May 12th, 2010
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Firstly, let’s ignore the thunder thighs and monstrous calf and secondly, please holla at my $5 Old Navy shorts…

Which means thirdly, let me introduce you to my foam roller.  I had never even heard of foam rollers before my knee decided to screw me over.  It’s a long foam roll, which is really hard and long (that’s what she said, hehe).  I lie on my side and place my thigh on it, the good leg in front to keep me stable and then roll back and forth on it. Easy? False.

It’s so hard. And painful. It feels like I’m rolling on a really bad bruise.  I’m supposed to do 20 a day (most I’ve ever done is about 12) and when I feel pain or a knot, I’m supposed to stop on it for 30 seconds (also, very hard).

Check out this link. I do pose #1 and look like her, except more cellulite, less awesome.

I also do these stretches (#2, #3 and #4)

Any further tips/advice would be appreciated.  Hope this helps someone… apparently the one good thing about ITB Syndrome is it’s usually 100% curable. Yay!

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May 12th, 2010
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GPOYSW: ‘X’-Marks-the-Spot-of-my-Knee-Issues Edition 
I haven’t really been blogging about running (or my lack of) lately, or my knee issues, as a) I’m lazy and b) I figure 99.9% of you just don’t care. But I decided for my personal reference, and if on the odd chance I can help someone out, I’m going to blog away….
History: There was no specific injury, the knee pain (where the ‘x’ is) just decided (for shits and giggles) to pop up when I hit my longer distances (about 7k+).  It hurts like a bitch with every step, and don’t even get me started on going down stairs. 
Action: After using Dr. Google and Dr. Tumblr, I decided to take advantage of Canada’s free health care and get an actual sport Doctor’s opinion.  He diagnosed me with IT Band Syndrome (which is very common for runners: new and old) and is usually from “too much, too fast.”
Physio: He referred me to a physiotherapist, which certainly wasn’t free (umm what? $65 for 30 min!) which I went to for an hour, initial session.  She was awesome and it was well worth it.  She told me to stay off my knee in all aspects (hence no trainer lately either) for the time being, and she gave me exercises/stretches to do, to lengthen my IT Band, and thus take the pressure off my knee.
Exercises: I bought a foam roller! See next post.

GPOYSW: ‘X’-Marks-the-Spot-of-my-Knee-Issues Edition 

I haven’t really been blogging about running (or my lack of) lately, or my knee issues, as a) I’m lazy and b) I figure 99.9% of you just don’t care. But I decided for my personal reference, and if on the odd chance I can help someone out, I’m going to blog away….

History: There was no specific injury, the knee pain (where the ‘x’ is) just decided (for shits and giggles) to pop up when I hit my longer distances (about 7k+).  It hurts like a bitch with every step, and don’t even get me started on going down stairs. 

Action: After using Dr. Google and Dr. Tumblr, I decided to take advantage of Canada’s free health care and get an actual sport Doctor’s opinion.  He diagnosed me with IT Band Syndrome (which is very common for runners: new and old) and is usually from “too much, too fast.”

Physio: He referred me to a physiotherapist, which certainly wasn’t free (umm what? $65 for 30 min!) which I went to for an hour, initial session.  She was awesome and it was well worth it.  She told me to stay off my knee in all aspects (hence no trainer lately either) for the time being, and she gave me exercises/stretches to do, to lengthen my IT Band, and thus take the pressure off my knee.

Exercises: I bought a foam roller! See next post.

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April 5th, 2010
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So… this happened on Saturday.

And this? this sucks. Pretty sure I’m not running for at least a week.  It’s the exact same pain as last year, and so I assume it’s “runner’s knee,” which luckily goes away fairly quickly with some rest, ice and once my legs realize they can’t be lazy logs anymore.

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June 1st, 2009

I may or may not have my first running ‘injury.’  My left knee hurts like crazy when I bend it (aka walk). Apparently it’s pretty common in new runners (at least that’s what Dr. Com told me)

No running until Wednesday. True story.

In other news I’m sorry for my moment of depression last night, I’m not taking it back as that’s how I truly felt in the moment… but perhaps I should have held off on the posting said feelings part.

I swear I’m not a depressing person! I swear!

It’s just that yesterday was a bad day for me (even though my food intake and exercise = perfecto).  I think I’m going to just go ahead and blame last night’s post on being a girl… so yes… sorry about that. I also think the door to wisdom (getting my thoughts in order) swings on hinges of common sense (I know skinny does not = happy) and uncommon thoughts (last night’s post), hopefully I’ll be at that ‘wisdom’ part soon, but until then you’ll just have to put up with my crazy random posts..

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Welcome! I'm Liz, the girl relieved the Internet has 0 calories. South African by birth; Canadian on paper. A marathoner. CrossFitter. Paleo (somewhat) eater. Traveler. Cheese lover. And I think you're great!