Tag Archives: Injuries

Arthritis: A dirty little secret of sports medicine?

Notice the fuzziness around the bone inside the circle. That's the arthritis showing up in an X-ray.

Arthritis, simply defined, is the inflammation of one or more joints. But it’s actually an umbrella term, according to arthritis.org, used to describe a group of 100-plus medical conditions. Continue reading


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How jumping jacks crushed my bone, Racine Ironman 70.3 dreams

An X-ray confirmed that I have yet another stress fracture.

This year was supposed to be the Year of No Injuries.

The universe, it seems, had other plans. Continue reading


Filed under Cycling, Injuries, Racine Ironman 70.3, Stress fracture, Triathlon

Kiddo’s crash, road rash and burn on Bike the Drive

Today we kicked off what we had hoped would become an annual family tradition of biking along Lake Shore Drive. We never dreamed it’d end up with a crash and the little one saying she never wants to bike again. Continue reading


Filed under Bike the Drive, Cycling, Injuries, Kids, Knees, Road rash

Learning how to swim online; good or bad idea?

The "Mr. Smooth" desktop application is supposed to show novice swimmers proper technique.

The internet is good for a lot of things — finding recipes, shopping, banking, mapping your runs when you’re not hurt and many, many other everyday tasks. It must be good for learning a new sport. Right?

(If you said, “Yes,” to yourself, tell me if you still agree after reading this post…)

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Filed under Aqua jogging, Online tools, Swimming

A whole new meaning to ‘boot’ camp

Walking around my house after hitting the gym for the first time since my stress fracture diagnosis.

Since I visited the foot doctor last Wednesday and found out I have a stress fracture, I’ve been worried about maintaining my fitness level and staying motivated in my new lifestyle habits.

I headed to the gym for the first time on Friday for bootcamp, wearing — what else? — my boot.

Due to my need to restrict my foot from bending as much as possible, and to refrain from putting a lot of pressure on it, I had to modify the routine a bit:

  • I biked instead of ran to warm up;
  • While everyone else was running lines, I was doing planks and bicycle crunches;
  • When others lunged I squatted (because proper form means you keep your weight on your heels);
  • And I did dead lifts, rows, bicep curls, presses and a variety of other arm strength training instead of high-impact exercises.

But what I was most proud of, what I knew could help me keep my fitness level up (and, gasp, maybe increase it) during this injury recovery phase… happened when the rest of the boot-campers ran lines at the end.

I said to my trainer, “Give me something to do.”

“You’re injured,” he said. “Rest.”

I shook my head. “I can bike and I can row. Give me something to do.”

He knew I wasn’t going to take no for an answer. (And I’m not crazy; I wouldn’t have done it if it hurt.) So he told me if I could do four 500 meter splits in under two minutes and 35 seconds, he’d be happy.

Well, I did them in: 2:27, 2:28, 2:30 and 2:31.

And then, when I was done, sweaty and feeling really proud of myself — I stepped on the scale and was down another 2.5 pounds.

That brings my weight loss total to 10.88 pounds. And boy did I need that pick-me-up after the previous week’s weigh in.

It has kept me motivated to eat well, keep going to the gym. (I have since headed to spin class and Monday morning bootcamp.)

And today I did those rowing splits in 2:14, 2:10, 2:10 and 2:10!!!


Filed under Bootcamp, Injuries, Stress fracture

Stress fracture: Feet don’t fail me now!


My feet and I await our fate at the doctor's office Wednesday afternoon.

I get hurt. A lot.

And no, it’s not at anyone else’s hand — it’s usually my own fault.

The last year alone there were the remnants of plantar fasciitis, the hip bursitis, the road rash from falling off my bike, the sprained ankle and a few bumps and bruises thrown in for good measure.

When I sprained my ankle last summer, just weeks after hip surgery, I sat on the sidewalk and cried… and cried… and cried. It wasn’t because I was in pain (although I was), it was out of pure frustration.

“Why can’t I just get better?!” I remember blubbering into the phone to the boyfriend as I hobbled home from my ill-fated run. He was kind enough to listen and let me go on… and on.

So when I e-mailed him today to tell him that I have a stress fracture in my right foot, he wrote back: “I am very sorry.  I know how frustrating this must be for you.”

Here’s the thing, though. I’m not frustrated. And I’m not upset.

I’m just… at peace with it, because for the first time, I listened to my body.

The bottom of my right foot has been hurting since before Christmas. So I took a trip to the podiatrist right away.

I’ve been to see him twice now — once to get my foot checked out and get new orthotics, the other time to pick up the orthotics and get a steroid shot. The doctor thought my ailment was capsulitis.

Today when I went in, I explained that I was still in pain and that my toe actually still hurt after having the injection. He felt my foot and wanted to just adjust my orthotics and give me a gel thing to cushion my foot where it hurts.

And I said,  “You know, I really feel like something’s off. Could it be possibly a stress fracture?”

He said it was unlikely because my foot wasn’t swollen and the top of it didn’t hurt.

I replied that the top of my foot was tender and he agreed to X-ray it just in case.

Turns out my self diagnosis was correct.

I have a teeny, tiny hairline stress fracture that didn’t present classically so he missed it. It was down closer to my toe than in the middle of the ball of my foot.

When they bumped up the contrast in the X-ray he saw it. And I saw it too: a squiggly line that went right across my bone. Ow.

Now I’m wearing a really ugly boot, but I should be OK in three weeks.

I can’t run, do the elliptical trainer or do a lot of my bootcamp activities, like walking lunges or plyometrics, but I can bike and row, and I can strength train. So I know I’ll be able to continue my healthy path and not get sucked into the depression spiral like during previous injuries.

Glad I listened to my body and insisted on the X-ray.


Filed under Injuries, Stress fracture