A New Triathlon

by jenna on May 26, 2009

= Walk, Yoga and Bike! :)

I’ve had quite an active day thus far and I love it! Who says you need to spend two hours in a gym during the day to be fit and healthy?! Not me! First, I walked the mile to yoga class. It was gorgeous and I had to snap some photos because I’m sort of obsessed with my new canon powershot!

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My 90 minute hot yoga flow class was wonderful. SUPER hot this morning and I was sweating bullets during all those chatarungas, dolphin poses, forearm planks and standing splits. I once had a yoga teacher who told the class “I’ve never heard of standing splits killing anyone….but I have heard of them reducing your jean size!” I’ve always remembered that and thought it was funny. You really do totally lengthen out all the muscles in your legs when you do the pose though and build lean muscle all down. It’ll trim your thighs, I tell ya!

After yoga I snacked on a fruit strip as I drove back to my parent’s house with my mom to FINALLY pick up my bike!

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My bike has been sitting in my parent’s garage for a month now because I’ve been too lazy to ride it over to my new home. Well not today! I rode the 4 miles home and finally collapsed in my kitchen after all my exercise and severely needing some lunch.

I was hot and sweaty and craving something cool so I made a big green monster!

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I used 1 frozen banana, about 4 cups spinach, 1 cup unsweetened vanilla hempmilk and 1 scoop of Ryan’s strawberry banana soy protein power. It was dynamite!

On the side, I had one of the homemade granola bars that I made yesterday. Recipe to be found here. I can’t get enough of these things….dangerous! Like Ange said to do, I am keeping these in the freezer and they are perfect straight out. Incredibly chewy and delicious!

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This afternoon I have one last shot for my shin splints. I made an appointment with a podiatrist in town who my sports medicine doctor recommended if nothing else worked (i.e physical therapy). Apparently this doctor is a marathon runner himself and I’m just praying hard for answers and healing because I’m MORE THAN fed up with this whole situation. You all have asked me what I’ve done so far for the pain and I’ve been fitted at the store, gotten new shoes, had my gait analyzed, gotten insoles, seen a physical therapist, seen a sports medicine doctor,  had an MRI, had a bone scan, done strengthening exercises, ran on soft surfaces, worn compression socks, iced and stretched and…………nothing. I hate to sound down but at this point the Nike Women’s Half is going to be my ONE and ONLY race. :(

Bah!

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polly May 26, 2009 at 11:03 am

I hope that appointment goes perfect, sweetie!!!! XOXO

and heck YES! Standing split is the BEST pose EVER!!! :)

except for half moon, o’ course. ;) Those together????

YUMMINESS.

Love you!

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jennk/cinnamonquill May 26, 2009 at 11:04 am

That’s kind of like my condensed tri-workout: spin + walking/jogging in the pool. Ha, it works!

I am sorry to hear about your chronic shin splints; you have been a great motivation to me though, to press on, looking for answers to my running pain. I know you mentioned chi and pose running methods back in the fall, and I’m just wondering if you have pursued any of them further? I’ve been learning Pose for about a month now, and I can say the forefoot strike is gentler than the traditional heel strike, but time will tell. Best!

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Coley May 26, 2009 at 11:06 am

Don’t be discouraged, Jenna! I have had severe hip problems and so badly wish I was a natural runner, and could run long distances without pain. I have finally come to realize that it’s not worth the pain, and I actually enjoy other activities more. I got a road bike, and ride almost daily, along with swimming and yoga. You have other activities you enjoy and are excellent at (YOGA!). Some of us just aren’t meant to be marathon runners!

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The Novice Berker May 26, 2009 at 11:10 am

Awww, I hope everything goes well at your appointment, Jenna. The podiatrist sounds like he’ll be empathetic if he’s a runner too. Good luck!!

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Melissa May 26, 2009 at 11:16 am

Good luck at the doc’s! I hope you get some good news or at the very least some tips for pain relief.

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Angela May 26, 2009 at 11:17 am

I’m really sorry about your frustration with the shin splints. I hadn’t even realized that you had explored all of those routes for treatment! I hope this doctor can help you out…sometimes it takes a LOT of looking before you find the right one.

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Marissa May 26, 2009 at 11:19 am

Good luck at your appointment!

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BethT May 26, 2009 at 11:19 am

The shin splint situation sucks, but you said it yourself – you’re super healthy and fit thanks to yoga and other activities. If distance running can’t be your thing, you’ll find something else to excel at.

Thinking about trying Bikram for the first time this week….I’m simultaneously excited & scared! :0

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Cassie May 26, 2009 at 11:20 am

I love your glass – seadog bluepaw is my favorite! I hope your appointment goes well – you have been a huge inspiration for me, and a big reason why i want to try to get into yoga! I have faith that everything will turn out quite well for you :)

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Shannon (The Daily Balance) May 26, 2009 at 11:22 am

Sounds like the perfect morning! I’m so jealous as I sit here chained to my computer at work!

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brandi May 26, 2009 at 11:35 am

i hope the appointment goes well! I know this has been so frustrating trying to figure out what’s going on and how to fix it.

looks like you’re having beautiful weather, at least!

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Kt May 26, 2009 at 11:39 am

Jenna,
I too can’t run, I always seem to get a slight stress fracture of my foot, I’ve tried it all and relented to riding my bike. Since I’m back into riding I have to say I’m enjoying it more than the running. I ride about 25 miles a day at 13-15 mph and hoping to ride in the MS 150 next year and in September will do one in Orlando. I find that bike riding is just as relaxing, if not more, than running. Nothing better than taking off in the early morning and finding some new road to tackle. Good luck with your shin splints.

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Katrina (gluten free gidget) May 26, 2009 at 11:39 am

Walking places is the best! I need to get my booty over to Yogani to take my free class.

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FitFoodie May 26, 2009 at 11:42 am

The hot yoga class sounds cool! I have a place that offers it near my house…I’ll have to check it out sometime.

Everyone’s drinking these “green monsters” now! I’m gonna have to give in and try it one of these days :)

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Matt May 26, 2009 at 11:46 am

Hang in there! Hopefully you get some good news today!

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Christie @ BeadLuvah May 26, 2009 at 11:54 am

Good luck at your appt. this afternoon!!

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Stacey May 26, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Gosh, I can’t imagine dealing with all of that! I had pulled muscles in both of my legs, but reccuring shin splints? Yuck! I really hope your doc’s appt goes well today so the Nike Half-Marathon wont have to be your last!

I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

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K May 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Glad you’re having a great work out OUT of the gym!! Hope everything goes well at the docs today :)

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skinnyrunner May 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm

good luck with the dr appointment. sounds like an amazing workout today!

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Victoria May 26, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Your new camera looks like it’s working really well. Your pictures look fantastic!

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Stef May 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

That new brand of triathlon is something you should patent! I would TOTALLY sign up for one ;) I love that you carried your yoga mat for a mile to and from! I hope the shot works its magic and that your shins feel better!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Good luck at the doc!! Keep us posted!

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Bec May 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm

wow what a busy day, I am uber jealous of all the hot yoga you have been getting in!

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Ellen (Peace in Motion) May 26, 2009 at 12:41 pm

that green monster and granola bar looks like a lovely summer lunch!

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spicygranola May 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I hope that this new doc can help you. I know how much it sucks to have constant shin pain. I finally got over mine, although I still get a twinge every once in a while. Have you looked into the Pose method?

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Sarah May 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Good luck at the doctors appt. I ran one half marathon in April of 2008 and have since run several shorter races (5k, 10k), which is just about all I can do now. I did walk a half marathon this year though! Sometimes you just have to make some minor adjustments ;-)

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Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) May 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Sorry to hear about the chronic shin splints – I know what a bummer injuries are! I’ve spent over $700 on Active Release Therapy from the chiro, been to a sports medicine doctor, took time off, changed my shoes, iced, ibuprofen – UGH! I’m really learning to enjoy other activities though – yoga and biking are great! Hope the Dr. has some good insight today :-)

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Emily (The Experimentarian) May 26, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Maybe I need to try more standing splits! I can’t wait to try thaat granola bar recipe–maybe with a few tweaks for my own blog. Remember to take care of yourself and those shin splints!

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Mary May 26, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Sounds like you are having an excellent day, Jenna! I hope that the doctor has good news for you.

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Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) May 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Oooh i would totally do a walk yoga bike triatholon! Let’s start one!!!

Good luck at the doctor!! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for ya!

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Katherine May 26, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Sounds like a great triathlon and so nice that you had such wonderful weather! Hoping the good fortune extends to your Dr. appointment. Keep us posted!

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Kristie May 26, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Gotta love the all natural exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise! Those are always the best days.
I’m going to HAVE to try making those granola bars… does Angela ever make something that ISN’T perfect?
Good luck with the shins!!

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Erin May 26, 2009 at 1:51 pm

My runner friend recommended 10 mins of downward dog before going running, and 20 solid mins of down dog and warrior 2 when coming back. It does help. I can emphatise b/c I get horrific shin splints too. I have to ice every day.

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Nicole May 26, 2009 at 2:09 pm

I really hope the appointment goes well for you! As a runner, I cannot imagine having that taken away from me so I’m crossing my fingers and toes and eyes for you.

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Michelle Hisae May 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Aw, babe. It sucks that you can’t get those shin splints under control. Well, it’s kind of out of your control now! At least you have yoga and biking and swimming and walking! There are so many other enjoyable sports out there, and running doesn’t have to be a staple necessarily! Keep your head up and all will be well!

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Michelle Hisae May 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Also, “Eat, Live, Run” is a triathlon in itself. :) Cute.

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Jenn May 26, 2009 at 2:46 pm

I would love that triathlon! I think around good one would be biking, kayaking, and yoga! Or biking, kayaking, and swimming, that would be exhausting! Sorry about the shin splints, I too can’t run my knees can’t take it! Whenever I go walking I have to go with someone else otherwise I end up running and my knees hate me the next day. Best of luck with your shins!

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Teddy May 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Hiya!
I’m curious have you tried making that greens shake in a regular blender? How does it turn out? I would LOVE a vita-mix and know they’re amazing (we use them at school a lot) but I def can’t justify the cost at this time

Teddy

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Woman&Warrior May 26, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Hey Jenna! I just got a juicer and am excited to use it! I was wondering though, have a ever put a banana through the juicer? I have a bunch to use, but wasn’t sure if juicing would work out. I can do a smoothie or bread instead, but…still can you juice a banana? I would add spinach, apple, cuke, or something like that.

Thanks!

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Jenn May 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm

women & warrior – I tried juicing a banana once and does not really work. It was too mushy for my juicer and didnt yield much juice. However if your juicer has a blank plate you can freeze the bananas then push them through with the blank plant, which results in a ice cream texture. Then you can add whatever you like to it. I normally had a little vanilla and some cinnamon and sometimes agave if needed!

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Sharon May 26, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Love the homemade granola bars!

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Woman&Warrior May 26, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Thanks Jenna gal! Those nanners are going into bread. I’ll stick to juicy veggies for juice! Thanks for taking the time.
PS: I’m an everyday reader. Thanks for keeping the good stuff coming. And, you and your fam are still in my thoughts and prayers.

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Kim May 26, 2009 at 6:27 pm

I hope that you can get some answers about your shins! Update us when you can!

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Crystal September 1, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I realize that this was a long time ago and it probably doesn’t matter at this point, but here’s my two cents, anyway. Shin splints are simply too much, too soon, too fast. Rest for at least 6 weeks, then start fresh. sloooooowly. Nike full, 2007 (and three more fulls since then.)

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