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The weekend included time on the trails

I’ve only been away from blogging for a week, but it felt like a long time. Taking time away from the computer definitely has a way of slowing things down, don’t you agree? It’s good for us, in my opinion.

I’m hoping you all had nice, long, restful/peaceful holidays. We certainly enjoyed things around here. The kids and I ran a Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving, my son and I pacing my daughter to her best 5k time ever. I absolutely loved watching her run such a great race. She set down a nice, even pace right from the get go and then picked it up just enough at the end to take three minutes off her last 5k. I think I’ve figured out what she needs in a race, and that’s silence from me in the final mile. It’s very different from how I have always paced my son, who likes the constant feedback as we go along. We’re all different in that regard, aren’t we?

The rest of the weekend included catching up with friends, an 11-lb. local farm-raised turkey breast (yes, that was just the breast–lots of leftovers!) and a couple of short trail runs. Speaking of running, I know I am facing the inevitable time off. This high hamstring injury is no joke and doesn’t let up easily. I’ve made the mistake of googling it and have read nothing but horror stories. It’s one of those fun spots that receives little blood flow and so is slow to heal. It’s complicated by any sitting because you are right on the spot of insertion when you are doing that. Thankfully I can avoid sitting too much with my at-home existence, but there are times when I obviously have no choice.

So right now I’m in this ugly place of limbo, putting off the layoff, just waiting to come to mental terms and get in a few specific runs–a solstice 5-miler and a traditional cookie exchange run with my friends. Stupid to prolong the layoff, I know, but I want to enjoy these events. In the meantime, I’m actively seeking out all the advice I can on this particular bugger of an injury. If you have any, send it my way!

How was your Thanksgiving weekend? Travel or no travel? Turkey trot or not? 

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  1. So glad to hear that you had a good holiday and a nice break from blogging and the computer. It is always great to step away and so important. Congrats to your daughter!! That’s awesome and I can’t imagine how proud you must be. And I’m sorry about your injury. It’s definitely no fun when it’s at the insertion point of the muscle. You could see a KMI or structural integration practioner (someone who works with myofascial release and realignment of scar tissue). You can check here for someone in your area Just a thought :-)
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    • Thanks Christine. Was thinking of that anyhow but I will try anything. Is this the same as Rolfing or different? Just wondering.

  2. I don’t have any advice but the stuff you don’t want to hear – that the sooner you start resting the sooner you will be able to run again!
    I remember googling ITBS when it happened to me and read similar horror stories. It can be quite disillusioning, and I found it more helpful to just concentrate on repairing myself. Thankfully it is winter where you live so you don’t have to brave the outdoors!
    Wishing you a speedy recovery, and a well done for your daughter for a well run race!
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  3. We had a Wonderful Thanksgiving. I tried keeping it simple for a change and loved it! Simple works! I’m sorry about the inevitable layoff. Been there and sadly done that. My only tip (you already know) layoff sooner rather than later.

    Speedy recovery!
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  4. Congrats to your daughter! I’m sure you were a beaming happy mother runner. I thought I’d try for a little run the other day but my tendon is still talking to me. It’s hard to face the truth but it must be done for a better outcome in the long run (literally!).
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  5. I’m glad you had a nice week off. Don’t put off the time off from running. I don’t have much advice other than stretching daily to increase the blood flow.
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  6. I had the same issue 4 years ago and what helped me the most was KT tape. I wore it incessantly and it really did the trick and I was able to start running again within 2 weeks. YouTube videos taught my husband how to properly put it on me. Try it! As for this year,
    I took 5 days off from running because I perfectly timed a race right before the chaos of thanksgiving begins. Crooked road 24 hr ultra. I did less than my goal of 100 but learned so much more about myself. I feel it as a victory nonetheless.
    Good luck healing and keep us posted how it’s going! I love reading your posts :)
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  7. Congrats to your daughter on a 5K PR! 3 minutes in 3 miles is absolutely fabulous! I love that you and your son helped her get there together. I wish I had a magic cure for your injury! Just think of the downtime as a way to really enjoy the holidays with friends and family.
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  8. I LOVED the lay off from hardcore social media—but found I still wrote non non non stop.

    who knew? :-)
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  9. I wish I had some advice or good news for you but I don’t have any experience with that injury. I can understand putting off your hiatus though, especially when you had the chance to pace your daughter to a PR!! That is awesome. I also love that you’re in tune with what each of your kids needs are. So true that every runner is different in that regard. I like a lot of chatter in that final stretch!!!
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  10. Oh man I hope you don’t have to take a big lay off, that’s mentally so frustrating. There was no turkey trot here though we did run, i just didn’t feel like paying to run :)
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  11. I’m sorry to hear that you are going to have to take so much time off :/ I’ve been there before…just convincing myself to do a few more “short” runs. I hope the time goes by smoothly and quickly for you. xo
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  12. Ugh.. I often spend the end of December or beginning of January side-lined. I think all the running of the year catches up with the stress of the holidays and takes a toll. It’s not the worst time of year to be sidelined, but I know it’s never easy.
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  13. i think you daughter might be a mini Kara goucher. hehe. And I am so sorry about the injury. You know we can relate. How does aqua jogging effect it? KT tape and maybe just a lot of cross training/rest/ice/compression.
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  14. Sorry, Miss Zippy. You might talk to your doc about PRP. One of my running group buddies had it done for high hamstring, and has so far noticed a big change. Other ideas to get blood to the area are alternating heat and cold packs and yoga. Good luck and get well!
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  15. So sorry to hear about your injury. I don’t blame you for wanting to hold off and enjoy a few more fun runs.
    Your Thanksgiving week and the 5k with your kids all sounds amazing. It’s so good to unplug every now and again.
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  16. Congrats on the Turkey Trot, sounds like fun and congrats to your daughter on a great race. Sorry about the injury. Hope it’s not as bad as you’ve been reading about.
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  17. I’m a big fan of taking “breaks” … it’s good for the soul :) I don’t have any insight on the injury but wish I did. All I can say is what everyone says, rest, massage, rest … the four letter word most of us don’t want to hear. Many healing wishes to you!
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  18. Glad you took time – I think many of us did – I think I need more & that may happen at the end of December. :)

    So sorry about your injury! Any time we can’t do the things we love,it is tough but healing rather than hurting more is better for long term health – I hope it heals quicker rather than slower – HUGS!!!
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  19. I took some spontaneous time off all social media over the weekend, too… it was so nice! But ugh on the slow healing injury. I’m slowly making my way back to running but am not quite there yet either. It’s so hard to be patient!
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  20. Glad you had a good break and big congrats to your daughter on her PR!

    I’m really sorry about the injury – maybe with the holidays and all a break won’t be so bad. Wish I had some great advice but I don’t so I’ll just wish you a very speedy recovery!
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  21. I think taking a break from social media over the holidays is a must! I hate that the hamstring is still bothering you. I know that exact spot that hurts though and it sucks. I have a friend who ended up having to have surgery to repair her torn hamstring so just be careful.
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  22. I have taken the last month off. It felt good. I think I needed it. But now I am ready to get back at it. I am going to start base training for my Ironman 70.3! Ready to get going again. But I needed to have the break first!
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  23. Glad you had a good holiday, and how fun to get to pace your daughter like that!!

    Another treatment that might be worth investigating is shockwave. I had Achilles tendinitis and it also has the same blood flow problem. Shock wave helped to dissipate scar tissue from a 5 yr old injury. Good luck, don’t take dr google too much to heart, only the extreme cases post, the rest are back out running too quickly.
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  24. Hope you enjoyed your blogging break – sort of nice to have a little break.
    Great job to your daughter on her 5K time!!
    I hope that your injury heals quickly – I know it is hard to take time off of running!
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  25. Provided you aren’t making things worse, a little time this way or that won’t make much difference to the healing – but might make a lot of mental difference to you. I’m usually very anti-run-on-injury, but if a few more runs are going to let you take the time on your terms, then that might be worth it. And January might be a more calm time when you can better cope with a running break, as opposed to the hectic holiday season. One way or another – you’re smart enough to take the break!

    While it’s not a long-term postural move, maybe try adjusting your sitting position to avoid putting pressure on that particular spot – maybe by sitting “forward”, leaning weight onto your feet and legs instead of butt? And what about those inflatable circular “pillows” for hemorrhoids? Not glamorous, but I wonder if that would let you sit with less pressure on that area?

    I traveled (pretty far) but did not trot in an organized event.
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  26. Thanksgiving was great with lots of road tripping time but no turkey trot. Sometimes it’s just nice to do NOTHING!
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  27. Youch and I can relate having torn all 3 hamstrings 2 years ago. It took me a few months to figure that out but I eventually went for a MRI. I declined surgery and increased strength training and stretching and gradually went back to running marathons, though still not quite at the same speed as before. I recommend sitting on an inflatable stability disk and still have one on my desk chair and it helps reminds me do core exercises while I work. More recently I took an enforced break due to a metatarsal stress fracture. Developed lots of cross training options during the breaks so this was not all bad. I really enjoy your blog. Hang in there.

  28. Sounds like a great holiday, it is nice to unplug for awhile and
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  29. Wow, a minute a mile! She must be so (rightfully) proud of herself. Apparently, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

    Sorry about your injury, but I’m afraid I fall in line with everyone who has said just get it over with. The sooner you take the time off the sooner you’ll be back running again. Plus I’m sure continuing to run on it can’t be good and may lead to other related problems.

    • MissZippy says:

      I know, Debbie. It seems that what I read from others, though, is that you can do some light, easy running while going through this and getting treatment. We’ll see–I am taking it one day/practitioner at a time to figure things out!

  30. Yes the Thanksgiving break was a breath of much needed fresh air. I trotted but thing 1 bugged out cuz it was really cold. Would’ve been no fun at all for her. Yay for a massive 5k PR!
    I had great results with myofascial release when I tore my hammy. I only wish the therapist didn’t relocate. :( Wishing you a speedy recovery!
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  31. There’s never a good time to have a lay-off but I would say that December is probably the worst for me with all the stress of the silly season. I hope you manage to get through yours with a lot more grace than I ever manage when I’m forced to stop running.
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  32. I’ll bet it would respond to a little prolotherapy. And time off can be a good thing, too :)

    Our turkey was just slightly bigger than your breast!

    No travel and no trot here. Well, that’s a lie…we drove 30 minutes to my BIL’s house.
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  33. Bummer about the injury. :( I can totally understand wanting to savor a couple things before starting your layoff. Awesome news about your daughter’s PR!

    I ran my first turkey trot this year and took 1:14 off my old PR. I was pretty happy about that. Lots of other fun running/biking/family stuff too. It was a nice break for sure. :)
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  34. Sounds like a nice break from the computer and nice holiday! I say it each time I read about it, but I love that your kids run with you!
    Three minutes off a 5k is impressive!
    I wish we had turkey trots up here on Canadian Thanksgiving. I should look into making a fun one for family and friends next year!
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  35. Please take care of that hammie.
    You mention Thanksgiving, so now I have to go back into the kitchen for (more) leftover pie. You are now responsible for this insanity.
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  36. No fun to have an injury like that. I wish I had some magic cure for you. I’m frustrated with the training I’ve missed but I only have a cut on my foot. So I take some good positives from your post. I’m hoping for a full month of training during December.
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  37. Glad you had a good holiday and enjoyed some unplugged time :)

    Thanksgiving was good- we decided last minute that we weren’t going to travel. ( as in decided Wednesday night) which cut 15 hours of driving out of Thursday Friday for us so we relaxed at home!
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  38. I am surprised to hear that hamstrings are an area where there is little blood flow. I experienced that with a hand injury so I understand your frustration somewhat. Best wishes to you.
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  39. We had a great weekend, full of family fun!

    As for the injury, I hate to say it, but at our age you can’t work through it anymore, you have to take the time off and get the therapy in. On the positive side, swimming in a cold pool has to be good for it, right?
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