Lon-short run, Shakes & Pics


As you know, I’ve been taking my running easy – only running 3 times a week: one recovery, one for speed, one long. Today was a long run day and I haven’t ran over 3 miles in a few weeks now so I decided to aim for 6.

Colin agreed to accompany me just in case anything bad happened. Oh and by “agreed” I mean reluctantly was forced to come.

nice socks Colin! ;)

All started out well but quickly into the run my hip started acting up, surprise, surprise and then it just traveled down my leg. My foot is killing and my ankle was brutal so I called it quits after 4 miles. We had to walk the whole way back. sigh.

I wish I could’ve gotten someone to take a picture of Colin doubling me on the bike as we rode home for a longer stretch :) but alas I suck as a blogger and didn’t enlist anyone πŸ˜‰

I don’t know what is wrong with my body. I’m trying to be good and obey instructions but it’s KILLING me. I want so badly to be able to complete this relay…oh well enough of the pity party. I’ll just keep trying to figure out what’s going on and just enjoy the fact that I got outside with the hubs on a beautiful Sunday afternoon :)



Logan is at the Toronto Zoo today with my sister and Dan :) so I don’t have any pics of that to share with you so I thought I’d share these…..

Don’t let his facial expression fool you, Rex loves when Logan puts his bowls on his head….

are you f***in' kidding me

This was from last weekend but Colin just sent it to me and I thought it was cute enough to share …..



This smoothie/shake that I made after todays run was so good I just had to share it with you! it was 1000 times better than the last one I made.

Peanut butter Strawberry-banana Milk Shake:

  • 4-5 halved strawberries
  • 1 half of a chopped banana
  • 1-2 Tbsps smooth peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup 0% low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soya milk


this shake had about 28G of protein in it too. Yum, Yum, Yum!



1. how long was your run today??Β 

2. did you get out and enjoy the nice spring weather??

3. ever have ankle/foot pain so bad you had to stop running???


46 thoughts on “Lon-short run, Shakes & Pics

  1. Oh man, that sucks that you had to end the run. Been there. I did a 4 miler yesterday. I had to stop after mile 2 to stretch the achilles, and it was super windy (every run has been super windy lately!) But I got it done so I was happy :) Hope you recover from the pain quickly!

    • awww that sucks that the achilles is still being a bother. Seriously WHEN DO INJURIES END?!!?!?!?and I am such an idiot I haven’t even creeped your new post!

  2. Oh yes I have had ankle/foot pain so bad I had to stop! After our first half marathon we waited 5 days to run again and I could only go a mile! I immediately went to Urgent Care to make sure I didn’t have a stress fracture, just an overuse injury but then it lead me to DNF in a 15K race :(

    Feel better and rest up!

  3. Ugh, stupid hip! Unfortunately it seems like when things are wonky with your hips, you can guarantee it’ll migrate down to your toes on that leg. I hope it’s better today!! And i’m super jealous Colin rode alongside/infront of you. I may be buying Josh a bike specifically for that purpose haha

    • Yes, I guess it is all attached. and I hope Josh will go. To be honest I already had a pretty expensive bike so I just bought Colin a cheap one at Canadian Tire (which you won’t have) and then bartered them down to $100 πŸ˜€

  4. Sorry to hear about the failed run Ali! I had some issues yesterday as well. I can’t help but notice that it looks like your Tommie Cooper compression sleeve is upside down. I have the same knee sleeve and the “Tommie Cooper” logo is on the bottom of mine. Just curious!

    • Hey Steve that sucks that you had a similar workout yesterday. It’s no fun.

      In regards to the tommie copper sleeve they actually changed the marketing on the newer ones. I have one with it on the bottom too. But I totally see how that’s confusing. When I got my second one I emailed to make sure there wasn’t some kind of error.

      • Aww, that makes sense. Hey, at least your bad run was on a training day. Mine was in a race! lol Do you think the sleeve is helping? I can’t believe how light weight it is! I haven’t run with it yet. I bought one in Jacsonville at the Expo for the Gate River Run because this one hadn’t come in yet. That one didn’t help at all!

        • I definitely find TC sleeves help me. I used my calves sleeves too sometimes. I really notice a difference even if I strap them on after a workout

  5. Sorry you had pains all down your leg and had to quit partway into your run. Still…4 miles is nothing to sneeze at and it’s probably a better distance to start building up again, rather than 6.

    You are lucky to have Colin come along with you, even if reluctantly. My hubby outright refuses.

    Today I was aiming to run 9-10k with my group run today, but only managed 6.72k. More b/c of my injured ankle, and less to do with sore legs from yesterday’s run. But yes, I made sure to enjoy the great weather yesterday AND today. πŸ˜€

    Hope you have a great Sunday!

    • lol I laughed and laughed at this comment πŸ˜€

      Colin isn’t athletic at all and doesn’t own the proper clothes, thus jeans get tucked in socks

  6. Ugh- running injuries are the worst. My twisted ankle stopped me in my tracks two weeks ago too, so no long run for me. :( Hoping to get back out there soon! Hope you enjoyed your Logan-free day, what a nice treat!

    • I hate ankle injuries the most. For whatever reason they scare me. I am so ready to get running “normally” again and I am sure you are right there with me πŸ˜€

  7. Okay, I am absolutely in love with that picture of Logan and Rex, it made me DIE laughing!! Too cute! And dang woman, you are a smoothie genius, I must make that for a snack right now πŸ˜€

  8. I’m pretty much over not being able to run too. And now with my back seizing up, I’m just not a nice person to be around some days. I got my son to strap up my back like the physio did and have had some relief but it looks like I’m being held together with electrical tape. Be patient and I’m sure it will improve gradually. That’s what I keep telling myself.

    • You could be my dress fairy if we lived closer. I had a look on your web site and it’s a great idea to have a guide for different shapes. I’m fairly okay with the dress shape, it’s just finding one in appropriate fabric now. Thanks so much for your offer of help.

    • That sucks Heather – I totally know how that feels. I must’ve told everyone on the trail I was injured like a big nerd πŸ˜‰ lol Colin was laughing at me but I felt so silly walking along side him πŸ˜›

    • I think it’s my shoes too. I told Colin, as I was yelling on the trail – I haven’t had ONE good run in them…..can’t really afford other ones so I”m going to get some insoles. I really want to try the sole Airrs

      hmmm I also did my speedwork in my older brooks and then the back of my heel hurt (which was my issue before that’d finally gone away) it really is all in the shoes. I think I may just go get a pair of Ghosts. when I tried them on I loved them :)

  9. Yikes on the pain. I have bad calf issues due to an almost healed sprained ankle. Lately if I see dirt to the side of the pavement – I run on the dirt – it helps!! 6 miles yesterday – love the weather!!!

  10. Oh my gosh, Tappan did this with me a time or two (once last November during a 20-miler) and I loved it. So nice of Colin to do it with you!

    Wow that’s quite the hill….nice work on your run, I’m impressed my friend! That’s smart to do the three purposeful runs per week, I like that idea.

    I had a pretty great long run this weekend on Saturday morning, love my running group.

    • I actually remember reading those posts believe it or not πŸ˜‰ and I remember being envious. I felt so cool with someone biking next to me :)

      oh and that trail is slightly downhill the whole way and then slightly uphill back…..so it’s fun to do πŸ˜€

      and I miss running in a group! Can’t wait till I’m all healed so I can go out for long runs again

  11. I’m so sorry you were in so much pain :-( I hope you’ve been resting up and are feeling a bit better now!

    I can understand you’re frustration about the fact that you are doing what you’ve been told and yet you’re in huge amounts of pain and unable to be properly active. It’s a really difficult thing to have to deal with and there is unfortunately no easy way out. I know how you feel, for the past few years I’ve been given all sorts of conflicting advice and instructions from doctors, hospital consultants, nurses, physios… And the frustration is not understanding, and especially non of the specialists being able to say what’s wrong or what will help! I’m scared of making myself worse…

    On a lighter not Logan looks adorable in that last photo of him, such a cutie! And your smoothie sounds exactly my sort of thing :-)

    • Sophie, I appreciate all of your lovely sympathy but I don’t think what I’m going through is even a thread close to what you’ve had to deal with throughout your life. This small glimpse into the professionals not being able to tell me what’s wrong has taken a huge toll on me, so I am so sorry that you have had to deal with that, ongoing, for all this time :( You are one tough cookie!!!!! very inspiring :) so thank you xoxo

      I totally agree with being scared to make it worse. Especially when the advice is “run, but be smart about it” <—-umm say what? I wish they could say what types of pain are ok and which are not. The smoothie was a greta choice, I made another one today!

      • Thank you Ali :-)

        Urgh tell me about, I get that some pain is good pain but I don’t remember what no pain is like so I don’t trust myself to differentiate between ‘good pain’ and ‘oh-shit-you’ve-done-major-damage-to-yourself pain’!

        Hope you’re okay hun! <3

  12. Be careful not to overdo it! (I know you know this)
    Maybe look into getting the MRI. It really can reveal a lot and you can always schedule it now and if something changes or you get better then just don’t go through with it. Although like I mentioned before the MRI with injections hurt and made me mutter some obscenities, I never would have been diagnosed without it!

  13. I’m going to say something that you don’t want to hear.

    You need to take it easy. Drop the speed run altogether. Right now, you are fighting an injury and speedwork is the biggest thing that’s going to compromise recovery. If you can just do the mileage, it’s easy enough to add speedwork back in.

    Try to build your volume back up gradually. As difficult as it is, it’s like starting to run in the first place. Doubling your mileage isn’t good.

    You may need to adjust your goals for the race. I’m not saying you can’t do it, but if the distance puts you in intense pain 2 weeks before, you need to consider that. Is it more important that you run this race, or is it more important that you are able to continue running for years? I would seriously consider adopting a run/walk strategy to complete the distance.

    • Thanks Deb. You’re right.

      I know I can run fast if I need to and I know it’ll come back once everything is healed. I’ll just run easy and I’ve decided to walk through all the aid stations or perhaps do 10X1’s πŸ˜€

    • ok will do – oh and I will also walk down the hills, as so not to jar anything :) that way I can go up them faster and walk down to recover. I think that’s a good plan b/c although you get lots of speed on downhills that’s where bad things can happen :)

  14. I just happened upon your blog looking for a shake to drink for my run today. I don’t know your full story but I also have been out of running for 3 weeks because of hip pain that radiated to my upper thigh. I’ve been seeing a physical therapist which took away my walking around pain but I tried a 6 miler and the pain was back. (The P.T. can’t seem to tell me exactly what’s wrong. Deep muscle strain they think.) The p.t. assistant did some light massage and it seemed to help. This gave me an idea to get some deep tissue massage. I Googled sports massage and a chiropractor’s office came up. Even though I’ve done acupuncture in the past, with awesome results, I just wasn’t convinced of going to a chiropractor. But I was just going for some ART/deep tissue massage. They took X-rays of my hip, which I was like, “I don’t have a fracture…why are they doing this,” but the chiropractor said my hip was significantly out of alignment. Before I had a chance to describe what the P.T. had found when they watched me run on the treadmill. The chiropractor described exactly how that would make me run and the pain it might cause me, which of course matched what I had discovered through the P.T. He did an adjustment and some ART and I am going to try an 8 miler today. I hope all goes well. I am a few weeks behind in my marathon training and it is making me so sad! I still have hope!

    I hope all goes well with finding and fixing your injury. I also can’t wait to try your shake!

    • Hey Nichole,

      Thanks for visiting and filling me in on your experience. I still never got a diagnosis but I have been cleared for bone issues, so that’s great. I am starting physio next week :)

      I was off for a while due to this hip/groin issue so it was quite stressful.

      I am so happy you ran a half marathon distance with no pain. Maybe I’ll look into a deep tissue massage πŸ˜€ thanks!

  15. I didn’t just do an 8 miler. I was feeling great. I thought to myself…before the injury I got up to 10miles. So why don’t I just increase that by 2 (which is on my normal training schedule which I missed). Then I was like, heck if I’m going 12 miles, I might as go 1.1 more and make it a half marathon. I did it! I’m not sure if it was the adjustment or the deep tissue massage but I’m feeling great! I know I went against dr.’s orders and one should not do that and I took a big risk (I’m trying to cover every negative reply this post might bring) but I’m glad I did. I’m now back on my training schedule. Just keep going to different specialists until you find the answer. I hope you do!

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