• The Podiatrist Weighs in on the Situation

    Lesson #6: This fracture business is not only painful, but really inconvenient.

    I was very excited for my first visit to the podiatrist two days after my fracture. I cleaned up, put on some makeup and hobbled to the garage. Looking down the stairs for the first time I had the same feeling when I mistakenly found myself at the top of a black diamond run. I was terrified. Steve waited at the car while I tried to figure out the way down. It seemed like eternity, mustering up the courage for each step.

    Safely in the car, I looked forward to being cleared for a walking boot so I could get rid of these crutches and get back to some semblance of normalcy.

  • Home Essentials for People with Broken Bones

    Lesson #5: Before you leave the room, check around you. It might save a trip.

    I have found some essentials to be important as I recover from my broken left foot. It’s so hard to get around, that whatever you can do to be organized can make you feel a bit more in control of your life and make things a tad bit easier. Please add your favorite things!

  • The Disability from My Broken Left Foot Sets in

    Lesson #4: You will hit bottom – maybe more than once.

    The first morning after the break, everything hurt.

    As I inventoried, most of the pain was a result of the fall. Angry bruises were emerging on my left knee, left thigh and left shoulder blade. I rubbed them with the homeopathic salve that I remembered having in the cabinet. It felt good to massage the aching muscles.

  • Fearless to Fearful in One Broken Bone

    Lesson #3: You can take more pain relievers than it says on the bottle, and you may need it.

    “You can take as many as eight Advil a day for pain”, I remember him saying as I swallowed my first two on the way home from the ER. Fumbling with my new “assistive devices” (aka crutches), my wallet, reading glasses, water bottle and my left slipper, I tried to get out of the car without whacking my foot on the door. Steve came around and relieved me of all but the crutches.

    It was only fifteen feet to the garage stairs and then six stairs to the back door. As soon as I got to the stairs I halted. How do people do this? Bad foot first? Good foot first? Crutches first? The only instructions I recalled were “take small steps.” I mustarded the guts to hoist myself to that first step, but fear overcame me. I stopped and let Steve pass. Again I looked up and decided it was…

  • Was It Broken or Just a Bad Sprain?

    Lesson #2: If you must have an emergency, choose Saturday afternoon.

    The hospital is less than one year old with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a 4-Star hotel – clean, colorfully appointed, generous seating areas, Peets coffee, and even (note to self} valet parking. Steve pulled into the emergency department lot that had mostly spaces reserved for labor and delivery patients. All full.  We double-parked and Steve went for a wheel chair. Security met us through the double doors. “Any knives?” Fortunately I wasn’t feeling snarky, and no, I didn’t have any knives – only a melting baggie of ice.

    The lobby was thankfully all but empty, with only one patient ahead of me. Sharon called us to triage and fitted me with an ID bracelet. 4:10 PM. Blood pressure 140/85, pulse 68. She asked what happened. “I fell off of a ladder while I was pruning a tree”. She didn’t seem surprised and proceeded with what she called a mandatory question. “Are…

  • The Fall that Befell Me

    In a split second, I found myself on the receiving end of a broken bone.

    I have been preaching about bone health for 15 years. Now I am in the throws of broken bones that are having a major impact on my life as I knew it.  In 6–8 weeks, I will be back to somewhat normal; but the memories of pain and fear will likely subside.

    I want to collect those memories and lessons so it never happens to me again. And if it helps you, all the better

  • The Miracle of the Human Body

    I hate to write ANOTHER blog about being pregnant, but because I am two weeks away from my due date, I cannot get anything but pregnancy and babies out of my mind!  When pregnant, it is amazing to witness and experience how amazing the human body is.  Over the past 9 months I have watched my body go through incredible changes while growing another human being and just because it is my third time, it does not make it any less exciting.   More than anything is has been fun to compare pregnancy to pregnancy.

    What is interesting, is that running has become easier and easier with each child.  With my son (my first born) being pregnant was a scary and foreign feeling.  I was nervous that running too much would not let him grow, and acclimating the bladder pressure and body changes while running was very challenging.  Then with my daughter (my second born) a lot of the discomforts that come along with pregnancy and running pregnant seemed less stressful…

  • Boost Your Food!

    I am now 30 weeks pregnant and still running 6–8 miles a day.  One of the things that has allowed me to continue to run through this pregnancy is my healthy diet.  Nutrition for athletes is more than just shoving food in our faces to fuel up for our next events, but it is about choosing the foods we eat carefully so that we can get optimal nutrition.  For example, I have always been a fan of bagels and cream cheese.  They are easy to digest before a run and a nice balance of protein and fat.  While bagels and cream cheese are good for runners and athletes, why not try and bump it up a notch nutritionally?  Rather than just having the plain white bagel with the plain white cream cheese, try something new.  Switch the white bagel to multi-grain and swap the cream cheese for almond butter.  Then to make it even more nutritious, sprinkle sunflower seeds and raisins…

  • US Track and Field Championships

    I just finished watching the US track and field championships that took place over this past weekend in Des Moines, Iowa.  It was so exciting to watch and there were so many phenomenal athletes competing.  The top three in each event is awarded a spot on the US team to compete in the world championships.  If this was an Olympic year, it is the equivalent to making it to the Olympics.  Many of my friends from college and the running community were running in the distance events, so it was fun to have people to cheer for!

    It was clear by watching these athletes that they all treat their bodies with perfection.  Not only are they assisting their training with all sorts of plyometrics and exercises, but also they all take very good care of themselves through nutrition.  Depending on the event, the nutritional needs for America’s top track and field athletes can be very specific and also critical in order to stay healthy and perform optimally.  For distance…

  • Super Bowl Sunday!

    Watching the Super Bowl this past Sunday was so fun!  Obviously I wish that the 49er’s won being from the Bay Area and all, but it was still an exciting game to watch nonetheless.  Football players are so strong and so intense!  They must have stronger bones than any other human on earth!  The way they take and make tackles without getting more hurt blows my mind.  I am an elite runner, which is basically the opposite of a football player, but it is interesting to investigate any similarities that I might share with some of these incredible athletes.

    For anyone that watched the super bowl yesterday, you know that there was a power outage that led to a 30-minute delay during the game.  It was so cool to watch the football players during this time.  Instead of whining on the sidelines about something that was completely out of their control, they were all out on the field doing exercises and drills to stay warm and ready to go back to battle.  This was the first time…