It’s been a week and a half since I first noticed something up with my knee. On Monday, it was confirmed to be a hamstring strain. Over the last few days, I have been heating it per instructions, taking occasional ibuprofen (at work only) and resting. I was able to start stretching it two days ago using a huge rubber band I got when I was in PT for the shin splints in 2011. It helped a little. The discomfort started with my knee, then I could feel it in the middle of the back of my leg. The discomfort seems to migrate each day… lower and lower. This morning I woke up actually thinking it felt pretty good. I am on a heating pad right now and considering going for a walk/jog today. I haven’t been able to fit a yoga class in (worked 20 hours, got about 5 hours of sleep) but hope to tomorrow morning. I am still taking 4 Tissue Rejuventor capsules a day for now.
Since I was feeling bad for myself, I decided to try a new chocolate cupcake recipe I stumbled upon:
These are insane. They are called Mayonnaise Cupcakes. Seriously, made with Miracle Whip. Here is the recipe. I didn’t tell my husband (who loves sweets) what is in the them. He sent me a text at work saying these were the best he has ever had. I frosted them with Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter and sprinkled the tops with Andes chocolate baking chips. Good thing this recipe only made 6!
I have another motivation for wanting to head out in my sneakers today…. I bought myself a birthday present :) After weeks of research, I finally bought a heart rate monitor for my phone. The plan is to use it with RunKeeper. I settled on the Polar Wearlink transmitter with Bluetooth. My phone is NOT on the list. That is where this whole process gets tricky! I use a Galaxy S2 from Sprint. In order to determine this unit would actually work with this phone, I had to search my current operating system, Bluetooth version and the phone’s kernel (huh?). What a mess. Horror stories of some phone just not working with any manufacturer HR monitor, even if listed on the recommendations. I finally took my chances after finding people in forums and reviews with my phone having success with this model. It came last night and worked right out of the package! $62.00 on Amazon! I was a little nervous of the size too (M-XXL). I wear a 34″ or 36″ bra (depends on the bra) and this fits great. I don’t even have it all the way in. The strap is super soft and flexible all the way around too. So…. a walk may be in order, both for my sanity and so I can see how well this HRM actually works!
Going to end this entry with a January recap:
Miles run: 67.1
Cross training days: 2 (FAIL!)
Running gear purchased: HRM monitor, running jacket, 2/3 capris, socks (1 pair) ** trying to keep myself under control by forcing myself to list my purchases! **
Injuries: Strained right hamstring, blister on left foot (changed laces, that helped!)
What I ate too much of: Snapea Crisps
What I didn’t eat but love: chips. All chips.