly. I rested it for a few weeks and then returned to light weight while it finished healing. Hasn’t given me a second of trouble since.


46 Ariana April 20, 2010

I broke my toe 2.5 months ago. There are people that train with a broken toe but I have not been able to do anything for 10 weeks now. This week I started with weight training because it’s still not possible to run or to jump etc. At the beginning I was very sad because I wanted to be in a really good shape this summer and I just planned to buy new running shoes and then nothing was possible anymore.
Well I had to accept it and I guess I learnt to live more slowly and enjoy the little things.

And congratulations to your glo bars – sounds great!


47 Alexandra April 20, 2010

This is unrelated to your post but I figured you would have advice! Did you see/hear about the Doctor OZ show from last week where he discussed the dangers of mineral makeup? See: I really don’t know what to think now? I thought mineral makeup was the best most natural option available. What now? Can you do another Project Natural Glo post?


48 Jenny April 20, 2010

Besides the typical knee injuries and such, I had my gall bladder removed about 4 weeks ago. It has been harder on me than I thought! Not being able to run (which is my main form of exercise and the thing that keeps me sane all day) or even lift anything over 5 pounds was so hard! Now I have a new respect for walking, playing in the backyard with my dog, and loving my body no matter how much exercise it gets.
The biggest thing I ever did for myself was to stop exercising so hard. I went from having to box, weight train, and run every single day to learning I could do just one or two types of exercises a day. It means I can fit more time in with my loved ones :)


49 Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 20, 2010

Congrats at selling out at Ambrosia! I will be there to help, soon, lol :)

I have knee pains every so often, which I ice and go, and I hurt my ankle pretty badly last year- I tried to use a wrap for it, but eventually I had to take a couple days off because it was so bad. I hated it, but it made it sooo much better! Luckily nothing worse than that!



50 Paige @ Running Around Normal April 20, 2010

Last year I had tendonitis, but started wearing orthodics, and took about a week off of running, and then got new running shoes. I was good as new!


51 Rachel April 20, 2010

Last June I had plantar fasciitis – well, I still have it, but it got incredibly painful around then, to the point where I couldn’t even walk or stand. So I spent 3 months doing absolutely nothing, other than icing and stretching my foot – no running, no gym, no dancing (I was taking a few bellydance classes a week at the time). Not even any walking, other than to get around.

I think I’m mostly better, although the pain came back around Christmas. But I’m having a hard time getting myself to be active again. It’s something I’m working on.


52 Ez Dav April 21, 2010

I have plantar fasciitis myself for a few months now. My podiatrist prescribed me with Custom made orthotics which did not work at all. I understood that treatment efficiency is very individual. If something works for one it may not work for the other. There are many treatment techniques that you can try. There are Taping techniques that I find very useful. There are a few more self-care techniques that I got from this informative website-
Take care & Good luck


53 Keri@unlazykeri April 20, 2010

I broke my kneecap in college. I had to have surgery to pin it back together, so I was out of exercise for a couple months. Strangely, I lost weight when I wasn’t exercising (although it was all muscle). I still haven’t gained back all the quad muscle I lost!


54 Natalie April 20, 2010

I have been sidelined with a back injury off and on for over 4 years. I couldn’t agree with you more that it takes discipline to workout smart. I am a reformed, chronic over-exerciser.

I herniated my lower back in 2006 from over-exercising and spent a year in doctors’ offices, physical therapy and the chiropractor. I finally got better but went back to my old ways of overdoing it. I was at the height of my exercising craze about three months before my wedding. I was working out sometimes 3 times a day. For example, I would walk to work, complete a strength workout during lunch, and then do a Bikram yoga session after work. WAY TOO MUCH! Adrenaline and nerves pushed me through the pain before my wedding but, after it was all over, my body just shut down. My back, neck and shoulders were a mess but I still kept at it, fearing to gain back the weight I lost for my wedding.

After a few months, I could not take the pain so I went to the doctors again. My x-rays showed that I have beginning stages of osteoarthritis in my back and neck. This was a wake-up call, especially since my husband and I are thinking about starting a family. I thought how could I carry a child with all of these issues and be in pain? Further, my obgyn stated that over exercising can reduce your fertility.

I finally realized this is not just a physical issue but my injuries stem from deeper emotional issues—the need to look a certain way and feel a certain way after intense exercise. I am/was addicted to exercise. The past six months have been tough to accept my limitations and give up some of the things I loved to do. However, like other comments state, I don’t want to feel sorry for myself but work to feel better inside and out. I really beat up my body and now it’s time to show it the love and respect my body deserves.


55 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 20, 2010

Training differently because of an injury is the story of my life!! The quick run down: I have chronic pain of unknown cause in my hands & feet that had me sidelined for about a year. There was no improvement with resting, so I decided to learn how to deal with it- I’ve changed how I run, what I do to workout, and how I take care of myself after a workout. I try not to limit my running because it causes the most impact- ~3 days/week (while training for a half!)- and compensate for the lack of running by adding in other training like biking & swimming.
The injury is actually what made me try a triathlon in the first place- I was such a “runner-only” that I couldn’t get myself to fall in love with other cardio- until I made a tri my goal. Then I fell in love & learned how to make swimming & biking give me a similar rush to swimming.
I can’t wait to hear about your tri training- hopefully the change in activity will keep your groin in good shape! (That sounded awkward…haha you know what I mean!)


56 Christina April 20, 2010

I hurt my knee last June from overexercising. I wasn’t giving my body enough time to rest. I was just able to start running again last month. I never knew what the injury was because I had no insurance to go to a doctor, but I just stopped exercising for a month and then began biking, rather than running. It actually wasn’t too bad, because I discovered I really like biking!

I can’t wait to hear about your tri training. I really want to train for one too!


57 Lauren (Health on the Run) April 20, 2010

Seems like so many people struggle with injuries!! :( Since I ran competitively in H.S/College, I’ve had pretty much every injury under the sun — shin splints, stress fractures, tendonitis, pinched nerves, etc etc etc. It can be extremely frustrating to be sidelined because of an injury. I’ve found that the times I CAN’T run are the times I want to the most!! (funny how that happens). And since (like many) I use exercise as a form of stress release, not being able to work out can lead to emotional issues, more stress, and problems sleeping.

But I echo what you said in your post — the key is to listen to your body. Pushing through the injury can only make it worse…and then leave you sidelined for a few months instead of a few days/weeks. Also, it’s important to look at your decision to rest as a healthy one. Yes, you may gain a few pounds now, but taking time off when you’re injured is extremely important to a healthy lifestyle — and will allow you to stay active for years to come.


58 Katie April 20, 2010

In October 2008 (on my birthday, actually) I stress-fractured my femur due to “overuse,” and I was on crutches for 6 weeks and couldn’t exercise for 3 months. It was stressful navigating crutches, and hard not to work out, but it showed me how hard I was working my body. Now, over a year later, I’m struggling with ITBS (iliotibial band syndrome) and although I pushed through the pain to run a half-marathon, am going to back off and just do what feels comfortable for the next few months.


59 Diana @ frontyardfoodie April 20, 2010

Congrats on getting a bigger order! That’s awesome!

Hmm, injuries. I’ve been lucky to not have any serious ones except in December my hip was killing me and I was running alot but didn’t want to stop. I was forced to take a couple days hiatus while stuck at my family’s in the country during a blizzard but other than that I didn’t rest at all. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but mentally I couldn’t stop.

Then I became pregnant. Well that was pretty much a sideline and so for nearly three months I didn’t run. Now that I’ve picked it up again (granted, slower and shorter distances) my hip feels great and I’m really glad I was forced to rest.

Take care of yourself!


60 Grace aka Triathlonbabe April 20, 2010

That banana cream stuff looks really good, would’ve needed that for my jewelry party last Sat. Oh well….:)

I have tackled with injuries and surgeries on and off over the years of my running and triathlons. The worst injury I had that put me back almost a year from running was 2 bulging discs and severe sciatica. I’ve since recovered from the bulging discs or at least have held them at bay because I’m trying really hard to run on soft ground as often as I can. I suffered with it for a long time without medical attention because I thought I was wonder woman and stubborn.

You are right Angela, we really have to program ourselves to listen to our bodies and when they say slow down or stop, we need to pay attention.


61 Allison April 20, 2010

When I was training for a half-marathon last fall, I knew I had to take things easy because I was coming back from a knee injury, but I was confident and determined to run the half. I was so upset and bummed when I started feeling an annoying ache in my hip a few weeks into my training plan. I (very reluctantly) backed off from running, and ramped up my cross-training and stretching plans.

As the half got closer, I re-wrote my training schedule and gave myself a deadline–I think I said something like “if I can’t finish a long run (over 6 miles) without pain by whatever date, I’ll pull out of the race.” And I swore to myself I’d take it easy for at least a month following the race. I’m all about stretching and recovery now, as well as strength-training for my lower body and core. The way I see it, strong muscles = more support for my joints = pain-free running!


62 Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary April 20, 2010

As I get older, it seems like injuries occur more often if I’m not careful. Usually how this goes for me is like this…

Some part of my body doesn’t feel like it should during a workout… I think to myself, it’s nothing, keep going. After said work out, body part X hurts even more so I ice it and rest it for a few days. When it starts to feel just a little bit better, I use said body part again and remember how long it takes for muscles to heal… I always bitch and complain about how annoying it is to deal with injury and take days off… I wait till it stops hurting and then wait an additional week, and if its still not hurting, start excersizing again slowly…

Sometimes I wish I could just recognize I’m hurt and start the healing process right away instead of trying to push it again after only a few days rest… Maybe in time I’ll learn. ;)


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