June 9, 2010

When summer vacation really means vacation!

I'm back from my first weekend getaway of the summer to Toronto and it was amazing! I had so much fun with my mom and it was so relaxing! My trip was filled with insanely high towers, some altitude sickness, an old Courthouse with great pizza, relaxing by the pool, starting a new book, touring Toronto, watching some baseball, drinking some beer, an all-by-myself adventure on the harbor, a brewery tour (and more beer!) and a wonderful massage before taking off back to the states.

Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure:

The view from our hotel room

Toronto from the CN Tower

New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays
Rogers Centre

Moms and me

Toronto skyline from the harbour

Steamwhistle Brewery

Now with that I have to talk about my knee. Last week after my 3 miler, I was stretching and felt something in my knee pop and ever since, it has hurt like hell. I had a 3 miler and a 6-8 miler on the agenda for Saturday and Sunday and decided before I even left for Toronto that I was going to switch that to Sunday and Monday. Well, I ran my 3 miles on the treadmill on Saturday and felt ok but woke up Sunday morning and as soon as I got out of bed, my knee totally buckled and I could barely walk all day. Needless to say, I skipped my run. I wanted to run my planned 5 miles today but was in a lot of pain all day so I tested it out for a walk with my sister at the park. We walked a mile and a half and now I'm in bed icing my knee. My plan for tomorrow? Ice diligently 20 minutes on and off and see how I feel for Thursday before planning to go for a run, but other than that I don't know what to do!

So, bloggers who run or runners who blog, any advice? My next Half is in 19 days and I'm starting to freak out!

Sorry for the mini rant session, but hey - it's about something to do with my 25 before 25 so I'm allowed!

And now, things I'm looking forward to this week:

Babysitting my 3-year-old niece and baking with her again tomorrow morning.
Going for an amazing pain-free 5 mile run on Thursday (I hope!)
Summer Weekend Getaway #2 this weekend to Baltimore for the Mets at Orioles!

What are you looking forward to this week?


  1. Glad you liked T.Dot. The skyline always looks like a postcard.

    As for your knee - maybe get it checked out.

  2. massage your knee lightly, and if you still have your gym membership get on a recumbant bike and just leasurely do one or 2 miles on the bike to get the blood flowing back to the knee to begin the healing. then do ice 15 min then heat for however long and then ice another 15 min and heat again for however long. This should help with faster healing. but only use the heat if the inflamation has already gone down significantly.
    I am looking forward to sunday when i dont have to work and i get to go to my friends nieces 2 year bday party.
    Hope your knee is feeling better soon!

  3. Ahh I say don't push your knee if you hurt it more you may be out for a while and not be able to run your marathon which is the ultimate goal. Give your body time to heal. If you cant run this half, atleast you know that your knee will be ready to train again.
    Amazing pictures. I have always wanted to go to Toronto.
    This weekend I will be in Mass. heading to the beach and then going to DMB!!

  4. Heya -- especially since you felt something "pop," I'd make an appointment with an ortho if your next run is painful! Better to get it checked out than do do further damage, right? GOOD LUCK!

  5. Ahh, Toronto looks incredible! So glad you had a great trip!

    As for the knee pain - I would definitely ice as much as possible, but also substitute a few runs with a different exercise, like swimming or the eliptical, to give it a break. I would also work on as many core exercises as possible - I once had a physical therapist tell me that all injuries stem from core strength, as crazy as that sounds! Good luck!

  6. Hmmm, a pop is never good, and either is the feeling of a tear. I would say go and see your doctor if you can. Knee health is very important and not something to mess with. Just get it checked out, if you can, see a sports doctor and recount it all!

    Sounds like a nice weekend! I LOVE baseball!

  7. Sounds like you had a greattt weekend! Sorry to hear about your knee :-( We have a chance of rain here all weekend but only like 40% so I hope your trip isn't ruined!! Take good pics of my hometown while you're visiting :-) Where do you plan on visiting?

  8. You heard something pop!? That does not sound good. I'd take it really easy, def keep icing - several times a day. You might even think about seeing a doc about it if it doesn't get better in the next couple of days. :(

  9. im sorry about your knee! when i was playing softball and having knee problems, the dr told me to ice for 15 then use the heating pad for 15 and switch until it started feeling better, but if you heard something pop, you might want to get it checked out!!

    it looks like you had a fun trip though so yay for that! :)

  10. seriously take it easy on that knee... it's one of the worst things to hurt, and if you continue to push yourself, it will only get worse. even if you have to take an entire week off, it's better than damaging it. and you can always run this half at a slower pace/walk some of it if it helps. the marathon is the ultimate goal!

    glad you're getting to so many ballparks, that's so great and i'm definitely jealous. i may have to do something like that some day. maybe follow the mariners around the country. (since they're doing so well... or wait....) ah, baseball. it is so cruel sometimes. especially being a Seattle fan!

  11. I hope the yankees LOST, lol.

    Sounds and looks like a great time though! :) Praying for a quick knee recovery, especially with your race coming up!

    And I awarded you on my blog today...be sure to come and get your prize! :)

  12. Honestly I would go to the Dr but that's just me. Looks like you had a great time in Toronto! Hope your knee feels better.

  13. Thanks for stopping by the [Life of Meg] Mingle Party!!

    LOVED your story add-on! You're TOO cute! :)

  14. I love your blog! I actually have the same goal as you- reading newsweek's top 100 but before my 21st birthday, How cool! My knee dislocated every time I run and here is my advice. Spend a week or so on the bike at the gym, its the only that will strengthen it without killing. Ice tons. And get a good knee brace that is comfortable to run in. If you aren't careful it will keep happening.

  15. Well bf & I are hugeee into punching with volkswagen like the commercials.
    But the main game we play is with Yellow, Orange and Pink cars (& yes we've seen 2 pink cars) Yellow cars are 1 point, orange cars are 2 points and pink cars are 3 points and whoever has the most points wins. You just yell out like yellow car or whatever & it doesn't count for like tractor trailers or taxis or things like that!!

  16. Hey I found you from Meg's little Mingle Monday!

    I LOVE the concept of your blog!! I am going to be 23 as well this year and have always wanted to have a list to things to do before 25.

    Toronto looks beautiful!! I am glad you had so much fun! I see you are from Boston, are you a Red Sox fan? How much did it pain you to see the Yankees play?

    Good luck with the running and I hope your knee is better for tomorrow!

  17. awesome pictures! you and your mom are beautiful! hope your knee gets better!

  18. Just stumbled on your blog. Love your 25 before 25 list. I have a bucket list on my blog but no end date. Maybe I should pick a date to do tasks by to make it more motivating!


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