Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Queen of the Weirdest Injuries

Since moving to the Bahamas in August, I think I've become the queen of the weirdest injuries. I never really deemed myself as clumsy before, but since I've been here, I've been a walking disaster.

A list of some of the injuries I have incurred here include:
1. Tearing the cartilage in my right knee by tripping over a log in the dark because I was chasing after a van trying to get a ride home
2. (Potentially) Fracturing my shin because I dropped a cooler full of sharks on it
3. Cutting open my foot on a piece of coral because I had to go pee and jumped onto a small piece in the shallow waters.
4. Swollen/jammed hand due to a strong sea turtle crushing it with its flippers

I fall on boats all the time, bang up my legs on various equipment, cut my hands and feet on various objects, get scratches from sea turtles, get stung by jellies, and am just an all around klutz. Yesterday, I incurred another incredibly interesting and weird injury. Scroll past this next picture if you don't want to see a bit of blood ;)

Part of my toenail was ripped up by a tote full of seaweed. What kind of job do I have? Yesterday, we took students from the local primary school to collect seaweed for the community garden. The seaweed acts as a natural fertilizer/mulch and is great for their plants. When I was helping unload the van, I moved the last tote and the person I was handing it to grabbed the handle to pull it towards them. Well, my toenail got caught in the mix somehow (not sure how), and I yelped in pain. I didn't think much of it until it started bleeding.

I'm going to try and run on it today, but we'll see. It's throbbing a bit and there's still a bit of bleeding/blood trapped under the nail. I'm wondering if the injured part will reattach or just fall off. The fun of being me ;)

On another note, something that I still love despite sometimes causing me minor injuries? Turtles.

Please note that the front flippers of the sea turtle are the strongest joint. This turtle was out of the water less than 10 minutes and was on its way back to be released to the ocean when this photo was taken

What is your weirdest injury? Are you accident prone?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Two Weeks In

So, I've successfully completed two weeks of my workout plan to get me back into running and off of my lazy ass. I even survived Parents' Weekend, keeping up some semblance of a schedule despite working 4, 16+ hour days in a row!

I'm still running in the single digits, but I will soon be in double digit running weeks + back to back days of running. Right now, I'm running every other weekday for 3 days of running a week. It's hard to believe that I used to run 4-5 days a week and be fine.

One day, training months will resemble the months on the left again

I definitely need to get new shoes, but I won't be able to unless I order them to someone in the states to bring them down for me. I'm not sure when the earliest I can get them will be, but I need to figure that out sooner rather than later. Because I can't go to a running store and try on new models, I'll be ordering a pair of shoes that I know works for me!

Maybe another pair of Brooks will bring back some of my "speed"

What's your favorite site to order shoes from? What was your favorite workout this week?

Monday, May 18, 2015

A Week Back At It

Thanks to those of you who have stuck around in my hiatus ;) This past week was my first venture back into my old routine, and it went relatively well! I've created a workout plan that starts me back out running 3 days a week, doing a Nike Training Club (NTC) workout two days a week, having one true rest day, and doing yoga + stretching on Sunday.

I had no problem getting up on Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 to go for a run. Monday was accompanied by some NTC core work and Wednesday was followed by some intense stretching. I forgot how amazing I feel when I get up early and get my workout done before the sun comes up, even if it's a short workout.

Friday was where it got a little hairy. Thursday was my prescribed "rest day" and I took advantage of that. Friday, I woke up early, but because I didn't sleep well, I didn't get out of bed to go running. I planned on running once I got home. Instead, I fell asleep, and when I woke up again, a friend had come around to share some amazing news (she got the professional development award she was waiting for!), so we had dinner and drinks instead. I then went around to my boss' house for drinks and planned a run on Saturday morning before a trip down island.

Saturday morning I woke up after 4 hours of sleep and got ready for my trip instead of running... When I got home from my trip, it was time for one of my co-worker's going away party. She's been here 3 years (relatively long for non-managers here) and has been such a huge influence in the community. The party was AMAZING, with coworkers and locals coming out to celebrate her. Sadly, I was feeling a bit under the weather and couldn't enjoy it to the full extent, but I did have a great time nonetheless.

On Sunday, I woke up determined to make up for my two days of excuses and did the run I had planned for Friday. I threw in some body squats every half mile and then did some NTC when I came home. Later that evening, I did yoga + stretching, so I've stuck to the plan for the most part, getting in all of my planned workouts!

This week is going to be insane because all of the students' parents are coming down tomorrow. That means that I will be taking parents out into the field, watching my students give presentations, having parent-teacher meetings, and schmoozing with the parents all weekend! I'm going to need all the motivation I can get to make it through this week and stick with my workouts.

How was your week of workouts? Are you good about sticking to a plan or making up missed workouts?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Year of Healing

Does anyone still read this blog? I know it's been months since I've last posted. I'm still alive...and still doing well :) If you are reading this, thanks for sticking around through my sporadic posting over the last year. 

It's been over a year since I first injured my hamstring. It's been nearly a year since I've been recovered enough to run normally. It's been over a year since I last raced. And it's been over a year since I've run consistently. 

When I first got injured, I was really anxious and itching to get back as soon as possible. I was cross-training and strength training. I was still in really great shape. I was really watching my food intake to make sure that I didn't put on any weight. 

I went to Europe and walked everywhere and didn't eat very much - my pants were nearly falling off when I came home. I ran in August when I was in limbo waiting for my move to the Bahamas. I ran relatively consistently when I first moved to the Bahamas, then I kind of stopped.

Gym shoes on for some serious walking

To be fair, part of the reason I stopped was because I fell in September and (suspected injury) tore some cartilage in my knee. Then, in December, I dropped a cooler full of sharks (most random injury award goes to me?) on my shin and it was so swollen I could barely touch it, let alone walk/run (I suspect I might have fractured it in hindsight). I committed to running the half marathon with the students this semester, then I stayed lazy and injured my foot by jumping on a rock and cutting it 

Similar to the cooler of sharks I dropped on my shin....

If you've read this far, then you've probably realized that I've been full of excuses the last year. Yes, I've had some pretty random injuries/ailments, but mostly, I've had laziness and excuses. To be honest, however, only a tiny part of me feels guilty about the laziness. Somehow, I'm still known as "the girl who runs" to my co-workers and to the locals in my settlement, even if I don't do it 4-5 times a week like I used to. Over the last year, I've learned that it's okay to not monitor every calorie or to not work out twice a day, three times a week. 

I think I'm ready to get back into it, though. I have to admit, it's easier to be in shape in the States because I have access to a gym and I have control over my food. My job provides me food and we have a kitchen that cooks for us. I eat food here I normally wouldn't, but I eat. I haven't gained too much weight (maybe 5ish pounds), but I'm flabby in places I haven't been flabby in in a while. My pants are a teensy bit tighter. I've made a plan to get back into it and I've started with some Nike Training Club workouts. I'm hoping to get back into running consistently this week. 

Old photo from when I first moved here... a "slow for me" long run pace, but at least I was running! 

I've made this declaration a few times over the year. This time feels a bit different, but I also know that I don't owe it to anyone but myself to be healthy and to be happy with my body. So, if I fall off the face of the Earth again or fall off the fitness train, that's okay. The last year has been a year full of learning and full of life and my heart is full. 

What's the longest time you've taken off from consistent running? What's your secret to getting back into the groove of things?