Injured Training and Musings Week 6

I believe this is week 5 of being injured.  It still hasn’t gotten much better and I’m in nearly the same spot as 5 weeks ago, though I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.   It is still a mental struggle.  I’m still injured and god knows a month ago I wouldn’t ever think I’d still be stuck here. 

But as is life.

I got a cortisone shot last week so I’ll tell you that story.   I was fully expecting to just get X-rays for my broken metarsal and my podiatrist asked how my heel was doing as well.  I told him honestly, it felt the same as when it first started hurting.  He then proceeds to say “well we can give you a shot of cortisone”.  I thought I would have to reschedule the appointment, but oh no he goes back and brings in the shot and said we can do that after the X-ray.

If you know me well then you know I absolutely detest shots.  I’ve had everything from being pricked to draw blood to gotting a spinal tap.  For someone who hates shots and drawing blood, I seem to do it more then the average person.  I also pass out 75% of the time a shot goes into my body.  (This time was no exception…but I woke back up in about 1 minute and then was okay).

So needless to say the shot was the MOST (more painful then my spinal tap) painful thing I’ve ever had.   He even gave me numbing freezing stuff but the moment that the medicine hit my muscle.  Oh. My.  Stars)

I’m currently sitting here 5 days later, with absolutely no relief from my cyst (I’m sure it’s probably the same size too).  I was honestly hoping this was the miracle I was looking for to get rid of my cyst, but it wasn’t.  (at least not now…).

And as far as my bone break is going, it’s almost healed.  Just to give a brief overview on my injury: I have a cyst the size of a golf ball under my plantar fascia (first thought to be PF) which eventually caused the muscle to rip off my 5th metatarsal creating a small break.  Neither of my injuries were caused by running and in fact my bone break was caused after I stopped running completely.  Which is why it’s so darn frustrating.

Moving on…

As I posted sometime last week, I’m really matching my training on the elliptical to my running.  Keep in mind I was running about 90 mile weeks.  There is never a way to match running with non-running but I’m just going on time and effort.

I’m also strengthening my core and working my legs more.  If I can strength train my legs and prevent other running related injuries to occur right now, I won’t complain about that.  If anything, during my injury, my body is reseting itself for another productive 10 months of training..whenever I can start that.

I have gotten a lot of questions about my core activities.  I don’t do anything fancy and it only takes me 15 minutes at most daily.  I normally go through a routine like this: pushups, situps, crunches, planks,  roman twists and I’ll do that for 15 minutes.  I have already found that working more core everyday is making me feel better in life.

 Question for you: 

What do you do to work your core? 

I challenge you to do a core exercise now. 

I’ll do my 15 minutes of core so I can walk the walk and not just talk the talk.


  1. You know I can relate to being injured with running and I know how much it sucks ass about not knowing when you’ll heal. I’m lucky enough that my hip fracture will start healing soon. I’m nervous to get back into running so now that I have a somewhat date of when I can start running-I’ve decided to treat my body so much better so I won’t be in such a bad state.

    You have a great attitude Hollie, and this is only the start of your running career.

    1. Thanks Raina, and I’m glad you have so answers! I am glad you are getting back on track and I cannot wait to see how your marathon training goes again!

  2. I don’t really do core workouts as much as I need to. I do yoga and that helps, but really running, strength training, and yoga is about it. Maybe I will start doing more core to help me be a stronger runner too. Sorry your shot was so bad, I am the same way with them and hate them so much too! But like you, I seem to have to get a lot of them too.

  3. Sorry to hear your injuries aren’t healing as quickly as you’d like, Holly. It’s tough being injured, and you’re handling it very well. My yoga instructor is all about corework, so I use her routines to strength my abs–lots of isometric movements, bicycle crunches, etc. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  4. Yuck for injuries!! I pass out when I get blood drawn too– I refuse to go alone because it always happens and once the needle almost ripped out my arm –eek! I try to do something for my core every day– too bad I’m incapable of losing weight apparently!

  5. I’m sorry about all of the injuries! I completely understand what it’s like to be cut off from running… such a mindgame! I’ve had two cortisone shots, one in my foot and one in my knee. They didn’t help me with the pain much either. And trust me, I do NOT do well with shots. My mom works at my doctor’s office and always calls to make sure I show up at my appointments. Hopefully you’ll heal soon so you can jump back into training again soon 🙂
    I’d love to hear what you do for your core workouts. My team does a 8 minute rotation of 45 seconds per type. It makes you feel SO good about your stomach. And strong!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

      1. it was really close to my ankle. My bones were too close together and pinched a nerve when I swam so they were trying to see if shaving them down would help lol I think it was called TLAPS (too long antero-medial process)?

  6. Ugh, I’m so sorry to hear about all of this. I can’t even imagine how frustrating it is for you. But you seem to be making the best of it by turning your focus to other things now; core strength is so important. I’m a big fan of planks and do them randomly throughout the day all the time.

  7. I’m pretty guilty of not doing much core work… At all. Lolz. Anyways. My mom had a cortizone shot in her foot and she said it was TERRIBLE and super painful. You’re a trooper and you’re going to come back stronger than ever.

  8. I took your advice and have started working my core each day after my run, you are right. I feel stronger. I really appreciate your help and am so inspired by you hanging in there. I am blown away by you. plus I feel like we are the same person

  9. You rock, Hollie. This issue will pass. Guaranteed. And you will be back to running as strongly as ever.

  10. So sorry to hear your injury isn’t healing as quickly. You have a great attitude and plan to keep in shape even if it’s not ideal. Keep it up!

  11. My Dad used to get cortisone shots in his back and neck, he said the same thing, most painful shots EVER!!!! I hope you are able to get some relief soon! My two favorite core workouts are called Ab Burner and Core 20, both kick my every loving abs into submission, but I’m starting to feel a difference, so I guess they are working!

  12. I’m just gonna say it..your situation sucks and I’m sorry you’re still dealing with it. Good for you for doing your best to stay on the top of your game!

  13. I am so sorry your injury is not any better, I totally feel your frustration, I’ve been battling a stress fracture since Arpil that WILL NOT heal!

    I am seriously rooting for you!

  14. Ouch sorry to hear about the painful shot 🙁 I’m ridiculously afraid of needles/shots as well. They always make me lie down when taking blood because I freak out to the point of tears. Anyway, hold in there girl! This injury is not permanent.

  15. Oh hunnie, I’m so sorry to hear about your recovery. If you EVER need ANYTHING please feel free to e-mail me. We can “cry” together & feel sorry for ourselves from time to time. Maybe even have a frozen yogurt or something semi unhealthy skype date?? 🙂

    Your a strong girl, just know that you’ll get through this.. I PROMISE!!

  16. You are still so bloody strong for even getting a cortisone shot in your foot – the IronMan guy I mentioned who had one actually fainted due to the pain and he is certainly not a wuss in the slightest. So for you to get through that when you’re not comfortable with needles and the like is incredible. I only wish it had been worth it and helped you.

    Core work? I rely on pilates for that mostly (it’s part of the Body Balance classes I do) but also love planks. Side planks are probably my favourite variation – I’m much better at those than any type of crunches or core stuff when you’re lying on your back.


  17. hmm I am so curious as why they decided a cortisone shot was the way to go…it’s main goal is reduction of muscular fluid inflammation, I don’t see how it would help the cyst/bone breakage. So don’t feel odd if you didn’t notice a reduction in pain or symptoms! and OUCH a cortisone to the foot…eeek!!! I think they are trying to torture you.
    You will come out of this injury stronger, it might not seem that way now, but there’s some crazy reason this freak cyst thing happened to you, I fully believe that! You are one tough cookie, and I know it’s so annoying to hear this when you’re injured (but I’m going to say it anyway cuz I love u I know you can’t hit me from NY!) but the end is near, you will be healed soon so maintain that motivation, it’s so worth it come “healthy-time”!!!
    I wish I could give you a big hug and some of my miles. One day either I will be on the east coast, or you will be on the west coast and we will run happy together! This foot thing is not permanent, and you will be back to 90+ mileage!!!

  18. I have heard these are super painful so I give you some major props for getting through it! Plus it’s made even tougher with you being uncomfortable with needles, ugh 🙁 Let’s keep those healing vibes flowing!
    As far as core work goes… I am OK at it, but def could do more. It would help my body in countless ways, posture is my main one right now

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