Get Use to It

14 Oct

You guys should really get use to me being gone all the time. In a few weeks I will be gone for three months.

Sorry to disappoint you. I know how much you all (maybe like two people) love me and my bitchiness.

It’s all good though. It’s all good.

Anyway

Heyo!

Today included me riding my bike to the gym,

 My awesome bike shorts that give me a butt

sweating on the elliptical, lifting weights, running a mile, and then going to the Marine’s office.

There I did 100 sit ups. Killed it.

Did a flex arm hang for 70 seconds. Died.

Then, my recruiter drove me to the track where we had a tea party where I ran two miles in 18:04. Don’t laugh. I know I fail at running now. I did do my first mile in 6:28. That’s something considering I pulled something in my quad and it hurts like a bitch.

I haven’t run in… a few weeks. Seriously at least. I run at least a mile or two daily, but other than that, I have no desire to run so why force it, you know?

This happened before though except for not that long. I just biked instead everyday. Whatever. I better like running soon since I will be doing it all the time at boot camp.

Aye, I got results and photos from Race the Reaper that I did October 1st.

I game in 5th place in my heap, 51 place overall, and 6th female overall. I feel like I could have definitely done better. Whatever.

As you can see, I was pissed. What’s new?

So, I have been meaning to talk about my acupuncture appointments. I have had three acupuncture appointments and all of them were great. The first time I did it, I had a Groupon.

I did have a problem with my right foot again. After the appointment, my foot did feel better. Then, I went to a new acupuncture place that my mom paid for and, afterwards, my foot felt brand new. It helped so much and I was able to run better immediately. Of course, I still iced my foot, wore compression socks, and toe separater(?) socks to increase my recovery.

Even though I didn’t feel like running, I ran to test out my foot and to see if the acupunture indeed helped. It did in my opinion.

Acupuncture isn’t even painful. Basically, you get very fine point needles put wherever you feel some type of pain. The needles sit there for, like, 30 minutes while you sleep.

“Acupuncture, the treatment of pain and injury using thin, disposable needles, has a history dating back thousands of years in China. Although its practice and theory have evolved since being introduced to Japan, both styles share a similar focus: reducing pain and muscle imbalances by treating specific points of the body. Russ Stram, a New York-based licensed acupuncturist at Brill Physical Therapy, practices a mixed style. “Acupuncture follows Chinese medicine theory with the philosophy of restoring balance to the body,” he explains. “A practitioner takes a thorough history and examines the body for tight and painful areas, choosing points based on the meridian point system.” (Source.)

If you are a runner and are experience some muscle soreness or another type of injury, I recommend acupuncture instead of seeing a doctor who will just tell you to stop running.

“But more than recovery from injury, acupuncture’s greatest potential may come in injury prevention. According to Stram, “Running and training hard, whether it is fast acceleration sprints or long distance, takes a toll on the body. This is especially true of problem areas such as the back, hips and legs, which are most affected by running. Acupuncture needles can get directly to deep muscle bands to maximize the treatment effect. ” (Source.)

I loved acupuncture and will be going back once more before I leave in November.

Also, don’t be afraid to try a few different acupuncture specialists until you find one you like. My first experience with acupuncture was just okay so I tried it again and found someone better who knew what they were talking about. It was fantastic. Don’t be afraid of needles either. You literally feel nothing.

So, I’m going to wrap this up with some honorable eats:

 Tamale w/ tofu

Black bean burger

Not that great tasting, but I like that it’s crunchy
 I just started eating this bread. Love it.

9 Responses to “Get Use to It”

  1. lovemesomeoats October 14, 2011 at 8:56 PM #

    Congrats on getting 6th female overall for your race! I know you not happy with that, but I think thats really good!

  2. Alexandra October 15, 2011 at 3:43 AM #

    Dude isn’t ezekial bread the bomb?! I go through loaves like no ones business haha 😉
    I wanna try acupuncture so bad!
    Sorry to hear you were disappointed in the race results, I’m proud of you! I know you did far better than I ever could, I’m the worst distance runner on the planet for realzz 😛

  3. Diana October 15, 2011 at 3:58 AM #

    THANK YOU for the acupuncture information! That really helped – I’m glad you can’t feel the needles, because I’m a complete wuss when it comes to sharp, generally painful objects. Luckily my foot problems seem to have gone away (for now, at least) but if they return I’ll be sure to seek out some acupuncture ASAP. I think there’s a place nearby that does cheap acupuncture on certain days, so I might look that up just as a preventative measure.

    And in other news, I totally need to purchase some chocolate hazelnut butter. Mmm.

  4. Meg (A Dash of Meg) October 15, 2011 at 4:08 AM #

    yummmm seaweed hummus!? what was that like!? I would love to try that 🙂

    • lifttorun October 15, 2011 at 7:46 AM #

      It was super good. It tasted almost spicy.

  5. Acupuncture Mont-Tremblant October 15, 2011 at 4:31 PM #

    What a wonderfully refreshing blog! I so appreciate that you share your enthusiasm for acupuncture! Keep running and keep writing!

  6. Tara October 15, 2011 at 6:46 PM #

    I’M GONNA MISS YOU. I seriously look forward to you and your bitchiness. I love it. You’re gonna kick ass at boot camp. Anyway, you’re really making me want to try acupuncture since I got this little niggly glute pain. I could do the whole RICE thing, but elevating my butt isn’t very easy.

  7. Ashley October 16, 2011 at 12:35 AM #

    Three weeks?!! That doesnt seem like long at all but Im so happy for you. Acupuncture kind of scares me, but more power to you if you can do it. All you eats look really really good. Ive never even heard of seaweed hummus but I have a feeling I would like it.

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