H all!

It’s Friday! Can I get a WOOT WOOT??!!! I have all that I need to get this blog post complete: Coffee, my laptop and the doodle resting his little head on me. I love that furry boy.

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bloggin’!

I’ll catch you up on my last few days. Wednesday I had to take some more head shots but this time I had to go to a building downtown in the Meatpacking District. The building was super secure and you could only get access to the floor you needed to go to. Except I was having such a hard time getting to my floor that a messenger going to a different floor told me to follow him. Next thing you know I’m in Alexander McQueen space.

Alexander McQueenIf you’ve ever watched the red carpet at the Oscars or the Golden Globes you know Alexander McQueen is a fashion designer. Ooh-la-la! Of course not my thing. I’d rather land at Asics or Brooks. LOL! Eventually I got to where I had to go. I was on my lunch break so I needed to hop on the subway to get back to work fast. I noticed this cool public artwork set of sculptures by a sculptor named Tom Otterness.

Tom Otterness

2 of many bronze sculptures in the subway at 14th street (The C train)

14th street C

Down Under

How cool? How did I not see this ever before? This is why I love living in New York City. There’s always cool creativity, art, fashion, music, food….you name it!

Yesterday I did some freelance work and then I went for a run.

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First run with the Garmin 10

I wore my new Garmin Forerunner 10. I like it. I really like that the main screen only shows distance and elapsed time. I never toggled to the secondary screen to see my pace and I think for the bulk of my training I’m going to do the same.

So the knee seems to have made some minor progress. I wanted to share what I’ve been doing because I think it’s helping. (I’m not a doctor folks!)

  1. I’ve been foam rolling both legs in all areas focusing on rolling the quads, hamstrings and calves and making sure to get the outside of those areas like the IT band and peroneal tendon. I’m doing this daily and try to roll a little before my run as well as after.
  2. I’ve been taking Ibuprofen for the last 2 days in the morning and evening hoping to help reduce some inflammation.
  3. I’ve been doing lots of strengthening and balancing exercises for my hips, quads, glutes and core. Step ups, bridges, planks, front leg raises, clam shells, side stepping with resistance band etc.
  4. I’ve slowed my pace, shortened my stride and i’m keeping my knees bent a little more than usual while running, especially on the downhills.

I made it through all 5 miles yesterday without the knee ever “slipping”. It felt a little tentative but didn’t cause any acute pain or discomfort. And by the time I got home, showered and stretched I didn’t even feel any discomfort around the knee area. And this morning I feel great! Apparently, so does Duncan…

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Feelin’ good!

I’m going to just keep doing what I’m doing. Let’s see how the next few weeks go. I’m going to shoot for 8 miles on Sunday.

Tonight I’m meeting my grade school friend Tara. We try and catch up over dinner once a year. We met in the 3rd grade! Crazy.

Have a great weekend!

What’s your favorite part of where you live? Do you love where you live? What’s your least favorite part?

I hate traffic/commuting.

6 Comments

  1. Hello! I just wanted to thank you for being so open about your injuries. It’s easy to want to hide all the “ugly” stuff and not let others know that life isn’t perfect. I’m dealing with Runner’s Knee right now. Actually, I just went to the Dr. for the first time today for it, and was referred to a sports medicine dr. Thank goodness. So I am pouting about being injured and missing out on my fun group run tomorrow morning.

    What do I love about where I live? Well, I think it’s a great place to raise children, but the reason that it’s a great place to love children is also what makes it so hard. It’s incredibly rural (population of my town is 700), and it gets a bit lonely feeling sometimes. And it’s cold. It’s really freaking cold.

    • Hope your knee heals quick! I just read your latest post and oh can I totally commiserate with you over the whole primary care, referral thing! That was me this past may after hurting my ankle.

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  3. Hi! Another runner joining the knee club here :( I injured my knee from only kneeling on it, AFTER a great run, but not during it (or at least I never felt it during my run). That was back in October. It used to feel more sore, and when I got it checked out I was told it was runners knee too. Then, it was off to PT after it didn’t feel any better after not running for three weeks (I know, I gave it a lot of time!! or so it felt…). Anyhow, I have 3 sheets of exercises to do, and they sound all like the ones you have. Still, it’s hanging around, but I have been running up to 42 miles a week on it. I’m training for Boston, and it’s my first, so I’ve gotta do it!! I guess as a plus I will have buns of steel when this all gets done because those exercises are pretty intense! I’m feeling your pain. I hope we all heal up soooooon!

  4. Hhaha I had to go to the doctor in a building like that when we were in NYC and it was so stressful!! I loved our time when we lived in NYC, but I absolutely love living in Austin, TX! Case in point: we spent most of our day at a brewery on Lake Travis, in the sun, enjoying the 70* weather… in January! :)

    • I’m a little jealous. 70 degrees is the perfect temperature. But I did enjoy our mini-blizzard of 10 inches of snow today.

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