Thursday, November 17, 2016

And That's a Wrap - My 2016 Racing Season is Over & Done!

Even though I really wanted to cap off the fall season with a few faster races, it just wasn't in the cards this year. My season came to a forced halt at the end of September when I suffered an abductor muscle injury.

Like many runners tend to be with injuries, I was in denial for awhile and would try to struggle bus through my miles. But I started feeling the pain earlier and earlier during runs til I couldn't make it more than a few steps without mega pain shooting across my right leg. It was time to see the PT.

Three weeks of PT at the amazing Body Mechanics helped my leg tremendously. Once again, dry needling was key to my recovery. Although it was pretty unpleasant having needles stuck into my inner thigh, it was worth it to feel so much better. After just a few appointments, I was able to start running every other day with my miles capped at 3-4 miles per run. 

I'm still working on rebuilding. There have been a few minor setbacks along the way - knee issues and, most recently, a mild ankle sprain - all the same same problem leg. I guess that side of me is falling apart! But sometimes you have to hit rock bottom before you can get back up and that's where I'm at right now. As of now, I'm up to running 5 days a week, 25ish mpw. It's low mileage for me but I'm being super cautious as I get back into things since the last thing I want to do is re-injure anything or injure something new!

So the training plan this week looks like this:

Monday: 4 mile run + Y-Fuse + Y-Core + Y-Blitz
Tuesday: 6 mile run w/pickups
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: 5 mile run + Core Work
Friday: 4 mile run + Y-Core
Saturday: 6 mile run + Core Work
Sunday: Rest Day

So ... nutrition. Instead of my usual listing of a sample day of eating, I thought I'd talk a bit about a meal delivery service I've been loving lately. My friend Maggie recently started her own business called The Real Good Life (if you live in the Milwaukee area, give it a try!) and I've placed an order pretty much every week, which means every Wednesday afternoon I get a delivery of delicious meals. One thing I really like about The Real Good Life is Maggie makes an effort to keep the meals healthy and often incorporates local and organic products into her recipes. For example, the apples that are included as a side with the lunch items are handpicked from the apple tree in her backyard. It really doesn't get much more local than that!

A few of my favorites include Beef Fajitas, Eggplant Parmagiana, BBQ Pork w/Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Veggie Chili Con Carne, Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad, Apple & Cranberry Pork Loin, BBQ Chicken Salad, Vegan African Peanut Stew, Butternut Squash Lasagna ... I'm making myself hungry as I write this list!

Beef Fajitas with Mexican Street Corn Salad

Eggplant Parmagiana

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Let's finish things off today by switching gears over to style for a bit. My friend Alysha and I went to a Divine Consign event earlier this week and both found several cute items. Divine Consign is a giant consignment event that is is held two times per year in three locations around Milwaukee. Last spring was the first time I attended one and was instantly hooked. Although I normally have zero patience for looking through racks of clothing, I look at these sales as treasure hunts, which makes it fun! A few of my finds from this week's sale:

Stella McCartney for Adidas Jacket + Kate Spade Wallet

 Coach Leather Loafers

 Kate Spade Bracelet

My questions for you:
  • Have you ever had an abductor injury? If so, how did you get back into the swing of things? 
  • Have you ever tried a meal delivery service? If so, what was your experience? If not, why/why wouldn't you like to try one?
  • Consignment shopping - love it or hate it? Also, what's your most exciting shopping find recently? 

Take care!

- ST


  1. Injuries are the worst! Sorry you have been sidelined - I know it's super frustrating. But it sounds like things are getting better!

    I did try a meal delivery service once but Mike and I eat so much that we found the portions weren't large enough for us!!! haha.

    1. I think it's most important to be patient right now, which is the hardest thing. I'm not patient and just want to jump back into things! :)

      I know what you mean about portions. I figure this is like being on a bit of a forced diet. I usually make a large veggie salad to go with the main entree to help fill up!

  2. 1. No hip abductor injury, but I've had my fair share of other injuries. The key for me is physical therapy, ART, strengthening and activating my glutes before a run (I do this everytime before I run). And then also giving myself permission to NOT run according to my plan if I'm feeling something. One or two missed runs won't decrease my fitness.
    2. I love cooking, so I don't think I would try a service.
    3. I hate shopping. All types. LOL.

    1. I should start being better about activating my glutes and other muscles before running. I usually just walk a block and then take off.

      I love cooking, too, but sometimes it's nice to get a break from it. I still try to make stuff on the weekends when I have more time :)

  3. Oh your meals are making me hungry!!!!
    I hate shopping unless i am looking for something specific but I wouldn't mind going to the Divine Consign!

    1. Sometimes I find it hardest when I'm looking for something specific. Like jeans or a swimsuit. I think those are the worst to shop for!

  4. Hope your recovery goes well. I guess this means I won't see you at any of the winter series runs. Here's looking to a productive and healthy 2017!

    1. I haven't ruled out the Winter Series races in the New Year :) Hopefully I can at least make it to Luck of the Irish!

    2. They had to move the Elf run to the Luck of the Irish course this last weekend! Oh those wonderful hills on that course! :)

    3. I noticed that the course for the Elf Run was different this year. Those hills - I love them and hate them :)

  5. I've not had an abductor injury, but I've had my fair share of other things even if they weren't from running.
    Hang on girl, you'll get passed it! I can say that with full truth because I know what perseverance does!
    I notice whenever I am working past one injury other things come up because the body starts compensating for what one area can't do. Just listen to your body and all the aches and little things like knee's will heal up and you'll be back at it for a strong 2017 race year!!!!

    1. Thanks Kristy! I think that's exactly what's happened this year - I started out with the back injury in Jan and things just spiraled from there. It seems the best thing to do at this point is just take it really back to basics and build from there :)