I’m on a cleanse to cap off a summer of debauchery and over indulgence. It is seven days of taking those crazy horse pills and clean eating, four days of shakes only, and then three days of steamed veggies and protein and more horse pills to ‘re-populate the flora of my colon’. Nice. 

I’m at day three and a half.

Currently feeling: tired.

Today, I fell off the bandwagon and ate Arby’s and I viciously paid for it. 
Tonight, spaghetti squash and sauce. 
Back in the saddle.

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I owe you all an apology for not posting lately and not updating you on my duathlon two weekends ago. unfortunately I’ve had an injury sideline me and I’m working on getting better and trying not to feel too sorry for myself. being injured sucks, especially just when I was feeling so great.

the day after I ran my duathlon (proper race report to come, along with pictures), I played soccer. it was a physical game but nothing out of the ordinary happened in it. my right knee felt funny afterwards but I assumed that it was just tight. I went for an easy run to loosen it up. everything felt fine after the run. I crashed on the couch to watch True Blood and when I got up… bam. swollen, sore, not fully load bearing, can’t full extend the leg. f_ck.

I saw my GP on thursday – he says just a strain or possibly a Baker’s Cyst, continue icing and advil. he prescribes physio at my request.

saw my physiotherapist on thursday afternoon – she says torn meniscus. f_ckstockings. continue icing and advil. NO PIVOT SPORTS. cycle and swim (flutter kick) are ok. take me behind the barn and shoot me.

today the ultrasound confirmed no cysts.

today the physio repeated: NOT PIVOT SPORTS. cycle and swim only. race on Aug 7th? don’t get your hopes up.

I want to cry.

the injury and lack of exercise is hard; you’re frustrated because you can’t workout and since you can’t workout you don’t have your usual stress relievers (vicious circle) and then all that crankiness starts to seep into other facets of your life. I’ve been feeling pretty down but was looking forward to today’s physio and ultrasound appointments. I was hoping for great news – “Wow, this is much better! Clean bill of health!” or at least “Yes, you can run again.” no luck.

so, off to Koala’s swim tonight and possibly a bike ride too… I’m going stircrazy.

update on the june challenge and my health

so far I’ve been doing ok with my June challenge.
I’ve got my workouts for the month written below and for the days that are done, I’ve included their status.

Partial pass

1 – 15 mins stretch, Koala’s run (scheduled: 30mins yoga, Koala’s run)
2 – 40mins swim (scheduled: Koala’s bike – cancelled, inclement weather)
3 – 45mins run (scheduled: 45min run)
4 – soccer (scheduled: soccer)
5 – none (scheduled: 20mins run, 1hr bike)
6 – none (scheduled: 30mins bike, 30mins run)
7 – golf (scheduled: 30mins weights, golf)
8 – Koala’s run (scheduled: 30mins yoga, Koala’s run)
9 – Koala’s bike/run (scheduled: Koala’s bike/run)
10 – 1hr Koala’s swim (scheduled: 45 min run)
11 – soccer (scheduled: soccer)
12 – 20mins run, 40mins bike (scheduled: 20mins run, 75mins bike)
13 – none (scheduled: 40mins bike, 40mins run)
14 – 30mins weights, 30mins run (scheduled: 30mins weights, golf)
15 – 30mins shred, Koala’s run (scheduled: yoga, Koala’s run)
16 – Koala’s bike (scheduled: Koala’s bike/run)
17 – none (scheduled: 45mins run, beach vball)
18 – (scheduled: soccer)
19 – (scheduled: easy 20min run)
20 – (scheduled: Waterloo Classic 10km, 30-60mins aerobic bike)
21 – (scheduled: 30mins weights, golf)
22 – (scheduled: yoga, Koala’s run)
23 – (scheduled: Koala’s bike/run)
24 – (scheduled: 45mins run)
25 – (scheduled: off)
26 – (scheduled: run 20mins/bike 40mins/run 20mins)

this has been a really interesting exercise because it’s showed me which days I tend to bail on (hello Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, you guys are really hard to work out on!) and has helped to improve my overall consistency and commitment.

in other news, I’ve been working on leaning out and dropping some weight in preparation for the multi-sport season and a fall marathon. obviously I’ve still got a ways to go (thank you wet suit for reminding me of that…) but I’m pleased with my progress so far. it’s a very fine balance to strike, making sure I’m getting enough calories to fuel my workouts and keep my performance up but not too many that I have the opportunity to store them. this week I definitely did not strike a balance. on Wednesday night’s bike I was dogging it pretty badly. I just didn’t feel fresh or strong. the legs were heavy, I was very tired. since I struggled so much on the bike I decided to skip the run portion and head home early. probably for the best. I’m feeling much better having taken yesterday off altogether and getting some more sleep. last night my calorie deficit from earlier in the week caught up with me and I was ravenous. ate so much last night that I was still feeling sick and overstuffed when I woke up this morning!

on Monday this week I had my followup blood pressure appointment. my readings were within normal range this time which was great news! yay for drinking lots more water! (yes, I know that you are supposed to watch salt intake too and I discussed my diet with a nutritionist at my first appointment and she felt that I wasn’t consuming enough salt to be causing my high blood pressure on its own. she and my doctor both felt it was likely my training and work stress coupled with chronic dehydration causing problems.) next to get off the list is an ECHO for a heart murmur. that’s not until July though.

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in other news. sore throat. creeping around the edges. I hates the sore throat. in the book I’m reading (AVD: brigadoon!! I can’t stop!) people die of the morbid sore throat. hope I don’t have that. sounds morbid. I’m going to take 3 ColdFX ( to keep the morbid sore throat at bay. aww hell. I just googled morbid sore throat and according to Ruddy’s List of Archaic Medical Terms morbid sore throat seems to have been invented by the author of the book I’m reading. seriously. AVD, you get this. I know you do. insufferable.