Injuries Stink

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

Iโ€™m the owner of Carrots โ€˜Nโ€™ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Wah! I am not a happy camper right now. I really need to vent, but I’ll make it quick. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’M SICK OF BEING INJURED!! ๐Ÿ™ย I was supposed to run 5 miles today, but I only made it to 3 miles because my stupid hip and knee started to hurt. Blah. Not cool. I’m only 29-years-old. I should be able to run 5 miles without pain. ๐Ÿ˜•

Anyway, I’m taking tomorrow off and rearranging my training schedule so that I am running fewer days each week. I’ll probably do the 20-minute Yoga for Runners session tomorrow morning to stretch my tight hip and legs. Hopefully, that will do the trick!

Ok, I’m done. Thanks for listening.


After breakfast, I threw on my workout gear and headed straight to the gym. Again, I used the Just Do It mentality: I didn’t think about it and just got myself there.

I left my boys playing video games/snoozing.


It was a cold and snowy walk to the gym this morning. Brrrr!


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The gym is only a 5-minute walk away, but my pants were covered in snow by the time I got there.


At the gym, I ran 3 miles in 29:49, which is a somewhat slow time for me. The first 2 miles of my run were at my usual pace, but the final mile was much slower. My hip and knee started to hurt around 2.5 miles, so the last 1/2 mile was super slow. I didn’t want to push my body when it was in pain, so I aborted my 5-mile mission and stopped at 3 miles. The rest of my workout included 25 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes of core work, and lots of foam rolling.

Before leaving, I made sure to wipe-down my headphones with the gym’s all-purpose cleaner and a paper towel. I showed this little trick to Mal last week and he thought it was really cool, so I figured some of my readers would appreciate it, too. Headphone can get icky after awhile!


Almost 1.5 hours later, I arrived home to see my husband and pug in the exact same position as I had left them. Oh, boys.



After a quick shower, it was time for lunch! I was starving… again! My appetite has been out of control lately. I’m just a hungry gal!


I made myself a big salad with lots of veggies, crumbled Oregonzola cheese, tomato basil risotto, and balsamic vinegar.



This salad was a good one! ๐Ÿ˜€


Following lunch, I enjoyed a brownie and a couple of mugs of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea. (I doubled-up the tea bags for super sugar cookie flavor.) Mmmmm! :mrgreen:

Speaking of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea, did you win the giveaway on Trading Up Downtown? ๐Ÿ˜‰


Mal used our Perfect Brownie Pan Set to make the brownies, and it actually worked quite well– just as advertised. The brownies are soft and chewy on the inside and semi-crispy on the edges.

Many thanks to the company for sending it to us to try out! ๐Ÿ˜€


I’m spending the afternoon working, so I can relax tonight.

See ya!



  1. I’m sorry you’re having so much trouble with your knee and hip. I agree that injuries suck! Have you considered using the Galloway method for running? I’ve had knee problems in the past, and I find that interval training helps keep them from getting overuse injuries.

  2. oh no ๐Ÿ™ i’m totally with you on the enough is enough! my knees have been especially cranky since thanksgiving and i’m tired of it…

  3. I hear you. It is so frustrating to be able to do it before but now you can’t. Runner’s yoga is a big help and so are IT stretches. I just have to modify all running now so that I can train for longer races.

  4. Tina,

    I have been reading your blog since your first post and I have NEVER commented! I know I know I am horrible! I have never been the commenting type I suppose? Well, I decided to start commenting. I suppose it is my resolution for 2010!

    Anyway, I had to comment on this post.

    Please please please read the book BORN TO RUN by Christopher McDougall. I first heard about the book because a friend of mine, Jenn Shelton, is in the book. After I read it, it changed my entire perspective on running and injuries. I GUARANTEE it will change yours too!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. sorry about your injury :(( what a pain. you still got in a great sweat session though ๐Ÿ™‚

    ps i just saw an infomercial for the perfect brownie thing!! they show it for pie squares and all sorts of yummy treats.. kinda cool!

  6. I sympathize with your frustration — especially about your hip! My hip hasn’t been right for over a year. I’ve been through physical therapy, been rehabbed, and been right back in pain again a month later. I’ve tried all the stregthening/stretching/don’tsittoolongatyourdesk crap….nothing ๐Ÿ™ The chronic piriformis issues win again!
    I guess it’s back to the doctor for me, but I hope you can find a way to make it work!

  7. Hey Tina! I live around Boston and after my hip/achilles injury this summer I started going to Jake at Kennedy Brothers in Downtown Crossing. He is an awesome physical therapist and I highly recommend him. He specializes in runners! Injuries are tough and I’m healing up nicely finally and am able to run consistently. Of course I have good days and bad but a good suggestion is to not run two days in a row. Thats helped me a lot as well as the foam roller- life saver!

  8. Good for you for recognizing that you shouldn’t push through the pain…I have a tendency to do that and make the injury worse. They suck, though. I AGREE!

  9. I totally feel ya on the injuries! I am 28 and dealing with some major bum knees. I feel like I’m 80. I wish I could run 3miles. I am only allowed my my PT to run 1, but today I upped it to 1.5. That’s running and walking! It’s such a bummer to be injured, but listen to your body or it will only get worse.

  10. Sorry about your injury! You are totally allowed to vent on here, and I know you’ll get it figured out with time and adjustment to your running routine.

    I was really wondering the other day if people washed their headphones or what…haha don’t know if that’s sad or gross, but anyways, thanks for the tip!

  11. Have you looked into physical therapy? I was right there and after physical therapy and taking it VERY slow, I eventually went on to train and complete an Ironman. Yoga should be a HUGE help too.

  12. I know how frustrating this may be, Tina, but you just need to take it easy. I think you realized that you could run a little bit without pain not that long ago and all of a sudden you were running at almost every workout. You have plenty of time for you 5K so don’t worry, your hip will catch up with your head! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. So sorry about your body pains Tina!!! Hopefully a little rest and yoga will help. PB and I constantly have to do things to prevent injury since he has a wonky (my favorite word haha) knee and I have a weak ankle. It is SO frustrating to have to cut a run short due to pain!

    P.S. Your husband must be really neat. When my hubs watches tv or hangs he always has papers/laptop/drinks all over the place!

  14. I’m only 19 years old and I can’t even run one mile without intense knee pain that lasts for DAYS. I can’t even go to spinning class any more ๐Ÿ™

  15. I’m only 29, too, but I often have knee and foot pain after running. It may be that I just don’t have a clue what I’m doing. I used the C25K program to get started, but that’s it.

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