Thursday, July 9, 2015

Nuun Elite Team 2015!


The time has finally come! Nuun has crossed the border into Canada and now that all the details have been worked out I am ecstatic to announce that I have been selected to join Team Nuun via Nuun’s Canadian Distributor Red Pine Outdoor! Anyone who knows me knows that I have a tube of Nuun with me wherever I go and when I say wherever, I actually mean wherever. I have received weird looks and comments (no the weird dissolving tablet in my glass is not an Alka-Seltzer) as I pull out Nuun in restaurants, pubs or even awards ceremonies that I have attended. To put it simple, I don’t drink plain water. I MUST have my Nuun. 

No more need to stock up like crazy when in Flagstaff!

If you haven’t tried Nuun then you don’t know what you are missing especially in this hot summer weather we have been having on the West Coast. On hot days, I find myself carrying or stashing a small hand held water bottle with Nuun with me. It also came in even handy this past week when I was running through the smoky air that blanketed the West Coast due to massive forest fires in the area. The ability to wash out the smoky taste mid run was just what I needed. Also on hot days I find that I crave something fizzy post run so I find that just the right dosage of Nuun hits the spot and keeps me away from the terrible bad for you pop. 

Nuun comes in various flavors and is available in many places. Locally here in Nanaimo I know it is available at the Running Room, Atmosphere, Frontrunners, Valhalla Pure Outfitters and Sport Chek. It might be available at other places, but those are the ones where I have purchased it before (prices vary, so shop around). You can also buy online at various places. Personally my favourites are Watermelon, Fruit Punch, Tri-Berry and Orange. I look forward to trying some of the All Day Nuun products as well. So what are you waiting for? Try some Nuun! 
 3 of my favourites!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Post Sun Run Sidelines

So I left my last blog stating I would explain what has gone on since the Sun Run. Coach Matt and I decided post Sun Run to call it a season. We weren't sure what was going on, but rather than try and fight through it, we just shut it down. I saw my doctor again and attempted to request an MRI, but instead he informed me that he had submitted a request for a bone scan the week before. 

The few days after the Sun Run initially made me worried I had another stress fracture. Everything hurt but thankfully slowly the pains went away though so I thought, maybe it's not a stress fracture. I had no idea what was going on. My doctor simply put it down to the fact that my pelvis is twisted (Anterior tilt I believe). I didn't really believe him because it's been twisted for years, so what was the issue now? 

Nevertheless, the bone scan came up the next week and the results came back clear. Woo hoo! Great news; however, all it did was rule out stress fracture and it did not give any idea as to what exactly was going on. I saw many people including Chiro, Physio, Doctor. In the end we did a 2 week end of season break.

Bone Scan

Physio with Mike involved Needles

After the 2 week break I attempted a slow return to running, which was filled with good and bad days. After 10 days I pulled the plug on the running, hit the pool and returned to the gym again. 
 Hello again Island Optimal

I was told by my chiro Abe Avender not set any weight records so I sent this to my trainer Greg Howe to see if he approved of my weight selection. I believe the response was "No"

Here we go again, beautiful weather outside and I was stuck in the pool just like last year. Umm yay? At least I did have a pool buddy for a few runs with Becca who was rehabbing her foot. 

We meet again NAC

After a few weeks in the pool, I began to incorporate runs again and this time it appeared to be going successful. It was about 6 weeks with little to no running. I was pretty cautious and wasn't ready to say I was in the clear until I hit a month without issues. Yep, I wasn't taking any chances. I didn't want to jinx myself. 

Happy to be back running!

I am now well over a month back into running without issues (still not fully sure WHAT the exact issue was but it's gone), other than the regular everyday training stuff, so I am pleased to say that things are going well. I am slowly gaining my fitness back and am striving towards my fall racing goals. Bring it on! In the meantime, enjoy some photos from the last few months.

Thanks to everyone who supported me through my Sundog Eyewear fundraising recently. If you missed out on the discount code, stay tuned as there may be another in the future.

Coaching at the Nanaimo Track Club (Good luck to Alyssa- 800m and Jason- PV off to World Youth Champs)

Tons of fun when my truck broke down in town after leaving the pool. Stupid flex plate

Canada Day fun while running and at work!

Thanks to Happy Water for some discounts!