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Well, Time To Talk Injury

Well, Time To Talk Injury


Sunday Workout:

Home elliptical for 55 minutes


Not the workout I had planned for yesterday, but I got a sweat in. Totally random, but our elliptical is a cheapo one we got a long time ago on sale from Sears and it is a killer. Probably because it runs on batteries and is pretty much all man power. I was hurting (and working out in a pajama shirt).


Oh, total side note, but my favorite Halo Headband is having a special on free shipping until April 15th. Give them a little “like” on their Facebook page here: Halo Headband Facebook Page and you get entered into a drawing to win a Halo Headband of your choice (they’re choosing 5 winners from their Facebook fans).

Then use code FBSHIP for FREE shipping on any orders.

Gotta love my local Halo friends. They just started a twitter account too, so feel free to follow them there as well (@haloheadband).


At least I got to sweat in my Mizuno Nirvana shoes last night too. They made me happy even though I’d rather be really running in them.



Before we talk injury (I’m trying to put it off as long as possible), I experimented with that Trader Joe’s psyllium husk last night and added a little to my white chocolate protein cookie dough I had for dessert.


I need to do a little more research on all the benefits, but it just might become another thing I add to my daily diet (like apple cider vinegar and chia).



So, it’s a little rainy and gloomy out this morning.


I’ve done my crying. I’ve gained my 5 pounds feeling sorry for myself and eating foods I shouldn’t. I’ve faced the facts. It’s time to do this. It’s time to move forward.

With a little help from my almond coconut mocha of course.



Now, I know there are a lot of people with bigger problems. This is so small compared to what a lot of others have experienced or are going through. I know that. But, it’s still just a little tough when life throws you a curve ball.


I won’t bore you with it all, but here are the details.

I went to the doctor Friday for my MRI results. Here they are.


And here are the few notes I managed to scribble down while I was at the appointment.


It was all a blur. I didn’t even spell edematous correctly.


Edema is a condition of abnormally large fluid volume in the circulatory system or in tissues between the body’s cells (interstitial spaces).

My injuries are most likely caused by overuse. Shocker.

They also may take up to 10 months or so to fully heal. Awesome.


Hamstring tears. Pretty lame.

Edema. Also pretty lame.



No stress fracture. Good news.

No osteitus pubis. Great news.


Hip dysplasia. Hmmmmm…… Definitely not something long distance runners want.

The doctor did mention to me that having hip dysplasia may mean I’m not meant to be a long distance runner. I’m trying to block that out. I had Legg-Calve-Perthes disease as a child and I’m sure that this is all related somehow. Honestly my body and body mechanics are a bit of a mess. I know that.

I used to have severe back and sciatic problems. I was told in college that I would never be able to run. I was also told that I wouldn’t be able to walk when I was pregnant because of back problems.

I showed them. I became a runner and I worked out until I was 38 weeks pregnant with twins.

I’m a rebel.


So, I’m planning on showing this injury who’s boss yet again. I’m very stubborn and if someone tells me I can’t do something I’m determined to prove them wrong.

This is only going to make me stronger. Right?


My doctor said to just take things easy. Short slow runs that don’t seem to bother it might be okay. No high impact plyometric moves that might stretch or pull things more. Cross training, etc.

I’m not sure if I’m ready to run on it. It hurts when I do, so I may take one more week off of running. (I haven’t run since last Sunday.) I’m just going to listen to my body the best that I can.


Sure, my big dream for this year is out.


Ugh. That’s a hard pill to swallow. I may or may not have been bawling my head off while on the phone cancelling our flights. And we may still be out about $500 for a race that I’m not even able to run.

But, there’s always next year. And I sure hope it’s in the plan to really bring it next year. I’ll appreciate in even more then, right?

And a little ironic that the same day I had to cancel our travel plans I got this shirt in the mail for the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge.


My Runner’s World magazine came that day too.


Someone really has a sense of humor.


But, as in my notes from my doctor visit, it’s very optimistic that I’ll be okay for the Big Sur Marathon.

Well, dang it, I’m going to be very optimistic. I have three weeks until then. Even if it’s the slowest marathon I run and I take it super easy and slow, I’m going to get there.

Which reminds me, registration just opened for the Big Sur Half Marathon in November. That race is on my bucket list too, and if all goes well I’ll be there in November. You can register here.


I know I’m a runner. This is all just part of the course.

Mizuno and I are going to have one heck of a comeback story. And while I’m not exactly getting the workouts I’d like in them right now, my favorite shoes are my inspiration to keep on trucking and beat this thing.

I can’t wait for the day I can get back in my Mizuno Inspire 9 shoes for a long run.


And put my Mizuno Wave Elixir 8s on for a race.


And eventually be able to race faster and try to race with my Wave Musha 5 shoes.


Oh man.


I’ve got a long road back, but I WILL get there.


It’s a good thing I have some super heroes around to help me.


Love these guys.


Well, that’s it for now. I’m taking it really easy this week. I even found some subs for my classes tonight. That is so not like me.

I’m learning. I’m learning to rest, to listen, to be patient.



I’m looking into PT and prolotherapy. Thoughts? Experiences?

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  1. 1
    Nicole says:

    Sending you a hug….. You are just like your shoes: INSPIRING!

    • 1.1
      christy says:

      have you considered acupuncture? for the edema
      and low light laser therapy? for the tear

      look into them both they can help you back out on the asphalt sooner rather than later!

      you are quite an inspiration.

  2. 2
    Dena says:

    First and foremost – HUGS. It’s amazing to see how far you’ve come in your acceptance “process” in the last 2 weeks. Well done. You are a runner, you are a warrior, you are a mother. You’ll get back. Patience. You can’t rush time (that sucks!) and, as Alanis Morissette croons “The Only Way Out is Through”, meaning you can’t cheat it…the healing process, that is. Do the work and you’ll be through it and back pursuing your running dreams before you know it.

    Right before I caved in and started PT for my year-long running injury 6 weeks ago, I started coming to your Y50X class thinking that if I crossed-trained, I could fix myself with overall strength. It was then that I hit my low and realized that I can’t fix myself, I was hurting myself more and that I need help. 5 weeks into PT at Longevity in Encinitas and I’m doing MUCH better. Initially, I felt weak going to PT and doing their slower versions of everything I used to do in a boot camp class. But, the results are proving to me that showing humility and (perceived) “weakness” really works. So does stretching. OMG, stretching is saving my body. Give PT a chance; I’m a huge believer now. Before long, I’ll be back to your class (and so will you) and we’ll both be feeling more fab than ever. Hugs (again).

  3. 3
    Angela W says:

    my heart breaks for you 🙁 i totally know what you are experiencing cuz i’m going through it right now! in february, i pulled the ligament in my left leg that goes from the arch of my foot all the way to my knee. painful!!! i had to back out of my very first marathon that i’m suppose to be running next weekend 🙁 i too have pitched my fit, cried like a baby and gained some weight. bleh! but thankfully i am sloooowly returning to running. i will never again take for granted the gift of running without pain. i’ve learned that injuries get your mind straight and your heart refocused…it just takes a little while to get there 😉 good luck with your healing. i KNOW that our comeback stories are going to rock this world…ok maybe just our own world heeheee 😉

  4. 4

    I’m so sorry for your disappointing news…that just stinks. If anyone can make a comeback, it’s you. I’m rooting for you!!

  5. 5
    Samantha says:

    Oh, thanks for your update. My heart cried a bit for you too because these races mean a lot in your life and physically injury can be so emotionally devastating. I love your focus on the Big Sur marathon. Can you have someone else make those calls for you to cancel your travel plans? I mean this in all seriousness. It just might be easier.

    I hope you get some good PT and feel free to share what you learn for all your active, over-using readers. 🙂 And yes, there are “larger” problems in the world, but dang it, this is a biggie for what makes you, you. It is truly OK to be sad about this.

    All being said, I also know you will come back so strong. You are one tough girl and I greatly admire you. Have a great day. Glad you got a class sub. Sam

  6. 6
    Sara Grambusch says:

    I’m so sorry 🙁 Yes it could have been worse but that doesn’t mean it hurts any less. Maybe this will turn out to be a blessing in disguise giving you more time, forcing you to slow down and try new things, maybe just exercise less in general, and then when your body is ready you’ll be back stronger than ever. No matter what you will be OK! 🙂

  7. 7

    Last summer I spent 4 months seeing a chiropractor for physical rehabilitation for a crap tonne of injuries that I never treated properly in the past. This sounds super cheesy but my time with him literally changed my life. It changed the way I workout and train, the way I treat my body, and the way I think about pain and recovery. I hope you can find a medical professional that will giv eyou as much as I got. Sending you HUGS!!!

  8. 8

    I know it’s such a tough pill to swallow, but you’ll come back stronger and faster than before!! Let your body rest, and buy yourself some squash 🙂 Hugs!!!

  9. 9

    I’m so sorry that you have to deal with this injury! I too dealt with some set backs in the last 6 months (stress fracture in the fall, and then unrelated tendonitis in February), each that sidelined me for a while.I’m not getting back into the swing of things and it’s hard to know when you’re over doing it, or not. I applaud you for taking the “comeback story!” mantra. I know how tough it is to be optimistic. And you’re totally allowed to cry. I would be a mess if I had to miss Boston because of an injury. Stay strong lady, and keep being an inspiration for us runners 🙂

  10. 10
    Jeffrey says:

    Good luck with everything, your right that you must listen to the body. You are a great runner, but like myself don’t know when to back it off or take a break. My body tells me to stop or slow down yet my mind tells me to push it. The mind normally trumps the body until the body begins to crumble. Aging sucks! I’ve only been at this for about 3 years and have been able to do things I could have never imagined, changed my body for the better, learned to eat healthier and have set a great example for my wife and kids. My wife will be running her first marathon in about a month (I will be running alongside) and my 6 and 9 year old boys have done their share of 5K races. The 9 year old has his first 5 miler this Friday. To tell you the truth, I don’t want it to end, EVER! The only way I believe I can accomplish that is to dial it down a notch. Speed work, though really fun, has been beating my body down. I finally get over an ache or pain and it moves to somewhere else. If I have picked up your running personality correctly from your blog posts, from one Type A to another, take care!

  11. 11

    Ugh. I’m so sorry. None of that news is fantastic, but at least it’s not as bad as could have been. It sounds like you have a great professional team that you’re working with, so it will all come down to allowing your body to heal. And it will!! Hang in there! 🙂

  12. 12
    Corrina says:

    Such a huge bummer! But…you want to be a runner for a long time to come, so better to take care of yourself now and miss a race or two, so that you can run more in the future. I think I developed piriformis syndrome from training too hard too fast (for my body) and I still haven’t been able to fully resolve it. SO annoying. HAng in there and have fun with your boys!

  13. 13

    Ahh girlfriend, I am so sorry. I have always said our problems are all relative so you have every right to go through sad, angry, whatnot about it because this was a big thing for you. I have an amazing PT who always seems to get me going faster than possible because he includes acupuncture and he’s realistic about the fact that I won’t go from 100 to 0…so we can find a middle ground.

    I hope your superheros help you find the right doc 🙂

  14. 14
    Chels R. says:

    Hang in there chica! I know it’s hard to be sidelined with injury but you are being smart with the cross training. Recovery and healing are of utmost importance right now. Take care of yourself and enjoy your beautiful family and the support of your friends who care about you. Being injured really puts things in perspective, I know it did for me.

  15. 15

    Oh Boston… I am SO sorry, friend. But Boston will happen every year… at least it’s not worse… but I know it doesn’t make things easier right now. 🙁 You’ll overcome this one too!!!

  16. 16
    Erica says:

    Sorry about your injury. It sounds similar to mine, which I am sorry to say, still hasn’t completely healed after 4 years. Lucky for me most of my activities don’t bother it so much as sitting does (tendonitis of the hamstring at origin and edema of pelvic bone at attachment site). Two years of physio did nothing. Two cortisone shots also did nothing. I now manage it (and keep it 80% better than before) by using a foam roller after every workout and whenever my muscles feel tight. Really, it has made a HUGE difference. Good luck!

    • 16.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Erica- where do you use the foam roller? On your hamstrings? It’s kind of an awkward place to try to roll. He he.

      • Erica says:

        I use the roller for hamstrings, calves, quads, IT bands, front of shins…pretty much my whole lower body. What I’ve found is that the pain flares up when I let any area get too tight. Remember it’s all connected! Also, I would recommend NOT doing more than 1 exercise session per day. Giving yourself at least 24 hours between workouts – I find – is essential if you like to work out everyday.

  17. 17

    I am so sorry for what you’re going through. But thank goodness it’s not worse right? And it’s ok to cry and let it all out. Be down right angry. You always have such a positive outlook. You’ll definitely come back from this injury so much stronger. Hugs!

  18. 18
    meredith says:

    I am so so sorry – it sucks. Plain sucks.But you are right, people go through worse and that is always good to remind yourself when feeling down. But, let’s be selfish for a minute and say – it plain old sucks! You will bounce back, absolutely. I have faith in you. Those boys will keep you on your toes and you will be all better before you know it. At least you can cross train – imagine if you couldn’t? And since I am a New Yorker, I really must say – who wants to be in Bean Town anyway? lol. Ok, so not funny, so terrible you had to cancel but yes, there is always next year for sure! Go buy yourself a squash. You deserve it

  19. 19
    Coco says:

    I’m so sorry your dealing with this kind of injury. And hey.. sometimes you just need to cry it out! On the plus side- you WILL make a comeback and will be all the better for it!

  20. 20
    Anna says:

    I am tearing up reading your post. When I first started getting into fitness, you were one of the first blogs I stumbled upon and have loved it ever since. You have inspired me beyond words. You are funny, interesting and you are a great mom. I am so sorry that you are hurting but I know that you will bounce back and be great.
    Because of you, I started running and taking care of my health, watching what I ate. I just ran a 5K a few weeks ago and placed third. Me, the girl who never went out for sports growing up and hated the thought of running! It may be a cold comfort now but I hope you realize the impact on people’s lives that you’ve had. Don’t get too down on yourself. You will get better but you have made an impact on myself and I am sure on many others.

  21. 21
    Kathy says:

    Wow…that is a lot to take in as I am sure it was a lot to hear. HUGS for ya. Like you said and I believe it you will come back next year and kick Boston in the Butt!! For now, get better!!

    (You still sweat way more than me on that elliptical and you are doing it with some injuries…you still rock!)

  22. 22
    Kim says:

    Huge bummer!! Sorry that you aren’t going to be running for a bit but glad that with some rest and TLC you will be back at it soon!! Glad that you can still do other cardio without making anything worse!! Hang in there!!

  23. 23
    Heather says:

    So sorry to hear about your injury! I had a meniscus tear in my knee last spring and w/ an infant, it wasn’t the best time for surgery (also not the best time for momma not to be able to run…) I had one round of stem cell prolotherapy and was back running within 3 weeks. I was back up to my pre-injury mileage within just a few weeks of that. A year later, knee is still all good. Feel free to email me if you want to know more – I swear by it. It saved me!

  24. 24
    Laura says:

    I’m sorry for the bad news, I know there is nothing anyone can say to make you feel more comfortable with it. I can say I have been in your shoes. A year ago I was in a bad accident and got “lucky” I only broke my foot (Yes it could have been worse, but for a runner…broken foot is never good). The doctors told me it would be 6-8 months before I TRIED running. I played it smart, did what I was supposed to and worked very hard and didn’t give up… 7 months after the accident I ran marathon #4 and a BQ time. Talk about proving the doctors wrong. I have no doubt you will come back strong. you are a great runner. 2014 Boston will be great, you’ll get there knowing you earned it and are ready for it. A year later than planned, but you’ll get there!

  25. 25
    Emz says:

    You’re awesome lady.
    So impressed with you each & every day.
    You’ll come back twice as strong.

  26. 26

    I feel your pain!!! Literally. I haven’t been able to run for the past month because of severe anterior tibialis tendonitis in my right leg. No crossfit, no running, not even the bike or elliptical. It totally sucks! The best advice I have is to stay positive. Don’t let it get you down! See it as an opportunity to do something else you love. Like, use the time you would normally run to do something else you enjoy. I’ve been catching up on all sorts of reading and of course, baking. I’ve also really enjoyed the downtime with my children. I know it’s tough. I had IT band syndrome (overuse) last fall and did 8 weeks of PT that really helped. So I would definitely recommend that. In the meantime, just remember how many people you inspire each and every day! Hang in there!

    • 26.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Awww……. Carol you are too nice. So sorry you’re not able to run right now. Yes, down time is good and I’m hoping to use it to do all the things that I never have time to do.

  27. 27
    Yaara Leve says:

    I’m so sorry Kristin!! But the good news is no stress fracture!! Your body will heal and I’m sure you’ll get back to running!! It just takes time. I’m still trying to get over my injury too–major stress fracture on my ankle. Stay strong.

  28. 28
    Kim Perry says:

    Kristin!! I can’t believe a doctor would actually tell you you’re not meant to run! That doesn’t even make sense! I can’t wait for you to show them wrong!!
    I am sad that I will miss you in Boston…I might have to make a trip to the Big Sur Half in November instead 😉
    Keep your head up girl! You inspire us all everyday! Take this time to relax and think of fun new crazy squash recipes 😉

  29. 29
    skinnyrunner says:

    if anyone can recover smartly from this, its you. give yourself time and you WILL get back to where you were!

  30. 30
    Breanna says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your injury. I was injured over the summer and had to use the elliptical for 6 weeks while I was training for my favorite race of the year. It’s so HARD to be injured and not push it and not feel sorry for yourself. It’s just HARD. I am 27 weeks pregnant and was running the whole time, until unfortunately I went to the hospital last week with preterm contractions and now I’m on bed rest for the next 9 weeks. So I would give anything to get on the elliptical machine or even go for a walk. Rehab your leg the right way and then feel blessed when you get back out on the road and you are able to run again injury-free.

  31. 31
    Elizabeth says:

    Go to PT!!!!

  32. 32

    You know I’m here if you ever need to talk. And you’re right that it could have been a lot worse. Focus on what you know and what you can do. And you could always do the 10 miler option at Big Sur with me. I’m sure I’m super slow steady pace for you. 🙂

  33. 33
    heidi says:

    I totally feel for you!! At the end of 2011 i suffered a terrible stress fracture of my femoral neck and was diagnosed with Female Athlete Triad Syndrome. What a wake up call. I was training for Bay to Breakers and several other 10ks. was so disappointed that i wasnt able to run them. i cried like a baby. i was also turning 50 so that added insult to injury as well. i thought i’m old and broken and will never run again. It took several months but i was back up to 3 miles and decided to run a half marathon. I did the Hollywood half this weekend in 2:20 which for my age and first time i was happy with. i plan on doing Americas Finest in August and Long Beach in Oct and some other 10ks sprinkled in between.

    PT helped me determine exactly what happened and how to deal with it. I also worked with a nutritionist and running coach. I would go back to to PT in a second if i need to. You’ll recover quickly and back to where you want to be in no time!!

    Sometimes I feel like these injuries force us to stop, slow down and reflect on whats going on in our lives. Not always a bad thing. I now appreciate every pain free run i have.

  34. 34
    Brooke says:

    Hang in there!! You can do it. You will recover and be better than ever.

  35. 35
    CoMo says:

    Hang in there lady! I am sending hugs and postitive energy your way!

  36. 36
    Stephanie says:

    AGH!! That is a huge bummer!! When i found out (after 6 weeks of pain) that i had a stress fracture in Feb, I cried about not being able to run Boston TOO. Cancelling the trip was a huge disappointment. Thing is, i thought I was healed a few weeks ago, and pang- its irritating me again. I have decided to for-go running again so that the pain doesnt escalate to not being able to walk again. Cross training and the eliptical it is.

    Sheesh- this sucks. We should plan a trip to just EAT 🙂 Hang in there!

  37. 37

    Nope, no one will be able to tell you to stop. I’m exactly the same way. You do, however need to take it easy. I’m glad the prognosis is not horrible. It’s not great, but it could be so much worse, right? Keep your chin up and keep your thoughts positive! I already emailed you, so you know all my thoughts on crap keeping you down. Love you lady!

    Oh and those Inspire 9s are beautiful! They will be ready for you when you’re ready! xoxo

  38. 38
    Kristen says:

    I’m so sorry :(. Injuries really suck. I have definitely been there. I’m really sorry you’re dealing with this stuff. I hope you can find a solution. PT is a great idea. How about a chiropractor that specializes in sports injuries? Or even some alternative therapies like acupuncture may help. Hope you’re on the mend soon!

  39. 39
    Louise says:

    Wonder woman – that’s you. Look in the mirror and say it! Over and over. I also had edema in my tissues as a result of my MRI, but also no bone fracture – bonus. I’m still not back running how I’d like, but find that powerwalking up hills interspersed with little bouts of running gets me fired up enough. I’m even avoiding the gym as I think other people will ‘know’ I’m not running – duh! As if they care! I know the thought patterns, that your life is over, that you will have lost your identity. But you know what, even though you can’t see it now, you’ll realise that the universe is testing you. Or God, or whoever/whatever you want to call it. I think all things happen for reasons, those unknown to us right now, will make themselves known when we come through the other side. AND YOU WILL. I tell myself this every day “Change is the only constant” – your body is changing every.single.day. and you have power over that. Listen to it and be gentle with it. You only have one vessel to carry you through this rare beautiful life on earth. I know i get over the top, but I feel what you are going through soooo much!! Sending strength your way to keep your chin up and fight off the bad thoughts! Thoughts become things! Much love, hugs and healing from New Zealand 🙂

  40. 40
    Louise says:

    PS you have some hot shoes and some darling super heroes is right! I don’t have those. 🙁

  41. 41

    I’m so sorry to hear the diagnosis, I know this is a killer and being told you CAN’T is heartbreaking. But you CAN come back from this even stronger than ever, I am SURE of if. I’ve had injuries/illness/whatever keep me out of more races than I want to admit (hint: read tomorrow’s post), but I have always learned something from it (after a lot of tears and frustration, of course). If you ever need to vent – I’m here!

  42. 42

    I would be devastated not being able to run the Boston! I’m so sorry 🙁 Take some time to heal and go get them next year! I also am very stubborn so I know how you feel about the injuries. I had to have surgery on my calf a few summers ago and not being able to run was rough.

  43. 43
    Megan D says:

    Even though we, as runners, all know injuries happen and that we should listen to our bodies, it is MUCH easier said than done. I have been there. It sucks. I backed out of a marathon because of an injury and the day of the race I totally just sat at home and cried/was depressed. Bleh.

    And I here ya on being stubborn. I was told I would never be a distance runner either (after my first injury) and I wanted to prove him wrong. I have done several long distance races since. Once a dr told me it would not be smart to run on an injury for a half marathon that was days away and I did it anyway and PR’d. Then trained for and completed a marathon a few months later pain free. My current running pain sounds very similar to yours. I wish I could talk to you and ask you a bazillion questions about it. After reading your posts I have decided to skip running for a bit and see what happens. I am off to google your injury to learn more about it and see if that is what I have. I hate going to the stinkin dr. lol.

    You will get over this and come back stronger as a result! And I don’t see those 5lbs! Pffft Just show the scale your guns and it will go back down 5lbs 😉 Your body is amazeballs.

  44. 44
    Liz says:

    My dear Kristin! I’m so bummed about Boston but know you will be there next year leaving them all in the dust! Thinking of you and sending you hugs! 🙂

  45. 45
    Alex says:

    GOOD FOR YOU!!! Learning to listen to your body is such a hard thing to do! I give major props to you 🙂
    5 lbs? WHAT?!? Psshh. I think you look GORGEOUS and very much in shape!
    Stay strong and you’ll be back to running before you know it (I know, easier said than done, right? ;))

  46. 46
    Lisa says:

    Hang in there my friend! You’re totally right that things could be much worse, although it obviously still sucks to have things like this happen. You’re doing great by resting from the running and cross training instead. Instead, focus on all the things you can do right now! Which is still a lot. And you prove those Doctors wrong! Sending you hugs!

  47. 47
    Holly says:

    Ditto what they all said…hang in there, listen to what the experts are telling you as far as rest, stretching, healing goes…give yourself some obviously much needed TLC!

  48. 48

    Hugs! I’m so sorry to hear this. The injury is going to make you so much stronger, mentally of course. I know it’s not what you want to hear, but try and hang in there.

  49. 49

    So sorry to hear your injury news 🙁 I’m working on healing adducter tendonitis and I’ve been taking some natural/herbal inflammation support supplements in hopes of speeding up the process. You have such a great diet that I’m sure you’re going to heal quickly anyway. I’ve been inspired by your roasted veggies and have been roasting like crazy 🙂 So glad you’re still able to cross train… you are one tough mama!

  50. 50

    Sorry to hear your injury is more extensive than you thought. But you are right, it’s going to be one heck of a comeback story. And I can’t wait to hear all about it!

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    Jennifer mykytiuk says:

    I am crying with you! I am so sorry! Questions: did your dr give you a NSAID? I am currently taking one and it is helping a lot. Also what about physical therapy? I started last week and hopeful… And.. A local chiropractor uses something called cold lazer therapy to treat tendinitis. I wonder if something like that would help you. Anyway I am so glad you may still be able to run Big sur! Maybe I could keep up with your “slow pace”! I’ve got some race decision looming in my future too that may not be so great due to my tendinitis and lack of training… Praying you recover soon! Keep being the awesome woman you are!

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    Christina says:

    First and foremost – YOU ARE A RUNNER. And you are a fast runner. I think the best way to view this situation is that all this means is that an adjustment needs to be made as to “when” you train and “when” you recover. I think you just reached your own personal body’s limit with this method and now focusing on going beyond the limit with a new approach is where you are. It is part of growing as a runner! You will come out of this just fine, with new ways of doing things, and a newfound appreciation of your body 🙂 It does stink about canceling Boston – but there is always another Boston 🙂 Rest up and treat yourself a bit – you’ve been doing well and training hard and you deserve your own pampering!

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    Bethp262 says:

    So sorry that you have to miss Boston and your other races. 🙁
    I am sure you would benefit from PT and/or chiropractic treatment. You most likely have major alignment issues due to your history of LCP, and likely a leg length discrepancy too. (FYI: I am a PT, so I’m not just pulling this out of the air–haha!). Anyway I am sending you prayers and good vibes for your road to recovery!
    Hang in there girl! 🙂

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    just take care of that body now so that it’ll take care of you later…hugs to you girl…

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    Courtney says:

    you are doing awesome. amazing. you are learning so much!!

    i’m nowhere NEAR the runner that you are. but i do run 25-30 miles a week and do other stuff (bodypump, kickboxing, crossfit, swim 2 miles once a week). i have 6 kids and i joke that exercise is my therapy – it’s either that or a psychologist! i LOVE to exercise.

    twice in the last 4 years, i’ve been injured. both times (once a hip injury from overtraining, the other a fluke broken foot that had nothing to do wtih exercise) i was told to take 6 weeks off running. both times i thought i would DIE (and gain 100 pounds). but neither happened. i did what the dr said, and IT WORKED! i healed completely both times and was able to go right back to running. i also ended up growing and learning lessons just like you are – lessons on trusting God instead of myself.

    hang in there!!!

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    Such a bummer to hear about your injury! But optimism, hard work and generally being kick ass! Will get you back to where you want to be soon!

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    Kerri says:

    Well, that sucks. It just does. But you have it all in perspective. And you know what? These injuries will heal. And maybe these happened just in time to save you from a stress fracture, you never know. So rest and be patient. Hang in there!

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    Bonnie says:

    I am so sorry to hear about this injury…what a bummer! I was sure hoping it wasn’t a stress fracture – at least that’s good news! Praying that God uses this is in an unexpected way in your life…and for your sanity without as much running. 😉 Love those little ones and maybe it means more time with Stuft Daddy too! Rest in God’s control – even over things like this! – and know that you still inspire and encourage me to push hard and keep moving! 😀

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    So sorry about the injury and Boston. 🙁 sending hugs your way.

    In my opinion being stubborn is a good thing. Keep setting those goals and you’ll get there.

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    I am sooooooo sorry to hear this! Injuries suck but truly do make you stronger in the end! I will definitely miss you in Boston…You are such an inspiration and will so this injury who is boss FOR SURE! Sending healing vibes your way

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    Tess says:

    My prayers are for patience and healing! You will run again stronger and better than before….I believe in you and your determination!

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    Marilyn says:

    Oh gosh, of course there’s nothing to say really, but I’m genuinely thinking of you and hoping for your speedy recovery.

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    Jessica Jones says:

    Kristin your one tough cookie! I know it’s hard to be patient in things that you love so much but I’m learning that for some reason God does things to us that we have no idea why! But he has a plan for you:) who knows you might become a stronger and smarter runner after your recovery time! I would definitely go to a PT if I was you I’m planning in going to one myself!

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    Mari says:

    I agree with everyone and just let yourself heal. Prolo and other stuff seem like a quick fix and some people like the results but I had overuse injuries and staying off of what caused the injury is what ultimately helped. There is no quick fix BUT our bodies are really well-adapted machines and they do heal. On their own! We are built like that. PT can be fun but I got nothing from it. Do what makes U feel better. Massage and acupuncture are nice:) and help you calm while you heal.

    You’ll run again. And like I said, I am a moderate runner now and the gratitude I have from being able to run at all makes it totally enough!

    Keep us posted as you go along. Sounds like a lot of people can relate which only means this road has already been plowed for you:)

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    Hannah Park says:

    Thank you for sharing, Stuftmama. Sending prayers your way for a speedy recovery-physically and also to mend a broken heart. You are a total inspiration. I was told I could never run either. I have a hip imbalance and other biomechanical issues that keep me from distance running. I’m at the half level and am prayerfully training for full in October. Not sure where it’ll go but just have to trust God it’ll work out.

    I have no doubt you will come back stronger and kill it. Thanks again for sharing and God bless.

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    Stay positive; listen to your doctor; listen to your body; nourish it; be strong and you WILL come back stronger and better, because you gave your body time to heal. 🙂 We’re all here to support you. Cannot believe it is gloomy in CA…it’s almost 80 degrees in NJ. Shorts and t-shirts…don’t mind if I do. WAHOO! XOOX

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    Like others, I LOVE how you are meeting this injury head-on and not letting it defeat you. Hopefully, your docs are on the same page as you and ready to help you get back to your passions! You are a strong, beautiful person and I can’t wait to see you rebound from this! In the meantime, those superheroes will see their mama’s cape in action!

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    I want to comment on all your great links & recipes too BUT also HUGE HUGS!!! As one that has exercised for over 30 years, I get this & it is a painful thing to happen BUT it is not a break or fracture….. SO sorry. I guess just listen to the bod, be careful, learn from it & you will be back strong again! HUGS!!!!!!

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    You should try to find an Alter G treadmill near you. It will save your sanity. You can run on the treadmill at a lower body weight, it’s anti gravity or something. I ran on one a few times in January when I was nursing an injury. http://www.alterg.com/

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    Stephanie says:

    That stinks. Hang in there. Why do diehards always get hurt! It’s just stinks!

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    Jacqueline says:

    Girl, you are incredibly inspiring!! I adore your positive attitude dealing with the injury punks. I highly recommend a physical therapist. I pretty much had to beg for a referral to one but he was the only person who helped me. It was a long road but crossing that finish line on Sunday made me appreciate running & all of the self induced torture worth it! ;).
    You will recover and you will get there! I’m cheering for you, friend.

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    wow. i’m out for injury right now (stress fracture) so i can relate! gives you some perspective though, huh?

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    I would definitely look into PT. PT’s are so knowledgeable about how to come back from injuries safely. I’ve used them before (my aunt is also a PT) to help with hip and knee injuries. One of the great things is they teach you the exercises that you can continue to use to keep the area strong. My sister also had a hugely torn hamstring and the PT helped her back into running.

    Once this darn ankle can move, I’m going to PT. And don’t worry about crying. I can’t stop either.

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    Tears always help me a little – releasing some of that frustration. But man, what poor timing for this, especially with Boston on Monday. Booo! I’m so sorry, friend. Thinking optimistic thoughts for you with Big Sur. And the bright side of running Boston next year is that we could meet! 🙂

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    Allyssa says:

    I’m sooo sorry the results weren’t as good as you were hoping and that the recovery will be long. What a huge bummer. Hang in there and keep up that optimistic attitude! All this time I’ve been trying to think of things that could be causing your pain. I didn’t know you had LCP disease as a child. I think that definitely plays a factor into what is going on now! Hugs!!!!!

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    Oh no, I am so sorry! Injuries are the worst but par for the course for runners/athletes. I am finally back to running after overuse injuries in both my knee and foot from a half marathon back in March. It’s frustrating to go from running 5 days per week, to not running at all. Stretching has really helped me as well as going to PT twice per week. Patience is your best friend (which I have little of!). Good luck!

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    Kristen says:

    So sorry about your injury, but after the initial grieving it does sound like you have a positive attitude about it…you WILL beat it! Just give yourself time and your body will come back even stronger than before. Trust me, I’m learning the same lesson right now! I’ve been down with an injury since Christmas (it started in early November though, so really I haven’t had a really “great” run since November) and when I first saw people out running and making it look so darn easy I wanted to cry, well, and run up and punch them in the face for no good reason except I was SO jealous that I couldn’t be running right then too. It’s been a real mind trip to go from being a RUNNER, to not being able to exercise period, to finally being able to see some successes in physical therapy that leave me hopeful that I will be running again – PAIN FREE – in the future.

    So just hang in there and take care of yourself! It’s tough to put something you love aside, but it is so important to go slow when needed.

    Sending much love your way!!

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    elizabeth says:

    so far behind on my reading!! so sorry you are hurt too. it’s miserable, I know. just take the time you need to heal!


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