What’s it really like?

I started having issues with my hip while training for the Nike San Fran Half Marathon which was in October 2013.

Melissa is really running the Half not the Full!

Melissa is really running the Half not the Full!

After the race I cut out running for the most part and started lifting more. Doing things that didn’t aggravate my hip.

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After 10 months of issues it was time to go see the doctor. My family would tell you that they had been trying to get me to go for months. I was in denial. I was scared and really didn’t want to know the “REAL” issue.

I didn’t want to give up my fitness routine and I truly didn’t want to know what the X-ray was going to tell us.

In August my chiropractor suggested I get checked for a hernia. My workout partner said she was a quack and to go to the Sports Medicine doctor in her office. That’s what I decided to do.

During my first visit he did take X-rays of my back and hips. Conclusion = Hip Flexor Tendonitis. He had me on 8 weeks of workout restrictions. No running, No jumping, No explosive moves, No lunges and I needed to attend 8 weeks of Physical Therapy. I was good with this. I cut out kickboxing and replaced it with the elliptical and my trainer had me do modifications during those particular workouts. PT was nice because I learned a lot of new stretches and ideas of what needed to happen for my body to get stronger in the areas that were weak after compensating for so long.

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 At my 8 week visit with the Sports Med doc he REALLY wanted me to have an arthogram and an MRI. I was in major denial about getting the arthrogram. Really who wants a huge needle stuck into their hip-joint? I managed to talk him out of this for another 8 weeks as long as I didn’t “CHEAT” on my restrictions. When I got home and talked to my family they told me that I would cheat and just get it done and rule out the laberal tear. (This was my biggest fear) So I scheduled the appointment.

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This is a random photo I found on the intrenet that shows what an Arthorgram is! See that long needle going into the hip-joint? This is what scared the bejesus out of me.

I really really didn’t want to have this done.

The day had come and I was an emotional wreck waiting to go back to the room. When the radiology tech came to get me my emotions just start pouring out. She was so great in comforting me and making me feel a ease. The radiologist doing the procedure was amazing. He talked me through everything and really helped me relax. The initial insertion is the hardest part. I didn’t feel much of anything after he got the needle in a little pressure here and there.

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Here is my arthorgram can you see the needle leading to the middle of the joint?

When we were done with the procedure I told the doctor

“A Brazilian is much much more painful”

He laughed and asked if he could share with one of his partners one of my buddies!

On to the MRI!

I’ve never had an MRI before either.

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This is a picture of the MRI Machine at my hospital.

The MRI techs were amazing.

I had on some HUGE fancy hospital shorts and I was nervous therefore I was freezing. They wrapped me up in blankets and gave me all the instructions along with some head phones and a cloth over my eyes. They told me it was going to be loud. Man it’s like a jack hammer for 45 min and you can’t move. I highly recommend the earphones and an eye mask it helped me relax and not think about getting inched into that claustrophobic machine.

Results??? My radiologist buddy had me come into his office when we were all done. He said I don’t have a labreal tear but I do have degenerative joint diease.

All I know is he told me it’s time to switch to biking.

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Here are the MRI pictures. The white is the dye they put in during the arthorgram.

I haven’t been back to the Sports Medicine doc yet to see what he’s plan of action is going to be. What I do know is that I have arthritis and a flap. The fluid from the arthogram helped with the swelling and my pain has been minimal for now. Running is pretty much out of the question I do not want to tear the labrum.

I’ve been focusing on lifting weights and stretching. I see in my future a fast “WOGGER”. I love the races and even if I can’t run I can wog a pretty quick pace. Time will tell!

Long story short! The arthorgram wasn’t near as bad as I had pictured in my mind!

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Women, Wilderness & Wildflowers!

Photo blitz from Crested Butte, CO girls weekend!

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First Hike Beckwith Pass This trail is fairly steep at times.

The views of East Beckwith Mountain are amazing.

It’s a good hike! 5 miles 2 hrs 15 min 1400 feet

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Shew after that 800 calorie burn it was time for some fuel! Summer Blonde and some buffalo chicken fingers at the Brick Oven and  a stroll thru town!

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Dinner time!

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Saturday we hiked from Gothic, CO to the trail of Judd Falls 2 total miles

Elevation Gain: Minimal Trail Type:

Out-and-back Skill Level: Easy

Top Elevation: 9,860 feet

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The others of our group rode the 401!

Riding the 401! “At the top of Schofield Pass, the famed singletrack of the 401 Trail veers right starting with a tough and consistent climb for 1.3 miles through dense trees. Near the top, the grades gets easier, the trees open up, and the views behind you are stellar. The climb isn’t really all that hard – nothing technically – but your lungs will keep reminding you are at 11,000 feet above sea level. Then the payoff begins. The unsurpassed 360 degree alpine views of the Elk mountains, followed by the first of the steady downhill. After descending a few hundred feet, the trail flows fast and gently downhill with stunning views in front of you and flowers all around in mid-summer. For much of the top part of the descent you’re hugging the hillside, with a steep drop to the right, which can mess with your equilibrium. There are a few very skinny sections that are easy but have very bad fall potential. Take your time and savor it! You’ll intersect with the Bellview hiking trail and take a right. This section has several switchbacks and has begun to get a little rutted out, but it’s generally fast and flowy with great traction all the way. When conditions are good, the middle section of the 401 descent is about as fun as mountain biking gets. Once down to Rustler’s Gulch, take a breather because the climbing begins again. This point also provides an exit back to Gothic road if the weather turns for the worse. Otherwise continue your tour through the Ruster’s Gulch camping area, and follow the 401 trail into the meadow above the campsites. The trail climbs for about a mile and is technically a bit harder than earlier sections, though still fine for fit intermediate riders. You’ll pass through a drainage with lots of rockfall, and most people walk their bikes a few feet to get through it. One final descent takes you to a small trailhead on the outskirts of Gothic”

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This is crazy biker chic! Finishing the 401!

 

A bus ride to town with a red solo cup!

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A decorative bike is a must in CB!

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Sunday we hiked Rustlers Gulch 8 total miles

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Trail Type: Out-and-back

Skill Level: Easy to moderate due to length

Top Elevation: 11,400 feet

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These beetles are killing the pine trees in CO.

 

Before we left the fun little mountain town it was time for one last meal!

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Time for a little T-Shirt shopping!

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So long Crested Butte! We had a fabulous time!

The city by the bay ~ San Francisco!

Girls trip to have fun in the city and run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon perfect fit for my blog. Food, Drink and Fitness!

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Here we are boarding a jet plane to the West coast!

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We were luck to have our own personal travel agent with us. Tina she had us make a reservation on the Super Shuttle when we arrived in SFO to save time and money. I highly recommend this for traveling when arriving to a large city that you have never been to before. When we arrived at our hotel we were all tired and ready for sleep.

Good Friday Morning San Fran! This is the view from our hotel. Beautiful!

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The concierge helped our personal travel director giving her directions to the Nike Expo and a popular breakfast restaurant.  We walked to Lefty O’Doul’s and Irish pub. It offered a variety of things. I would say it’s an average place to eat breakfast. Very convenient  for us because it was right across the street from packet pick up.

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Packet pick up was very well-organized you checked in via computer and verified all your information. The person at the registration gave you your bib and a wrist band with your corral number. Then you move to the next line where you pick up your swag bag. Now on to the expo. Once inside the tent there is a huge marquis with names of girls checking in giving some motivation. We venture around the corner and it’s picture time!

Melissa is really running the Half not the Full!

Melissa is really running the Half not the Full!

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Other things offered at the expo were Nike shoe strings, Verizon had a sign up for guessing your mile time from mile 9-10. Whole foods gave away a protein taster and chocolate macaroons. The NUN booth had tasters of their different drinks that were going to be offered on the race course. There were other booths but we didn’t’ feel the need to wait in the huge line.

Off to the Nike store we go. On the windows of the store all of the participates names are listed.  Now it’s time to decide what to purchase for souvenirs.  Many many items to choose from. Lucky we arrived on Friday because there were still smaller sizes available. I was going to buy a pair of the Nike socks made just for this race but when I tried them on they were HUGE on my small feet. So I decided on buying a nice warm up pull over.

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Whole foods offered a free shuttle to the store for a swag bag. So we hopped the shuttle and made a few food and drink purchases. Then it was time to find Nordstrom’s. The girls wanted to do some shoe shopping. This is the place to find shoes for sure.

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Yep these boots are calling my name. I just might have to order them!

Yep these boots are calling my name. I just might have to order them!

After shopping it was time for showers and get dolled up for the theater. Unfortunately in San Fran it’s almost impossible to find a taxi especially for a party of 5.  Lucky for us Roger a limo driver was on break and took us to the sushi restaurant for a donation.

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Our walk to the Orpheum Theater from the restaurant was cold and much father then the 5 blocks that we were told. Pretty scary too! We saw the Wizard of Oz a very good production. The theater was beautiful. It was freezing cold when we left the theater and once again we were challenged to find a cab. We split up in 2 different cabs for the ride home.

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We are all early birds thank goodness because a night owl would not have liked sharing a room with us. Up early and out the door down to the Pier. The farmers market was amazing. Tons and tons of fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, cheeses, meats a chef’s dream come true.

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We found a cute little place to have breakfast. The porridge made out of Farro was delicious and a must have. I need to learn how to make this. AMAZING! I also found the best donut EVER a sweet bread filled with Nutella YUMMO!

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Now it was time to work off some of the food we have been eating. We rented bikes for the day and headed from Pier 1 to Sausalito  over the Golden Gate bridge approximately 10 miles.  Not including the detour we took to visit Lombard street.

Walking up Hyde street to see the famous Lombard street.

Walking up Hyde street to see the famous Lombard street.

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We made it!

We made it!

Time for lunch!

Time for lunch!

What a fantastic day! Stopping in Sausalito for lunch and a bit of shopping then found the ferry for a ride back Pier 1.

Stay tuned for part 2!

Final Countdown!

Week 9

Day 1

Runner 1

Wow that run was a piece of cake compared to my 9 miles last week.

5 x .62 (400 M RI)

Total = 4.64 Miles

Pace = 12.20 (Includes warm up and cool down)

Day 2

Runner 2

What a killer class this morning. My favorite instructor and she played my favorite CD. One of the girls in class was like I am going to knock you out. LOL! I said you will thank me later! Boo Ya! 487 calories burned.

Day 3

I did Body Flow then 3 miles on the AMT Elliptical. I have something going on with my right hip flexor so I wanted to baby it. Deciding when to get an adjustment next week before the race.

Day 4

Learn to Run Strong sent me this! Love it!

Learn to Run Strong sent me this! Love it!

Today I ran.

5.00 Miles

Time =57:45

Pace = 11:33 (Includes warm up and cool down)

Found the groove today finally! Must have been the big ole lasagna dinner I had last night. LOL!

Day 5 & Day 6

Insanity

Insanity OMG! I am so freaking sore from that class. It’s a total love hate relationship. I was planning to rest yesterday and “The Chef” said he wanted to take a hike. So we climbed Mount Garfield. It is a very strenuous hike. For me it was the breathing and for him it was the strength in his legs just having surgery 4 ½ months ago.

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These trails are steep and challenging, and sturdy hiking shoes are recommended due to the rocky terrain and unstable footing. Despite the strenuous climb, however, hikers attest to the spectacular views at the top, making the trek well worth the effort.

 

Week 10 Race Week

Day 1

Runner 3

Does a Half Count?

Nice little run this am. Easy peasy compared to my last 2 workouts even with screaming quads. Going to the chiropractor for my hip flexor this afternoon.

6 x .25 (400M RI)

Total = 3.25 Miles

Time = 43.17

Pace = 13:19 (includes warm up and cool down)

So I’ve been thinking of how to finish off the year. I really want to build up some muscle and get some definition. So that’s my plan starting on 10/28.

This am the chef found a race called the “Mt. Garfield Grumble” basically it’s a race similar to the hike we did on Sunday and I said let’s do it and his response to me was “you are sick” lol!

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Day 2

Chiropractor popped my hip back in. It’s very tender and I totally babied it this morning in kickboxing. He also recommended I wear some compression socks on the plane so my legs don’t get fatigued. I found some of “The Chef’s” teds from surgery that I will put on under my boots.

Day 3

Body flow

Hey Hey! Bodyflow felt so good this am. Legs all stretched out.

Day 4

To be determined probably a 2 mile tempo run.

Day 5

Golden gate

Bike riding over the Golden Gate Bridge

Day 6

RACE DAY!

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Dear Dee-licious Musings…

This is somewhat out of the ordinary blog post for me but since I like to share things for women it does seem fitting.

Early this week my “Mini Me” celebrated her 14th birthday. The morning of her actual birthday my mind was remembering back to her birth and my pregnancy. This is what started my thoughts of a blog post.

"Mini Me" in the NICU!

“Mini Me” in the NICU!

So I asked a few of my girlfriends to come up a few ideas to share with new moms and pregnant ladies.

1. Only gain 20 -25 pounds and don’t eat Dairy Queen Mudslides the last month every night for dessert. (Yes I did this)

2. Sleep when you can and really do take others up on offer to help or ask for what you need it.  Every chance you get.  If someone says I’ll watch the baby while you sleep, DO IT. 

3. To be thankful for the fact that your body can support life, that you carried that baby to term, and are about to witness the miracle of a new life, coming from your womb. 

4. Never compare your post-baby body to anyone else’s.  Don’t look at model/celebrity pics of moms who just gave birth.  They have nannies, and personal trainers, and never have to worry about taking care of anyone else.  You do. 

5.  With a newborn do whatever works! Nursing/bottles, sleeping in their carrier/bed, letting your child sleep in a stroller while you pushed it around the house. Seriously whatever works for those first 4-6 months.

6.  Relax – Choose your battles and enjoy your children, they grow up too fast.

7.  Take time to watch every little change in your child. Let them be who they are without expecting them to be a certain way.

8.  Let your body tell you when it’s time for the baby to come into the world. Don’t try to make it happen too soon. Let it happen naturally.

9.  Getting things done ahead of time–prepping meals, stocking the fridge, using paper plates or convenience items for those first few months. 

10.  Background noise–awesome stuff for sleeping kids–fans, humidifiers, sleep machines and very dark rooms!  And those first 3 months, do whatever you can to get through it because nothing is set in stone with the baby for that “fourth” trimester–so sleeping on you, in a carrier, holding often–just roll with it and give it time.

11. A baby won’t die from crying. It’s OK to put down the baby and walk away if you have to!

12.  Find a good time of day for some peace and quiet for yourself. (Read a book, take a bath or go for a walk) This means time for Daddy to step in and spend some quality time with the baby.

13.  The book “What to Expect the First Year” is a great tool for first time parents. Read to your child from day one. They are little sponges and learn very quickly.

14.  Keep moving while pregnant it will help you feel better.

Giving back…..

American Cancer Society

For those of you who follow my blog on a regular basis know that I strive to live a healthy lifestyle. Our CEO sent out this e-mail this week and I was intrigued.

My maternal grandmother, paternal grandparents all died from cancer. My first thought what a great opportunity for me!

 The American Cancer Society and St. Mary’s Hospital are hosting a kick-off event on Thursday, May 2, at 5:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Advanced Medical Pavilion to inform and encourage Grand Junction residents to enroll in the Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3)

 More about CPS-3

 Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the CPS-3.

  The goal is to enroll men and women from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. to better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and will save lives.  

If you are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer, you are eligible to enroll. Enrollment is easy.  Just follow these simple steps:

Go to cps3Colorado.org to schedule your appointment. The appointment should take approximately 20-30 minutes.  Appointments will take place in the Advanced Medicine Pavilion’s East/West Conference Room.

  • Prior to your appointment, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions to go online and complete your first, most comprehensive survey. This survey will ask you questions regarding medications you are taking, family history of cancer, etc.
  • At your appointment, you will be asked to sign an informed consent form, complete a brief survey, and provide a waist circumference measurement and a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit). The blood sample will be taken by a certified, trained phlebotomist.
  • At home, you will be asked to complete mailed surveys every few years over the next 20-30 years to update lifestyle, medical, and behavioral information.

All personal information and individual results of blood analyses that are performed will be kept strictly confidential by CPS-3 research staff. There will be no cost to participate.

For more information about CPS-3, please visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer.org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

This is our chance to fight back against a disease that takes too much. I hope you will consider participating and taking part in this historic study.

 

Mike McBride

President/CEO

I registered and have my appointment set for the end of June. The first comprehensive survey was very easy but does take about 45 minutes to complete. I was surprised that the only cancer history questions were about my siblings and parents. Be prepared to know detailed information about your fitness, weight levels for your entire life, second-hand smoke, and sun exposure.

 You don’t have to live in Colorado to participate in this research project. Just visit  American Cancer Society CPS 3 and sign up today!

 “By joining CPS-3, you can help us understand how to prevent cancer, which will save lives and give people more of their most precious resource – time. More time with their families and friends, more memories, more celebrations and more birthdays.”

Inspiration = Motivation

Yesterday I just happened to Pin this quote on pinterest.

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How did this pin become motivation for me? Friends of mine wrote me the following messages last night. Wow! Just brings tears to my eyes and greater motivation to share my love for fitness, health and happiness.

Friend #1– Do you know if there are any 5k/10k events Easter weekend in the GJ area? Need to get my feet wet. More walking due to the bad knees thing. I am so inspired by you!

Friend #2–I saw your pin and wanted to let you know that you truly are the reason I am where I am today. You inspired me to work out and to be healthy so many years ago, so thank you for kick starting my passion. You have been an inspiration to many.

  • My response–Awww thank you so much! I can’t believe you are doing a full Marathon way to go! Good luck!What’s really crazy is I ran into you during my crazy adrenaline high in the RnR at mile #9! I hope to continue to inspire many more!

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