Friday, May 17, 2013

Fitness Friday–May 17

Today’s Fitness Friday and lack of running is brought to you by my knee – my right knee to be exact. After discussing my situation a few weeks ago with my orthopedic massage therapist and evaluating the knee on my own, I think I’ve discovered my problem – Quadriceps Tendonitis (or Irritation/Inflammation). Whatever it is, I’m pretty sure that my quadriceps tendon hates me.

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I ran 2 miles on Monday (boy did it feel good to run again), but towards the end of the run, my knee began bothering me. The pain began at the top of my kneecap and stayed that way for a while, then it slowly moved to my ITBand. I foam rolled and iced once I got home and everything was fine after that.

Let me clarify when I say pain – it’s not excruciating pain like I had with my left ITBand during the Houston Half Marathon. This pain was more of an ache that let me know something wasn’t right. Ok, carry on.

On Wednesday, I attempted another 2 mile run. The pain didn’t seem as bad, but my overactive wishful thinking imagination might have taken over at that point. Who knows. I did notice something different after this run, however. The top of my knee was and still is tender to touch. Hmmm…
I began a little research and that’s how I made my determination on quadriceps tendonitis/irritation/inflammation. I’ve been icing my knee and foam rolling, doing PT exercises (various forms of squats/lunges, etc), and…boo…resting my knee.

At the moment, I’ve decided to give my knee a few weeks and see where I end up! Dumbo Double Dare will be here before I know it,  I gotta take care of this so I can heal up!



A recap of my week:

Saturday – No long workout – spent the weekend in New Orleans with friends
Sunday
– No workout – again, we spent the weekend in New Orleans with friends
Monday – 2 mile run and Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Week 1
Tuesday
– PT exercises and Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Week 1
Wednesday – 2 mile run and PT exercises
Thursday – Rest Day
Friday – I have a date with my backyard today! I’m going to begin staining our wood deck and possibly a little bit of landscaping.

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I discovered something new this week! Wholly Guacamole!! Oh my goodness it’s SO good! I tried the Classic Guacamole which was packaged into little 100 calorie packs! SO cute!

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I’ve continued on my smoothie-for-breakfast kick! This one was almond butter, banana, unsweetened cocoa, and honey! SO good! I’ll share a few of my recipes soon!

This week has been SO busy at work! It’s Relay for Life week and tonight is our big event!

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Our team is selling bottled water and mustache straws as a fundraiser! I have to admit, I’m a little nervous! This event draws around 2,500 people – and I have to speak at opening ceremonies. Eeeekk! I know it will go well, I’m just a little nervous.

A few additional things happened this week – for one, the administrator of our hospital showed my mud run video recap to the ENTIRE leadership team. He wants more people involved with our hospital team next year and he wants the leaders to get their employees excited about the race. I  have to admit – when I found out, I was kind of embarrassed but flattered at the same time!

Also, we shot a commercial for our hospital today and guess who was asked to be in it?! Me! I’m in a group shot that will probably only last 2 seconds of the commercial, but I cannot wait to see it! We had so much fun today!

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend! The weather has been gorgeous here lately! I’m hoping it carries over into the weekend!

What did you do for fitness this week?

38 comments:

  1. I hope the knee heals quickly and stops giving you trouble Karen! I'm fighting a sore throat this morning and trying to decide if I should run anyway. How cool that you are in a commercial! Famous! ;)

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    1. Thank you, me too! Hope you feel better! :0) Have a great day!

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  2. Oh no!! I hope you feel better soon. I have been a swimmer for forever and I think that I have had tendonitis in every part of my arm haha...shoulders, elbows.... it's the worst!

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  3. Good luck with your knee recovery. I love smoothies but have yet figured out how to make them myself. Happy Friday!

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    1. Thank you! Happy Friday to you as well!! :0)

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  4. I hope your knee feels better dear! I can completely relate though now I'm a little nervous to go run tonight and tomorrow. Could those straws be any cuter?!

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    1. Aww thanks! I appreciate it! Hope you have a good run!

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  5. I hope the knee heals quickly girl! No fun! Good luck with the relay for life! I'm gonna need your autograph soon because it's sounds like you are headed for tv stardom! ;-)

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    1. Haha yeah yeah...doubt that! :0) Thank you!! Have a great weekend!

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  6. I have a five mile race this weekend and a 5K next weekend. If I can get through both of those races, I am going to take some time off for my knees as well. It is the worst feeling to want to run and not be able to...sounds like you are taking great steps in trying to heal. I am too hard headed, and that's why I stay injured! :(

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    1. I agree, it's the worst feeling ever! Have a great 5 miler and 5K!!

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  7. Good luck at the event tonight! I'm sure you'll do great. :)

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  8. Knee problems stink! BOO!!! I hope you get better quick. I love the stache idea. So cute. Good luck speaking.

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    1. Isn't that too funny?! I'm hoping they go over well! Thank you!! :0)

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  9. Prayers ascending for a quick healing knee!!!!

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  10. Hope your knee feels better soon! I am excited to read your smoothie recipes...I started drinking smoothies for breakfast too but am stuck in a rut and looking for new ideas. :) Have a great weekend!!

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    1. Awesome! I'll definitely share next week!! :0) You have a great weekend also! Thanks!

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  11. Rest up that knee! I am training for Dumbo also - super excited! As a side note - my stepsister is in Lake Charles also!

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    1. Aaah what?! How crazy!! Small world! :0) Thank you!

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  12. I hope your knee gets better, how frustrating! Take good care of it, as it seems you are. :)

    I so want to see your commerical! (and how can I get one of those straws? So, cute)

    Sarah www.courage2run.wordpress.com

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    1. Haha Thank you!! :0) Aren't the straws too funny? Love them!! I'll definitely share the commercial once it's live!

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  13. I nominated you very inspiring blogger award!! http://rushingherd.blogspot.com/2013/05/very-inspiring-blogger-award-and-half.html

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much!! :0) Such an honor!

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  14. I'm in the same boat with both knees.. Ugh.. Lots of ice, rest, I wear knee braces and reduce impact and I'm wearing good shoes all the time,, let's get these rested for double dare!!

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    1. Ugh yes! I was hoping to stray away from my knee brace but doesn't look like that's going to happen! Heal up...we have races to run!!

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  15. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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  16. hope your knee recovers quickly! I LOVE guacamole! However, I love making my own at home. Thanks for sharing your breakfast smoothie goods. I like to vary mine up and may have to try yours. I have some recipes posted on my blog as well.

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    1. Oooh I've never tried to make my own! I love the idea!! I'll have to look at your recipes, thanks!

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  17. I LOVE wholly guac! The 100 calories packs are a perfect snack. Yumm-o!

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  18. Great post! Several things: 1) rest your knee 2) I LOVE wholley guacamole in the 100 calorie packs--awesome 3) it is great that you are being recognize for your commitment to fitness at your work-that is a true indicator that you are inspiring others and finally 4)good luck with the deck staining.

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  19. I am with you, currently on 3 weeks of no running. Sucks, but if it the only way we will truly heal I hope you and I both recover fast!

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    1. Ugh yes sucks. Hope you heal up quick and you are back to running soon!

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