My Life this coming week

as you may or may not know..when im not pretending to be the best party/event planner/student in the world..i work as a florist..this coming week..my life is over, for Valentines is quickly approaching us..this next week I will be putting together bouquets of babys breath and roses until i puke..which means one thing

WERK

 

have a fun and safe weekend every body!

Snowmagedon

We survived Snowmagedon twenty eleven!

It was a crazy past few days here in Wisco…between the total white outs, winds up to 50 mph and countless mounds of snow, we were all able to dig out and manage to have some fun while we were at it.

Literally EVERYTHING was shut down Wednesday morning..the HIGHWAY was shut down…when that happens you know youre 2 steps away from the world ending…So while everyone sat bundled up in their houses claiming “Woe is me” my roommate and i took the advantage to get out and GET MOVING..best . day. ever

One of the busiest roads in MKE…Empty

Our adventures took us to the moon..I mean the lake..one of the weirdest scenes I have ever encountered…it was UNREAL how the beach had transformed into something extra terrestrial.

This day taught me an important lesson..when in doubt..

Go explore

Even though you may have lived in the same town for your whole life..there are still so many wonders out there that have yet to be unearthed


When you Assume..

I still remember the day I thought my life was over.

I had just started running again after kind of slacking one winter, and my lower legs felt like they were suffering from the worst DOMS ever..whatever, my legs would get over it, and I’d be fine in a few days.

Not so much..I kept running an the pain got worse, I could barely walk down stairs to leave my apartment…it seriously felt like someone had taken a sledge hammer to my shins and then topped it all of with a nice chainsaw.

I automatically assumed: Shin Splints…fml, the front of my calves were in so much pain, i couldnt even touch them.. i freaked out, and then spent  A LOT of money trying all sorts of things to get them fixed.

First up:
I was convinced it was my shoes..so off to the running store i went, and 175$ later i walked out with a new pair of asics and these:

Did it help my problem…not so much..crap

Next up: Physical Therapy

I spent countless hours getting massaged (aka feeling like i was getting the shiz beat out of me), hooked up to weird machines and endless calf stretches..after going there for a few months, I still had pain when I ran..well that was a waste of time

My PT recommended Orthotics because i had like the worst arches known to man..so another 146 dollars later..i had my self a pair of sexy orthotics…which helped alleviate all the back pain i had from standing on my feet for 8 hours a day at work..but did nothing for my shins..

Now i was broke, and in pain..all for the love of running

I threw in the towel and became ever so reliant on ibuprofen, popping a few before I wanted to go for a run, it helped, but as soon as it wore off my shins were screaming bloody murder.  This was it..i was done running forever..I spent so much money trying to fix the problem, thinking that QUANTITY would rule of QUALITY.

I remembered a time when a PT mentioned how weak my hips looked while running..which lit that shiny light bulb in my head; What if my pain wasnt because of flat feet or tight calves, but instead coming from some completely different area of my body.

I went home and did some research..and BAM ..i saw an article entitled

“Weak Hips may Lead to Runners’ Lower Leg Injuries”

DUUUUUH..total wake up call.

“the hip muscles are responsible for stabilizing the leg during running, if these muscles are weak, or become fatigued easily, there is less control of the leg and the risk of injury increases.”

All these years my PT had been telling me how important it was that I do hip strengthening exercises, and i totally brushed them off because stretching and doing exercises were BOOORING..4 years later..i finally started to listen.

I started doing serious hip exercises, and in 4 weeks, shin pain is gone…wow..

Exercises included:

  • Abduction/Adduction Machine- 3 sets of 10 for both
  • Squats-lots
  • Lunges-lots
  • Resistance band squats

If I would have just heeded to the advice of doctors and not jumped to make assumptions, i would not only have stronger hips, but have an extra 250$ in my pocket…

Lesson Learned: Listen to the experts, and realize that just because there is pain somewhere, does not always mean that the pain started there

Hip Weakness=Lower Leg Pain/Wanting to cut your legs off