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Fun news #1: I’m teaching my first yoga class tomorrow!!! My supervisor at the Y asked if I would like to sub a class and I decided to go for it. At the Y, you just have to be in the process of getting your 200-hour RYT (registered yoga teacher) to teach so here goes nothing. I’m teaching a pretty basic power flow and I feel comfortable with it. I’m going to try to relax and have fun. Full report to come on how it goes. I need to work on my playlist after I finish this post!

Fun news #2: We’re going to visit some of our very best friends from law school, Cristen and Graham, this weekend. They live in south Georgia so I’m taking a half day tomorrow so we can get on the road. I’m beyond excited about a weekend of hanging out and catching up. The weather is supposed to be beautiful with highs in the upper 70s and plenty of sunshine. I might plant myself outside on Saturday and not move!

This picture was taken in May when Cristen and Graham came to visit right after we’d moved into our house. Also, they have the cutest red-headed almost two year old! I can’t wait to see her!

(edited to add – I know un-fun is not a word! :))

When I woke up this morning I could hardly straighten my left knee without pain in the back of my leg. I thought maybe I was just tight/sore from running so I decided to go to ashtanga anyway. I had the worst practice that I have had in a very long time. It hurt to straighten my leg in down dog and forward folds. Everything was really tight and not feeling good and I completely felt like I was not even in my own body. I ended my practice by spending time on the foam roller instead of in savasana.

I was really uncomfortable at work this morning and feeling a lot of pain in my back and leg. I finally couldn’t take it anymore and at 10:30 I called Dr. Matz’s office and was able to get in to see him over my lunch break. We talked about my fall, dealing with the pain I was feeling and next steps. Thankfully, Dr. Matz was able to help out so much with my pain and I felt tons better when I left. I understand what is going on with my body and how I need to heal it.

That said, I’ve decided to take the weekend off and give my body a break. I haven’t taken two consecutive days of rest since after the marathon last fall and I think that my body is telling me loud and clear that it’s necessary for recovery. The extent of my workouts for the next couple of days will be walks and time on the foam roller (and hopefully I’ll be able to shoot the video and get the pictures for the Foam Rolling 101 post done!).

I have to admit that I’m struggling to deal with all of the backlash from this fall. It’s very frustrating to be injured…especially when I was not in control of my body when it happened. Also, I hate to keep talking about it on the blog but I also want to be real with you guys. I wish I could just tough this out but I can’t. Hopefully after this weekend I’ll be back to normal.

Enough serious! How about some food.

I treated myself to one of my favorite lunches after my appointment.

Sorry for the low-quality picture but all I had to work with was my BlackBerry. I picked up a tofu chicken salad sandwich and a kombucha from Berrybrook Farm. I so want to try to recreate this at home. It is so good and I’ve been craving it all week.

I had to teach BodyPump after work. It was too late to find a sub but I made it through class. I didn’t participate in anything that hurt my back. Also note that when I teach yoga tomorrow I will not practice with them, just coach them through it.

Tonight was taco night!

We snacked on chips and salsa while we cooked.

Two chicken tacos with black bean refried beans.

Off to create my playlist and pack!

{ 27 comments… add one }
  • Abby February 17, 2011, 10:35 pm

    I really appreciate that you talk about your injury on the blog. Being injured sucks! There are so many emotions that go with it, and they can be difficult to talk about. But injuries seem to be something that almost any runner or athletic person can relate to. Talking and reading about it has helped me, and I’m glad you can write about it here. 🙂

    • Jen February 19, 2011, 10:28 am

      Thank you for the positive words Abby. I really hate being injured but I know it comes with being active. Sometimes it’s hard for me to write about being injured on the blog because I feel like I’m bringing people down but I know that’s not the case. Again, thank you for the reminder that’s it’s okay to be frustrated with an injury

  • Brittaney @ Fit Chick Britt February 18, 2011, 12:21 am

    So sorry to hear about you knee pain 🙁 Very excited to hear that you’re teaching a class tomorrow. From what I can see you’ve been working so hard. Do you have any good flows for runners you’d like to share? I need more yoga in my life. Thanks 🙂

  • Alaina February 18, 2011, 1:25 am

    I hope you feel better soon! And that after your resting weekend, you’ll be back in tip top shape. 😉

    Good luck with the yoga class! I’m sure you’ll do great.

  • Claudie February 18, 2011, 3:44 am

    First, congrats on teaching your first yoga class tomorrow! I wish you lots of success!

    And second, I hope you get better really soon. I myself dealt with a similar injury in the past couple of months, and it was truly “annoying” at best. Some rest will definitely do you good 🙂 (And you are still as tough as without it! 😛 )

    • Jen February 19, 2011, 10:30 am

      Thank you for the good luck wishes and the reminder that rest is good! You’re the best!!! 🙂

  • Becky February 18, 2011, 7:13 am

    So sorry to hear the you’re still dealing with the effects of that fall. It was definitely jarring to your body. You are doing the best thing you can by resting. I hope that you feel refreshed after your weekend with friends.

    Congrats on your first yoga class! I’m sure it will be awesome! Good luck!

    • Jen February 19, 2011, 10:31 am

      Thank you so much for the kind words Becky. I just can’t believe that my back is so messed up from one little fall. So annoying!

      Have a great weekend!

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad February 18, 2011, 7:13 am

    Thanks for talking about your injury. You are being real! It’s not all rainbows and butterflies (unfortunately)!

    Have fun this weekend with your friends. Hopefully rest, warm weather, and sun is all you need to get better!

    • Jen February 19, 2011, 10:33 am

      So true Kristy – it is not always good times and I need to be okay with sharing those kind of feelings on my blog too.

      Hope you have a great weekend too!

  • Brooke @ Veggie Table February 18, 2011, 7:28 am

    Hope a relaxing weekend makes you feel better! Stay positive 🙂

  • Kira February 18, 2011, 8:52 am

    I think what you’re talking about is really difficult. When I fell running on Thanksgiving and bruised my ribs, I think there was some anger on my part towards myself for being clumsy, the bridge that I tripped on, whatever. Falls are hard, especially if you end up injured for days afterward. Hope a few days rest is just what you need!

    • Jen February 19, 2011, 10:35 am

      Thanks Kira. I agree that falls are hard to deal with – it’s just not something that happens to us much as adults. I have been really frustrated with the fall and replaying the situation over and over again in my head. I trusted someone else to be in control of my body and unfortunately it didn’t turn out well. I’m hoping that my back feels normal again soon and I can on with life and put this behind me!

  • Jen February 18, 2011, 8:57 am

    What a fun weekend! I hope your first yoga class went well. And I cannot wait to take one of your classes 🙂

    I’m so sorry to hear you’re still not healed from the fall. Feel better soon!

    • Jen February 19, 2011, 10:36 am

      Thanks Jen! I can’t wait to teach all of you! 🙂 I definitely could use some practice teaching sessions if you guys are game!

      Have a great weekend…so much THANKS to Jeff for his help on Thursday. I owe him big time!

  • Kristen February 18, 2011, 11:26 am

    As a fellow instructor, dealing with an ongoing back issue. I am thankful that you are talking about your process. I feel similar as I am telling my classes about what I’m experiencing (that I’m talkign too much about it), but I am doing it because I want to make sure that no one else has to deal with what I’m dealing with.
    We constantly tell people to “listen to their bodies”, yet we (read: me) feel we need to push through. It is hard to follow our own advice. It is good to show our students that we are human to. It has also helped me mentally to talk about it.
    I’m sending healing thoughts your way. Back injuries (and knee injuries- I’ve got those too!) are no joke.

    Congrats on your first yoga class, I’m very excited for you!


    • Jen February 19, 2011, 10:43 am

      Kristen – thank you so much for your comment. I am so guilty of telling other people to listen to their bodies and ignoring my own. This is an issue because I do want to be a good fitness role model for others and I want to take care of my body so that I can continue doing all of the things that I love.

      The knee is feeling much better – it was directly related to my back injury. Hoping after a weekend of rest that I’ll be back to normal.

      Again, thank you! Have a great weekend.

  • ashley @ one hot mess February 18, 2011, 12:45 pm

    So sorry you’re feeling so badly. Maybe this week off is just what you need.
    BTW – I’ve tried out 2 flavors of the Kombucha drinks but I haven’t found one that doesn’t taste terrible. Any recommendations?
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

    • Jen February 19, 2011, 10:46 am

      I love the Synergy Kombucha drinks – http://www.synergydrinks.com/synergy_enlightened.aspx. Have you tried the ones in the link that are 95% kombucha and 5% fruit juice instead of the 100% kombucha? Maybe that would help? I definitely think it’s an acquired taste but I love it!

  • AlaskanAlison February 18, 2011, 1:32 pm

    Yikes, I hope you start feeling better asap!

  • kat February 18, 2011, 2:58 pm

    So sorry to hear that you’re still hurtin’. But rest days are a good idea – enjoy them without guilt!!! Also, I can’t help but notice a comment above re: the Kombucha drinks and I must second the writer; I haven’t liked the ones I’ve tried! The stringy/slimy stuff freaks me out. Are they all like that? If not, I’d love to hear which ones taste really good. Hope you have fun in GA!

    • Jen February 19, 2011, 10:49 am

      Thanks Kat!

      I left a comment above with some suggestions on kombucha brands/flavors. Most of them do have the culture strands in them but you just have to kind of ignore it. It’s a bit of an acquired taste but I love them and they are soooo good for you! 😉

  • lindsay cotter February 18, 2011, 8:05 pm

    oh congrats! Hope the knee gets better before you sub. I know its so frustrating! I am in the same boat. Look at the postive though, you’ve got time to heal and focus on your yoga. And spendign time with friends will help.

    • Jen February 19, 2011, 10:50 am

      Thanks so much Lindsay! The knee is feeling so much better – it was directly related to my back pain. Hopefully after my weekend of resting I will be back to normal!

  • Lori February 21, 2011, 9:17 am

    Your arms look great!

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