Monday, July 26, 2010

Two weeks today.

Hi guys!

Today marks the two week mark, two weeks since I was told I had a stress fracture and couldn't run for at least two weeks. This morning I was dead set on running this evening, just one mile, starting from scratch. But, after talking with Hughie briefly on the way to work I've decided to take a few more days off, he made the important point of just how much worse I would feel if I hurt myself further and had to take even more time off.

So, we wait just a bit longer.

I have been having a really hard time this past two weeks without running, I knew it was going to be rough but my whole mood has changed, I'm sluggish and a little down without my nightly run to look forward to. Yesterday was the Tely 10 race that I had to drop, the weather was great, record numbers registered and I missed all the fun. Yesterday was a roller coaster of emotion, I felt completely off the entire day, I just couldn't shake it. It's fascinating how much one can truly take for granted something that means so much to them. There were days pre-injury the very last thing I wanted to think about doing was running and now all I think about and want to do is run... humph.

Don't think I've been shut in and sulking for the past two weeks however!

I took another cycling day trip to Bell Island and didn't get rained out! It was a great day riding in the sun!

I bought a bicycle trainer! and a Garmin bike sensor! Now I can bring my cycling inside when the weather turns and hopefully build my endurance.

and the highlight of the past couple weeks, Sea Kayaking!

This past Saturday Hughie and I and 8 of our friends set sail with a tour group in two man kayaks!

Our friend Will captured the excitement!


Cute Starfish!


A map of our journey!
Thousands of Mussels! Not actually from our kayaking trip, but another adventure to Flat Rock recently.
Hughie has a lot of great pictures from the Kayaking trip that I'll share with you when he uploads them and so on. I had such a great time, I was completely comfortable out on the water except for a small incident with a cave which Hughie will never let me forget... I may be slightly claustophobic. hehe!

That's all for now, I have some products that I'm going to review for you asap!

Stay tuned,

Alanna

Monday, July 12, 2010

It could be worse.

Hi Guys!

Well, last time I mentioned that I was having foot troubles and was worried about possibly having a stress fracture. I went to my doctor this morning and after a jumble of different physical tests I got some good and bad news.

The Bad: It is a stress fracture.
The Good: It is a minor stress fracture.

I was told that I can't run, at least for a couple weeks and then I have to build up from a mile or two, at a slow pace. It was hard to hear, especially two weeks before my Tely 10 race and some smaller races that I had wanted to participate in.

I was having a lot of doubts about the race coming up so soon but I still had it in the back of my mind that I was going to get out and do it, now I have no choice but to drop it.

I'm definitely suffering from mild injury depression today but I'm looking on the bright side, this will give me a chance to work on my cycling :)

My doctor said I was really lucky I stopped running when I noticed the pain because it could have been a lot worse! So, lucky me!

At least it was a great weekend.

Saturday my friend Robyn and I spent the afternoon soaking up the sun and the park! Even with sunscreen on I acquired a little sunburn but I'm taking care of it.


Yesterday Hughie and I decided to go on bit of an adventure, to Bell Island. Bell Island is a small Island located off the coast of Conception Bay, about a 20 minute drive and 20 minute Ferry ride away from my house. It was a beautiful day so we loaded up our bikes on Hughie's new car bike rack and off we went.

Without a car (and just our bikes) it was only $1.75 for each of us to go to and from the Island on the Ferry, what a cheap adventure!

We boarded the Beaumont Hamel Ferry and set sail!

I hadn't been on a large boat in quite some time, it was exciting! Our bikes enjoyed the ride too.


One end of the Island in the distance!


The bad news is when we got over there our beautiful day turned to pouring rain. We ran from the Ferry to the local Fish and Chips place and ordered some dinner and waited to dry off. Needless to say we didn't get any cycling in, unless you count to and from the Ferry and restaurant.

Defeated by the rain.
Hughie snapped these photos.

Even with the rain and not getting to cycle it was still a lot of fun! I love little adventures!

So, here is to future adventures and coming back a stronger, better and injury free runner!

Take care,

Alanna

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Training Pause.

Things have been really busy!

I started a new job position this week and my days have been flying by. My training has been next to non-existent (which I feel terrible about) and I'm having strange pains and numbness in my big toe on my right foot, of course I'm fearing the worst... the dreaded stress fracture. I'll be seeing my doctor on Monday, hopefully I get the green light to keep on running, until then I'll be cross-training.

So, I hate to be a bore but I don't have much to update you on.

When all else fails, bake cookies!


I'll be back in action soon, promise!

Take Care,

Alanna